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    Mixed Signals

    No, breakups are never easy, especially after a longer relationship. They often take a toll on the people, sometimes even affecting the people around the couple separating. This story is a somber and wistful tale of the end of Jillian and Nico's relationship after six years together and three weeks engaged. It is told in the first person from Jillian's point of view only, and we get to live with her through all the angst, sorrow, sadness, doubts, the first laughs after the split, the disaster that follows with the radio station, the pining after Nico, the hopes for them coming back together, the rejections, the anger, all the crazy that can happen after a very public breakup, all the thoughts that are in her mind for several months that follow. The dark cloud does have the silver lining, Ben. But it takes time for Jillian to be able to move on, and get over Nico, the years they were together, the humiliation of the whole town knowing what is going on in her life. And even though Ben is there for support and some flirts, the story's focus is on moving on from the breakup, getting over the past, and learning to accept what happened. I didn't know if I should have laughed or cried for the desperation of the dating world for the thirty-somethings wanting a relationship. I am aware it's not easy, and not making fun of it in any form, but the dread Jillian had was written with humor and made me want to laugh out loud. With the different twist to a romance story, being more about breakup and development from the devastation of it, than the development of a relationship, it really wasn't for me, or for my taste. That said, I am sure there are many who will enjoy it. I just didn't like to be stuck in Jillian's head with the first person point of view. I guess this story is a great example of what can happen when a relationship goes on for years without commitment one of the party wants and needs, in a way reminding me of the movie He Just Not That Into You. With the silver lining shining, the author gave a satisfying and pleasing storyline of the worst case scenario of a breakup turning into a blessing and growing moment in life ~ Three Spoons
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    Contemporary Romance

    Mixed Signals by Diane Barnes Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This one is hard for me to rate. The writing was well done, the characters developed so well that I felt I knew them, the plot lined up perfectly, the romance was there BUT I did not get Jillian. I liked her in some ways but just could not figure out how she could invest so much time in Nico. Then, the lingering angst post breakup that lasted months with her hoping he would return while she grieved, lied to herself and others and was unwilling to move on just did not make sense to me. Then again, I was always one to know almost immediately whether or not I could spend time with someone and usually moved on within a month knowing when it would not work. I would never have spent years in a relationship waiting for a man that did not want me enough to commit. Other than that small thing I have to say that it was an enjoyable read that told of the pain Jillian was feeling. Her life was played out for the reader to see in all of its glory and despair. Her friends were true, her work colleagues provided balance, Nico was scum and the men he worked for were lower than scum. I loved Walter, her landlord, and felt he was a wonderful man with wisdom I would have liked to access. And Ben…perfect book boyfriend material. I really liked him from the beginning - even though he was a bit of a player. He just might be too good for Jillian UNLESS there was more to her than the unhappy woman she was through most of the book. 3.5 Stars
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