{Review} He’s Come Undone by Theresa Weir

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{Review} He’s Come Undone by Theresa WeirHe's Come Undone by Theresa Weir
Publisher: Belfry Press (Self-Published) on March 1, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 220

Our Rating

4 Stars

Penniless and behind on rent, college student and once famous child actress Ellie Barlow takes on the role of a lifetime when she's hired by a group of young women to break the heart of the campus player who cruelly dumped them.

Transformed from slob slacker to jaw-dropping beauty, Ellie is dressed, styled, bleached and waxed, her chunky glasses exchanged for violet contacts. Along with physical prepping, she's coached on Julian's obsessions, which include long-distance running and J.D. Salinger.

In no time, Julian is in pursuit of his custom-made next victim, but when Ellie goes off script and begins to fall for her target, the newest broken heart in this risky game could be her own.



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

ReasonsToReadWashed up former child actress Ellie Barlow needs a gig — any gig — to make ends meet.  So when a group of college girls want to hire her to break a guy’s heart, she gets past her skepticism and ignores her conscience in favor of the five thousand dollars they promise her if she can get him to say he loves her.  It’s not exactly the acting job she was aiming for, but it will certainly pay the bills.  If only she didn’t like him so much…

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TheVerdictOkay, so my initial reaction was that the story was a bit far-fetched, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed plausible.  And if you’ve been around a teenage girl any time lately, you know exactly what I mean.  Most of them aren’t exactly logical when their hearts are broken, and they resort to all kinds of insanity like spreading rumors, cruising past his house at 3am, and dreaming up all kinds of crazy scenarios in which they come out the victor and he’s left with regrets.  So while the idea of college girls hiring a has-been actress to snare and break a guy might not seem very realistic, I would imagine that with the right financial resources, it’s exactly what some might do.  But that’s not what’s so awesome about this story.

While the plot is in some ways predictable, it didn’t play out exactly like I expected.  Sure, Ellie managed to get Julian’s attention.  And yes, he liked her even more when her own personality seeped into the role she was playing.  And of course, he discovered her deception and channeled a bit of hate her way.  But everything in between?  Not predictable at all.

There was a lost beret, a bar fight that became a YouTube hit, a traumatic event that had Julian subconsciously taking advantage of girls — not some illogical decision based on his parents’ bad marriage or some girl that previously broke his heart and trust.  He wasn’t callous, even though his actions certainly were, and he honestly thought the random hook-ups were just part of what college was about.  The medication and therapy and complete obliviousness to his wrongs just made him all that more believable and easy to love.

And Ellie… Well, she wasn’t at all what I expected.  She was never recognized as the girl from that television show, her financial situation was what I would imagine many former child stars go through, and while she was desperate to make a living, she wasn’t necessarily desperate for a second Hollywood wind so much as she just wanted to continue her craft.  In many ways, she was just a normal, down-on-her-luck girl who got roped into something by a vengeful estrogen fest.

But best of all was the way it was all worked out.  As usual, I won’t give away the ending, but the resolution seemed to happen by chance in a way and was spot on for Ellie’s character.  Hell, even the repercussions of her somewhat grand gesture weren’t miraculously swept away.  If you’re looking for a rather classic romance novel story line with an entirely new twist, characters that avoid the usual cliches, and a great but believable happily ever after, He’s Come Undone is a definite win.

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About Theresa Weir

Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-four books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy, and memoir. During her award-winning career, she's written for Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Books/Random House, Silhouette Books, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette, and Amazon's Thomas & Mercer. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages.

Her first memoir, THE ORCHARD, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians’ Best Books of 2011. Her second memoir, THE MAN WHO LEFT, was a New York Times Bestseller. Going back to 1988, Weir’s debut title was the cult phenomenon AMAZON LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books. Writing as Theresa Weir, she won a RITA for romantic suspense (COOL SHADE), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (BAD KARMA). In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist.

 

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