Switched by Elise Sax
June 28, 2014
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy (Adult), Romantic Suspense (Adult)
Debra’s wedding day ended when the groom jilted her three hours before the ceremony, leaving her with a stiff catering bill and a broken heart. Now, he’s off to Bora Bora on a one-man honeymoon, and she’s on the couch in her wedding dress, watching Christmas movies and eating her way through the corner market.
Inspired by her movie marathon, she decides to do a home exchange on a Spanish island to get over her ex. But Debra’s life is nothing like the movies, and her home exchange goes terribly wrong.
Stranded, she draws the attention of a hunky café owner who might know more than he admits about the disappearances of some local women. If Debra's not careful, she may be the next one to disappear.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
When Jackson left Debra at the alter, he broke her heart and her bank account. Now he’s off on a dream honeymoon for one, and she’s got only a few weeks to vacate their condo before he sells it out from under her. With nothing left to loose, Debra quickly agrees to a house swap vacation, a chance to get away on a budget and stay on a picturesque island of the coast of Spain. But a rodent invasion, a missing waitress, and a sexy cafe owner promise to make this one vacation she will never forget.
After reading Bounty, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more books by Elise Sax. But alas, books aren’t usually in my budget, so I’ve been watching and waiting for a deal. When Switch popped up in a sale, I jumped at it, having read the first chapter in a sneak peak and knowing I was in for another great read. Unfortunately, it didn’t really turn out the way I’d expected.
The story started off well enough, with the rather humorous dramatics of a jilted woman and her attempts to come to grips with her break-up, her financial woes, and the bad decisions — in hindsight — that got her there. With the kind of spontaneity anyone who’s ever been dumped can understand, she signs on for a vacation on a small island, heading off to what she hopes will be a rather peaceful adventure where she can get her head together. But her best laid plans are shot to hell by a million mice, a sexy but gruff cafe owner, and some strange disappearances of local women.
That should have been where things got really fun — at least for the reader — but for me, it’s where things began to fall apart. Any connection I’d felt to Debra faded rather quickly, and I just didn’t understand her attraction to Doyle. Perhaps he was supposed to be mysterious, but I just saw him as strange, and his somewhat apathetic attitude toward her certainly didn’t win him any points in my book. He did seem to care about her at times — like the whole swimming thing when she got sick on the party yacht — but that bit was rather fractured. There was no consistency to him, and the more I read, the less it all made sense to me. As things got stranger and more over-the-top, what interest I had in finding out what happened next waned, and I ended up bailing at the 50% mark.