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Marital Bitch (Men With Badges #1), by J. C. Emery

Marital Bitch__________________________________________________________

Some people never grow up, and there are some people you never grow out of no matter how hard you try.

She’s irrational. He’s crass. She wanted out of South Boston. He never wanted to leave. She keeps him at a distance. He refuses to leave her side. Together, Colleen Frasier and Bradley Patrick are ridiculous and juvenile. Apart, they’re just plain miserable.

While Detective Bradley Patrick was keeping the streets of South Boston safe, Colleen Frasier was busy litigating late into the evening and admiring the view from her high-rise condo downtown. Her life was perfect– sort of. She spent too much time drinking her high-priced lattes and acquiring an impressive shoe collection and before she knew it she was 35 and time for all that other stuff she wanted, like a husband and children, was quickly passing her by. And then there’s that longtime rift that’s kept her and her childhood best friend, Bradley Patrick, at odds for over a decade.

All of that changes on Colleen’s 35th birthday when she receives a surprise marriage proposal from Brad. One night. One birthday wish. Trouble is, he brings out the worst in Colleen. She can’t possibly marry him, can she? She’s never been very good at saying “no” to him, either. What was supposed to end the next day with an annulment takes on a life of its own when video of the wedding ends up on the internet and their families are overjoyed by the news. Fearing the shame of her Catholic family, Colleen has a proposal of her own: pretend the marriage is for real– and Brad is all too willing to play the doting husband.
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I am going to have such a hard time reviewing this book. You see, I have two minds about it.

The writing wasn’t that great. To be true it kind of annoyed me at time. Why exactly, I couldn’t say but still, at times it was just very annoying.

Then there’re the characters. Colleen and Brad were nice characters; They didn’t make any sense, were real pains in each other’s rear, but oddly enough, you like them anyway. I had a little preference for Bradley’s voice though. Colleen can be really hard to deal with and acts like a bitch sometimes.

And the story. Let’s just say that J.C. Emery does not sell us the picture of the dream relationship. It was more like watching an every day couple with their comments and bad breaths in the morning, their snoring contest and also farting contest. Yeah, I know, not exactly the sexiest couple ever… Case in point:

“What time is it?” Brad stretches, arms still around my waist; and yawns, his breath is blowing in my face. I grimace. He really needs a toothbrush, or a breath mint. Maybe a routine cleaning wouldn’t be such a bad idea.”

Also, and like I said before, the story made no sense. First they get married for the night. Then the big deal is that they can’t get an annulment and have to get a divorce. But then they don’t even try to get the damn divorce and just “pretend” to be married, and it just keeps going like this. See, not making sense!

The feeling I have after reading this book is one of clumsiness. It’s like J.C. Emery didn’t really know how to deal with her own story and characters. Or that they are completely bipolar and live among other bipolar people, which in that case makes the book just a little bit more understandable.

Anyway I wouldn’t recommend this book because there are just too many things that don’t make sense.
BUT, and that’s a big BUT, I somewhat enjoyed it. I wanted to know what would happen at the end and how the characters would eventually get their shit together. But maybe I’m just stubborn. That’s entirely possible

So if you still want to give it a try, just do, because the book is for free on Amazon.

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