Jennifer Joyce comes to the blog today with her new release
The Accidental Life Swap
Rebecca has a degree in events management, but has been the general dogsbody a little bit in awe of her take no prisoners boss, who can’t even get her name right. That’s ok in Rebecca’s book though, as she’s certain to get the promotion that’s coming up – and then she can make the impression that she’d hoped for. But, being called into Vanessa’s office isn’t quite what she expected – she’s to ‘oversee’ the renovation of her boss’ country house – and Rebecca doesn’t bat an eye.
She arrives – people think she’s Vanessa, she’s justifying her not correcting them by “feeling” more confident and able to act in ways that are against her nature. Of course, she’s enamored of one of the builders – and even acts inappropriately – despite her own reservations, and we’re meant to think that a ‘harmless’ shot of the man’s rear-end, shared with a friend because it’s ‘so’ shareable is ok? Were it a male character – he’d be crucified – but there is still a way to go when the reverse is true, apparently.
Becca – for me – was hard to relate to and even harder to enjoy- from her mercurial switches to what she thought was “confidence’ but simply came off as a bad imitation of the much more bitchy Vanessa, to her lying about her identity and genuine belief that when everyone realizes she’s lied and duped them that it won’t be a problem. It’s just a few steps too far into suspension of belief. And while the story was easy to read, it was unevenly paced and full of contradictions in Becca’s personality that had me ready to put this down more than once. Many of the characters were stereotypical and flat for it, and while there were laughs, the story was so untethered to reality that it flew by with barely a squeak – some will love it – others won’t be so intrigued, but I’m not sure it would encourage me to read more of this author’s work.
Title: The Accidental Life Swap by Jennifer Joyce
Author: Jennifer Joyce
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Published by: HQ Digital
Published on: 1 September, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 14 minutes
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Sometimes one moment can change your life forever…
Rebecca Riley has always been a bit of a pushover. When her glamorous boss, Vanessa, asks her to jump, she doesn’t just ask how high… she asks if her boss would like her to grab a coffee on the way back down!
So whilst overseeing the renovation of Vanessa’s beautiful countryside home, the last thing Rebecca ever expected was to be mistaken for her boss – or that she would even consider going along with it! Far away from the bustling city and her boss’s demanding ways, could she pretend to be Vanessa and swap lives, just for a little while?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.