What Happens in Paris: Adventures Abroad #2 by Jen McConnel

What Happens in Paris: Adventures Abroad #2 by Jen McConnel

There’s a reason why I am careful about the “new adult” titles I read, mostly it’s a patience level. Please read on for my review of

What Happens in Paris

Admittedly not the target group for this story: but travel using funds to secure your future, and then not tell your family where to find you?  Ummmm… bad choices.

And I could have lived with Camie’s depression and heartbreak over a relationship break, and even her heading to Paris to “clear her head”, I quickly lost patience with her and the story.

Camie is a grade A class whinger, immature, selfish and thoughtless. I can’t say stupid, since she was on scholarship at university, but she has ZERO common sense.  But, even that didn’t bore me as much as her continual bad choices, without thought or consideration for anyone. Someone this immature should not be allowed out in the world, and, fortunately for her Prince Charming arrived in the form of Hunter, to rescue this hopeless maiden, in a one night stand. Well, I use that term loosely since Camie was drunk, Hunter took advantage and assured her that she was “into it”, but guess what – until that point she was a virgin.  So, we add in sexual assault (Just because you woke up together – nothing – N O T H I N G mitigates the fact that you were in a situation of no or dubious consent.  Period.)

WHAT is with this week  – two books have had problematic scenes of dubious consent with poorly constructed reactions from perpetrators and victims.  I do hope that this is not a sign of the ‘new trend”.

But in a continuous collection of bad choices and ideas, she is now ‘besties’ with two girls who were staying in the room next door – and they are off to Italy with a new friend in the group- Camie.

A short novella that was lacking in plotting, character development, questionable situations that were handled badly at best, and a heroine who actually shows zero growth, remorse or learning from ANY of it.  It’s not the brevity or the ‘one night stands in various European cities’ that bothers me, I have read and enjoyed a New Adult erotic series that holds the “one night’ to the premise.  It was the lack of characters that held any spark of redeeming qualities or personality that makes me want to know them.

What Happens in Paris: Adventures Abroad #2 by Jen McConnel

Title: What Happens in Paris
Author: Jen McConnel
Series: Adventures Abroad #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Bloomsbury Spark
ISBN: 9781619635371
Published on: 16 June, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 250
Rated: two-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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Four countries.
Three girls.
Three loves.
One adventure abroad they'll never forget.

Camie can't figure out what she wants, from college or life…until she meets Hunter. But will the magic of a romantic night in Paris last till the morning?

Fall in love with the second novella in the New Adult series, Adventures Abroad!

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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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.

About Jen McConnel

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and a proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She's a graduate of Western Michigan University, and she also earned her MS in Library Science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.