Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Book Review: Progress

Title Progress

Author Amy Queau

Release Date March 1, 2013

Is love an infection or is it a sick addiction, when there's nowhere left to run?

Jesse has a curious attraction to Charlie, a hostess at the restaurant where he works. Outwardly he’s rude, awkward and unapproachable. But his sudden bursts of charm are inescapable. A devastating childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse have left him complex and frigid.

Charlie, an innocent, is quickly mystified. Her craving for him generates an infatuation and a purpose. Losing weight and gaining confidence, she begins taking more risks. She defies her past, damaged and tender, in order to move ahead.

If nobody makes the first move then nobody gets hurt.

Their journeys take them down parallel paths which leave them just as emotionally unmatched and conflicted as the day they met. As the story progresses the viewpoints change, giving the reader an insight to the character’s thoughts and feelings.

Wow, what a roller coaster! Progress had my emotions all over the place. I found myself flipping back and forth between wanting Charlie and Jesse together to wanting them to stay far away from each other. Even though I did so much flipping back and forth, I'm glad the book ended the way it did. Without giving anything away, I feel like it was more authentic to end the way it did than if it had went the other way.

One thing I liked about the characters in Progress is they had depth. Charlie and Jesse spend time getting to know one another and become friends rather than rushing off into a relationship with a stranger just because they're hot. After reading so many books that hardly delve into characters, Progress was different and enjoyable. I think Queau did a really good job with her characters, storyline, and writing. I'd definitely pick up the second book in the Progress series.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received in exchange for an honest review. *

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