Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Text Me, Maybe by Jolyse Barnett

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Title: Text Me, Maybe
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Romance

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

New to the Big Apple, the last thing Lexie Bloom needs is to fall for two guys at once. Especially when she can’t have either. One is her personal trainer, an Adonis way out of her league. The other? A Brit Lit professor her svelte boss insists she woo for her—via text message, no less. Little does she know, the two are the same man…

Matthew Hennessey is intrigued by his shy new client at the gym. But before he gets the chance to ask her out, he discovers she’s the one crafting the flirty texts sent to him by a woman who wouldn’t know Lord Byron from Lady Gaga. To get to know her better, he allows Lexie to play her role. She may have given up on the idea of romance, but Matthew’s bound and determined to show her love is alive and well in New York City.
I was looking for a light, romantic read and that's exactly what I got with Text Me, Maybe. I enjoyed the premise of Lexie thinking she was falling for two guys at the same time. She fell in love with Matthew's body and the literary professor's brain, at least in the beginning. It was kind of frustrating to see Matthew playing both himself and "Steel", as Lexie called him (short for "buns of steel"), throughout pretty much the entire novel. It was obvious to see that once she found out that he was actually the guy she had been texting, the guy she was supposed to be setting her boss up with, she would be understandably upset. I guess, though, if he had come clean as soon as he found out, Lexie probably would have backed off right away in order to not make her boss angry and potentially lose her job. When you look at it that way, it had to happen as it did, even if it was like a slow-motion train wreck; you could see Matthew approaching an eventual crash-and-burn, but were powerless to do anything but enjoy the chemistry between the couple.

Matthew was so sweet. He was always going out of his way to help others and the date nights he set up proved he was really paying attention to her and wanted to do things that would make her happy. He was patient, kind, considerate...heck, he was pretty much perfect boyfriend material. Except of course for the lying to the object of his affection, but all his other good qualities made up for his poor judgment in handling the texting situation. 

Yep, that Matthew is a dreamy fella! (source:

Lexie was a bit hesitant about the whole "love" scenario. She had been burnt one too many times and had lived her life with a mom who equated happiness with being in a relationship. She didn't exactly know what love was supposed to look like and even when she started to get to know Matthew and fall for him, she pulled away. Her reactions seemed to come out of left field sometimes, but I'm guessing she just had the instinct to flee when she felt things were getting too intense. Getting dumped never feels good, so I can't fault her for not wanting to experience that again, even if it was annoying to see her running away from someone who only wanted to be there for her.

I'm not really sure how to feel about Lexie's boss, Sylvia Swann. I did chuckle every time she was in a scene because she was usually referred to as "Ms. Swann" (MadTV anyone?).

Ms. Swan - er, Swann - needs someone that look-a like-a man (source:
Sometimes she seemed like a snooty man-eater, other times she seemed like she might actually be an alright friend. Honestly, she wasn't in the book enough to make a definitive statement on that. I really thought she would have played more of a part, considering Lexie was going through all of this trouble texting a "stranger" on her behalf. In the end, she still fulfilled her destiny of ramping up the suspense when the proverbial crap hit the fan.

If you're looking for a book with tons of twists, turns, and suspense, this probably isn't the read for you. However, if you're in the mood for a romantic read complete with an adorable impromptu karaoke number reminiscent of Heath Ledger's scene-stealer in 10 Things I Hate About You, then you will likely enjoy Text Me, Maybe.

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