Review: She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop

 

She Regrets Nothing will be on sale TOMORROW, February 6th!! Read my thoughts!

 

 

SHE REGRETS NOTHING by Andrea Dunlop

Washington Square Press/Atria Books | On Sale: February 6, 2018 | ISBN: 9781501155987 | 400 pages | $16.00

 

In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth, the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, SHE REGRETS NOTHING is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.

 

Did I just finish reading a book or did I just finish watching a telenovela that only played in my head? The world may never know.
This book is everything I hate in 384 pages. And… I loved it. I didn’t even know that was possible. That alone makes me want to give it all the stars—I mean flowers—in the world. But there’s even more things about this book that I hate/love. And one little thing that I hated more than loved so let’s start with that!

She Regrets Nothing started out a little (too) slow-paced for me. I usually enjoy reading fast paced books where the author throws feelings at your face since the beginning so reading one that started slow and then continued slow for a while was not my favorite thing in the world but at the same time it wasn’t all bad. Andrea Dunlop’s writing is BEAUTIFUL. When I say beautiful I mean it is like nothing I’ve ever read before. Her writing is so good you are not even going to try to skim read through the slow parts because you get to know about the characters and their life style and it is just plain amazing. Andrea is like a goddess above New York City who tells us everything about every character in this story (or almost everything at least)—and yes, what I mean is she wrote it in third person. I’m not one to read a lot of third person narrated books but after reading this one, I want to devour every book narrated in third person.

When I started reading this book I had no idea what I was in for. I kept asking myself, what even is this story? Is it a thriller? A suspense story? WHAT is going to happen? Not knowing nearly drove me crazy but that only added to the excitement. It was refreshing not knowing what would come next. That’s why I don’t want to give anything away. But I will tell you this, about forty percent into the story things start getting messy and twisted. The kind of twisted that grabs your stomach with two hands and squeezes so hard you start feeling anxious and thinking this is not going to end well! That’s when I really started hating/loving the story. The lies started, the sex started, the dark side of the wealthy life started to come out and some characters’ true selves started to be revealed. It is probably the most thrilling story I have ever read.

As soon as I finished reading She Regrets Nothing I wanted to scream, cut the book into tiny pieces and burn it a fire. I’ve never felt so frustrated and betrayed. I’m the kind of gal that always sees the best in people and wants the good people to have the good life they deserve and let’s just say… someone in this book deserved better, they didn’t get what they deserved and I will be forever bitter. I don’t think I’ve ever been this affected by a story and it just makes me love it more in a twisted way because dang! That’s an amazing writer right there!

I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. This one is for all of my fellow book lovers who love themselves a thrilling story with unexpected turns and unpredictable endings. It’ll make you want to punch someone in the face, bite your nails and wonder why, why, WHY.

 

Massive thanks to Booksparks and Washington Square Press/Atria Books for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

 

4 / 5 flowers

 

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Andrea Dunlop is the author of Losing the Light and Broken Bay, a novella. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, where she works as a social media consultant.

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