Mending Michael by J. P. Grider | Review

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There is a fine line between love and hate.

When bartender Mick Ross first sees Holy Buchanan walk into Donny's Bar, his heart comes to a halt. That is, until she serves him her fake ID and reveals her true nature when she's declined her drink.

Holly thinks Mick is an ass, and she has no clue why he can't stand her. Though, she does enjoy looking at his ass.

So, when Donny hires Holly to waitress at his bar, she must either deal with Mick's hatred toward her or give him a taste of his own medicine.

Tensions are high. Comments are made. Hearts are hurt. But if there really is a fine line between love and hate, then Mick and Holly must decide on which side they stand.

Mick dislikes Holly, he really can't stand her, and the whole fake ID incident is, to me, a rather ridiculous reason to dislike someone. Aside from the hatred, Mick has a lot going on in his life, and we're thrown straight in the deep end in Chapter 1. Mick's sister Charity is a drug addict, and she's failing rather spectacularly to look after her three year old daughter. Trying to avoid Kenna being taken away into social services, Mick takes her into temporary custody. But his lifestyle isn't suited to having a little girl. He works late nights as a bartender, he lives above a bar, and he has an alcohol problem. So really, he does not have his life together at all, and social services see that and take Kenna away. Not that unexpected if you ask me.

Holly, to the outside world, appears to have her life together a lot more than Mick. She's from a rich family and at college doing finance. Turns out that's her daddy's choice and she actually hates finance and numbers. Holly certainly talks the talk, she's sarcastic and sassy, giving as good as she gets, but she can't stand up to her father. It became a little tedious after a while listening to her complaining on and on about being forced into a path she does not want to take. 

Mending Michael was a good book, it was just predictable. Straight off it's clear that Holly's going to end up wanting to study social services and that Mick's got a drinking problem that needs to be sorted out before he can go anywhere in life. The story was pleasant, but it wasn't very groundbreaking.

The relationship that developed between Holly and Mick was sweet, she helped him with the custody battle, but he pushed her away, wanting to wait until he had his life together because he wouldn't be able to give her everything. Again, listening to the same 'if you'll wait' speech became rather monotonous, as did Holly panicking about 'that other woman'. Sometimes it felt like drama for dramas sake.

Mending Michael was a good book, it broke no barriers and has a tendency to be predictable, I'd recommend it for a holiday read when you want a nice pleasant book.

Have you read Mending Michael? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

'Mending Michael' by J. P. Grider
3 Stars

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