Review: Waking Amy by Julieann Dove

29337681-1Waking Amy

Series: Amy, #1

Author: Julieann Dove

Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit

Note: I received this book from the author via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.

As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.

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It’s not very often that I read a romance where the thirty-something heroine is quite as sheltered or innocent as Amy was in Waking Amy. It certainly made for an interesting storyline.

Waking Amy is the story of a woman on the verge of an emotional, sexual and fundamental shift. Amy’s hit rock bottom in her marriage, her husband having left her prior to ending up in a coma. She’s willing to do anything it takes to get Wesley back. In order to make herself more desirable, she asks Wesley’s womanizing doctor, Mark, to help her. As Mark guides on her path of self-discovery, she slowly starts to wonder if maybe she’s trying to impress the wrong man.

Amy was way more naive than any 30-year-old I know. She didn’t show skin, wasn’t really interested in sex and was very conservative. The struggles she went through, how she examined her upbringing and the way she tried to recreate herself was inspirational. But I didn’t really connect with her or like her. Her naiveté kind of annoyed me at times. It gave a snotty tone to some of her point of view. And once I got to know how her relationship with Wesley evolved, I was a little disgusted with her.

Mark I liked. His storyline was my favorite. I loved when Amy stepped in and helped him several times. He had some great witty dialog and was fun to read about.

I didn’t care for the addition of Tom’s character and the love square it created. Amy already had enough going on with Wesley and Mark. He just seemed like extra thrown in to show she decided to take care of herself first.

Waking Amy felt more like Women’s Fiction/Chit Lit than Contemporary Romance. While there was romance to the story, it was mostly about Amy discovering who she truly wanted to be. I liked the story a lot, I just wish I had been fonder of Amy. I am interested to see where life takes her next, but I am a little surprised this is going to be a series. The ending wrapped up the book really well.

I would recommend Waking Amy if you enjoy novels about characters discovering their potential.

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