ARC REVIEW: Can I Give My Husband Back? – by Kristen Bailey

Title: Can I Give My Husband Back?
Author: Kristen Bailey
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: June 19th 2020
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: May 15th 2020
Pages: 308

“A heart can beat millions and millions of times throughout your lifetime. Yet you can die from a broken heart.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Ok, that’s it, I’m going to take a break from romcoms for now. It might just be me, but somehow Can I Give My Husband Back? was not exactly a winner for me… I was desperate for a funny read, and the blurb of this story seemed to tick all the right boxes. I had high hopes, but somehow the author’s humor and me are definitely not on the same page. Because guess what? I didn’t laugh once. Nope, not even a snort, not even a giggle… And this was a major letdown for me. I know from the few first reviews popping up that I’m an exception though… But still, what I thought was going to be a funny ride, turned out to be as fun as a trip to the dentist. Ouch?

I have to be honest here and say that I wasn’t a big fan of the writing. It felt halted in points and sometimes was just bit too crude for me… Especially the constant sex talk and sexy scenes, although that wasn’t even my main issue with this book. The big focus on cheating and the love triangle did contribute though; both being major pet peeves for me and both elements always end up making me enjoy a story a lot less. Especially when Emma lets that bastard walk all over her and keeps doing the same even after their divorce. I know this is a personal aversion, but it was hugely frustrating for me. And this includes seeing how she lets him be around her children as he lies, cheats and seems to be a bad influence in general. And then I’m not even talking about the newer developments in his life…

There were things I really appreciated too, including the relationship between the five sisters, Emma’s new crush and the kids (including one of Emma’s patients). But overall this story just wasn’t for me; both because I wasn’t able to laugh even once and because I had to deal with that cheating and lying bastard the whole story. I guess the unpopular opinion curse has struck once again? I know humor is a personal thing though, so if you think this is your cup of tea, don’t miss out on my account.


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WWW Wednesdays #269 – May 20th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m currently reading an ARC of the fifth Eddie Flynn book Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh… I know it’s not due a couple of months yet, but I just couldn’t resist picking it up after binge-reading the first four books… I’m also starting another ARC: The House Guest by Mark Edwards, which I’ve been looking forward to. And I’ve decided to start my Dutch read of the year as well: Moederkruid by Carry Slee. I’m not sure how long it will take to actually read it (depends on how much I like the story I guess), but at least it’s a short read either way. xD

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Plea by Steve Cavanagh (4/5 stars) REVIEW
After an excellent experience with The Defence, I was more than ready for more Eddie Flynn with The Plea. And while I do have to say that I might have enjoyed my second round a tiny bit less, there is also no doubt that The Plea is still a more than excellent read. We are in for another action-packed and thrilling ride, and I’m not joking when I say that this series is hands down one of the most exhilarating legal thriller series I’ve read to this date.

2. Can I Give My Husband Back? by Kristen Bailey (3/5 stars) REVIEW 11/06
I was desperate for a funny read, and the blurb of this story seemed to tick all the right boxes. I had high hopes, but somehow the author’s humor and me are definitely not on the same page. Because guess what? I didn’t laugh once. Nope, not even a snort, not even a giggle… And this was a major letdown for me. I know from the few first reviews popping up that I’m an exception though… But still, what I thought was going to be a funny ride, turned out to be as fun as a trip to the dentist. Ouch?

3. The Liar by Steve Cavanagh (4/5 stars) REVIEW 
Eddie Flynn; round number three… And without doubt another successful and thrilling ride! While I think book number one and four are my absolute favorites of the series so far, The Liar by no means disappoints. Once again I can repeat that The Liar is hands down one of the most exhilarating legal thrillers I’ve read to this date! And it’s all on Eddie Flynn. He is such a powerful character and his charms won me over as soon as I first met him last year.

4. Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh (4,5/5 stars) REREAD (OLD REVIEW)
Thirteen was my first meeting with Eddie Flynn last year, and I’ve been a fan ever since. The reread has confirmed to me that this is hands down my favorite book of the series so far, and I definitely had an excellent time the second time around.

5. The Bird And The Sword by Amy Harmon (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 21/05
I think it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of anything Amy Harmon writes, and I still can’t believe it took me this long to read The Bird And The Sword. I’m not surprised that I ended up loving my time with this story! The magic, the world of Jeru, the characters, the writing… Oh yes, this was definitely a winner for me.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’ll probably read The Queen And The Cure by Amy Harmon next as I loved the first book and want to read the sequel while memories are still fresh… Afterwards, it’s back to ARCs with Stranger In The Lake (June blog tour) by Kimberly Belle and a The Catch by T.M. Logan. My latest TBR jar pick is still Evil At Heart by Chelsea Cain, which I probably won’t be able to read this month as I have a pile of thriller ARCs I should read first.


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WWW Wednesdays #268 – May 13th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m currently in the middle of my Eddie Flynn series binge-read and I’m working on book number two The Plea… I’m also keeping Can I Give My Husband Back? by Kristen Bailey at hand for when I’m in the mood for a change of genre and a little break from the action.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald (4/5 stars) BLOG TOUR REVIEW 17/05
Look out for my review during my stop of the blog tour!!

2. The Girl Beneath The Sea by Andrew Mayne (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 15/05
I’m always in for a good detective thriller, and I admit that I was sold as soon as I saw the Florida police diver angle. It sounded like a mix of CSI Miami and one of my favorite action thriller series Lori Anderson, especially with the treasure hunter and diver angle as well as the promise of a kickass female main character. And I definitely liked what I found! The Girl Beneath The Sea turned out to be exactly the thrilling and exhilarating dose of action and detective thriller I didn’t even know I was craving until I started reading it.

3. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (4/5 stars) REVIEW 25/05
After a few misses with recent romcoms, I was really putting all my hopes on Tweet Cute for one last try… And it looks like I finally hit the jackpot: what an absolutely adorable adorable read this was! Trust me, this book is gold if you are looking for a supercute YA contemporary romance read, and it’s without doubt a debut to keep your eyes on. While not without cliches and even a dose of teen angst, those were mostly forgiven thanks to the sheer cute factor of Tweet Cute as a whole.

4. This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf (4/5 stars) BLOG TOUR REVIEW 18/05
Look out for my review during my stop of the blog tour!!

5. The Defence by Steve Cavanagh (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 19/05
Ever since I read and loved Thirteen last year, I’ve been meaning to catch up with the first three books… Better late than never right? This first book has only reconfirmed my love for the Eddie Flynn books, and I can’t wait to catch up with the rest of the series before I start my ARC of the newest book.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I will keep working on my Eddie Flynn series binge-read; book three The Liar is up next before I start my reread of book four and get to the ARC of number five. I also have more ARCs due soon: The House Guest by Mark Edwards and The Catch by T.M. Logan. I’m looking forward to both!  My newest TBR jar pick is still Evil At Heart by Chelsea Cain, which I won’t be reading until after I finish the Eddie Flynn books and a bunch of upcoming ARCs.


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