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April 13, 2016

Review: Regrets Only by M. J. Pullen

Regrets Only

Title: Regrets Only
Author: M. J. Pullen
Publisher: Raincoast Canada
Publication date: March 1, 2016
Genre(s): Adult contemporary 
Source: Publisher
Pages: 336

At thirty-three, Suzanne Hamilton has no regrets. A successful event planner with a swanky condo in a hot Atlanta neighborhood, she’s got a close group of friends and a list of men a mile long who would happily bend over backwards to win her heart. Plus, she’s just landed the event that will take her career to the next level.

Then a freak accident changes everything. Humiliated, with her career in tatters, Suzanne’s lost her business not to mention her self-respect. She’s managed, however, to retain the surprising support of her newest celebrity client: the sexy country music star, Dylan Burke. Against her better judgment, but without any better offers, Suzanne agrees to plan a wedding for one of the Burke sisters. But when she comes to realize her freak accident was anything but, her catalog of past relationships turns into a list of suspects and Suzanne must question everything—her career, her friendships, and most acutely, her own dating rules.

As it turns out she might have quite a bit to regret after all.
I picked up Regrets Only when I needed a quick fun contemporary read, which is what I got. The story enters around an event planner, Suzanne, who was planning a big event for country star Dylan Burke. Unfortunately during the event, something goes very wrong and Suzanne's reputation as an event planner goes down the drain. Not only that, but it seems like someone is out to get Suzanne. Dylan comes to the rescue (for her career) and asks her to plan his sister's wedding, which she accepts. 

Obviously sparks fly for Suzanne and Dylan.. however he is seven years younger... and Suzanne has commitment issues (to say the least). There's also the whole mystery behind who was out to get Suzanne. Unfortunately I felt the mystery was slightly unnecessary because it was underdeveloped and to be honest obstructed the flow of the story more than it gave it interest. Maybe because I read too many mystery novels. So take this mystery plot with a grain of salt. Suzanne and Dylan's relationship as somewhat messy.. but I mean, it is one of the times where it had reason to be messy. I really liked Suzanne and Dylan's friendship, and I wished it was developed more before jumping into the romance, but it was still enjoyable. 

If you want to pick up a contemporary to get you out of a reading slump, or one you can read through quickly, then this is the one for you. Even if it isn't 100% memorable, at the time I was reading it, I was interested enough to sit and read for long stretches of time. This is a feat for me especially since I have only read 8 books in 2016 so far. 

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a really good read and something I'd enjoy. Great review, Juhina! I'll be keeping an eye out for Regrets Only (what a cute title).

    Sarika @ The Readdicts