Goodreads description: Ellie has a bad habit of picking the wrong man; a cheating ex-boyfriend, a mild-mannered foot fetishist, and let’s not forget about the hillbilly with the impolite hard-on. But when Sam James, the oh-so-hot bad boy Ellie has sworn to stay away from, keeps turning up like a bad penny, she’s going to need more than her psychic senses to see what’s coming her way
The Break-Up Psychic sounded kind of cute when I read the description, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a certain thing and when you read a description it’s like “oh, that’s it!” In my opinion, the title doesn’t fit because there’s no psychic activity going on, it’s more like intuition. I guess psychic sounds better!
Ellie is fun and flawed. She’s got daddy issues that affects her relationship intuition and ability to trust. She is very suspicious and always listening for “psychic” powers to warn her that a guy isn’t on the level. She can “spot a breakup coming days, even weeks ahead of time” — it’s a feeling. Lately, she’s been getting that feeling about Tim, her current boyfriend. He hasn’t done anything demonstrably terrible but he’s been buying a lot of flowers and lacks interest in foreplay, sending red flags.
Unfortunately for Ellie, the signs are accurate, and she walks in on a rather heated er, interaction between Tim and the neighbor. Ellie is quick to call it quits but Tim wants another shot. The idiot mansplains that her suspicions drove him away. According to him, he made a mistake, but it was her lack of trust and paranoia that pushed him towards another woman Wrong is wrong, but trust is an important part of any relationship. Ellie seems to fling her suspicions at guys, which causes problems. Obviously, being overly suspicious doesn’t make it okay for anyone to cheat, there are other ways to deal with the problem!
Ellie is jaded but she still wants a happily ever after, who doesn’t? She thinks going for a different kind of guy might be the answer. No more bad boys, just stable and boring guys. That should be easy, right? Ha! Soon after vowing to take a different path, she meets bad boy, Sam James. People warn her not to get involved with this guy. She tries to stay away from him, but after she meets him she starts seeing him everywhere. Plus, he is really hot so even though she made a vow, she doesn’t really want to stay away. BUT, she doesn’t know if she can trust him.
There were some things that bugged me:
- It wasn’t exactly instalove, but it was quick. I know that sometimes people fall in love fast and sometimes that works out. It wasn’t completely unbelievable in this story, but it’s still a little annoying.
- One thing it seems like most romance books have is a “if you want me to stop, I need to know right now,” line. This always bugs me because sure, it’s uncomfortable if guys are ready and have to stop but who cares? If at any point during any kind of interaction a person decides they need to stop, it’s time to stop! So maybe the guys should say something like “It would be really nice to know if you want to stop now, but if at any point you need or want to stop, let me know. I’m a human being and I respect you so if you need to stop, it will be fine.” I know the characters aren’t trying to be jerks, but there’s always time to stop, guy who was enamored with her from the beginning!
Things I enjoyed:
- Hilarious bad dates
- Funny moments in general
- Ellie has some great friends that look out for her.
- Seriously steamy love scenes
- Ellie makes realistic mistakes and works through her issues
- I actually really liked that Ellie didn’t have a negative body image. She seems pretty confident about her body and happy with herself. I don’t mind reading about people with confidence issues or body image problems (and I can relate to them) but it was a nice change.
There was some cheesiness but it is a romance novel so that’s pretty much a given. I’d recommend it to someone wanting a hot, sweet, and funny contemporary read! Give a new author a shot!