So Much Better, by Marie Rochelle (2014) is a re-release of a book originally published in 2010. This story involves an administrative assistant, Keri that is secretly in love with her boss. Her boss, Richie, who is described as this sexy long-haired red head Irishman, suffered a tragedy six months prior when his fiancée was killed in a car accident on the way home from her bachelorette party. Richie turns away from his friends and only allows Keri to be there for him while grieving.
While I enjoyed the book overall, I was a little disappointed that mid-way through the book, the author turned a strong African American female into a whiny, clinging woman. When she finally gets what she has wanted for so long, she allows apparently deep insecurities, which the author gives no background or basis for, to come into play.
Richie, on the other hand, as soon as he accepts his feelings for Keri, goes forward full steam ahead. He not only professes his love, even though Keri doesn’t listen, but also acts on it.
The one part that intrigued me the most was the relationship between Richie and his family. At Keri’s urging, he is rebuilding his relationship with his brother, but still will not talk to his parents. Ms. Rochelle gives no hint, other than a brief conversation between Richie and Nick about how life was after his parents adopted Tate at a young age.
I have enjoyed the works written by Ms. Rochelle and will continue to read her books. I will not necessarily repurchase a re-release unless she has made some major additions or changes. This version is the same as the one I read in 2010.
-Reviewed by Selina