*I received a free copy of Bad Ex Karma from Selfpublished via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Bad Ex Karma by Donna Cummings
Published by Selfpublished on 10 June 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Challenges: 2015 New Release Challenge
The dating gods must be crazy.
I'd thought my five-year anniversary would include a fancy dinner, some great sex, and maybe fending off a marriage proposal. Instead, it was the worst sex ever, and at the restaurant, my boyfriend broke up with me.
It's like I've been cursed with Bad Ex Karma. Whenever I try to date a new guy, he ends up with a concussion or a trip to the ER.
My internal "disaster consultants", the What Ifs, completely missed the clues leading to the breakup, so now they're working overtime to protect me from another potential heartbreak. My two best friends set me up on dates while assuring me it won't put men on the endangered species list.
There's one man who seems completely immune to the curse: a sexy chef named Jonathan. He keeps popping up in my life, and he stirs up the most delicious feelings. Maybe Bad Ex Karma isn't such a bad thing after all. . .
Bad Ex Karma has Cummings’ trademark humor that I love so much, that, and the female friendships, the love of wine, and the hot male lead all made it a spectacular read!
My Bad Ex Karma review:
The beginning of Bad Ex Karma was both sad and very emotional, because Bradley actually broke up with Delia at the restaurant where he had taken her to celebrate their five years anniversary! What a douche, right? He had even taken her quite far from home so she couldn’t just stomp out of there and leave him to his own devices. She did manage to buckle up and order the most expensive wine on the menu, though, along with a side of lobster.
The aftermath of the break-up was also quite sad, but Bad Ex Karma still included so many humorous scenes it was hard to choose my fave quotes! Carly and Brooke were truly amazing friends to Delia, even if they might have taken the meddling to a level I would have personally been uncomfortable with. First helping Delia move in, which was awesome, then starting to pester her to start dating again, they were truly relentless – just like best friends should be. The first blind date they sent Delia on didn’t really work very well, though, especially because Delia noticed that both she and her date were checking out the handsome waiter…
Little by little, Delia got out of her funk, and actually managed to meet someone special by chance at a farmer’s market. And this new romance between Jonathan and Delia was both delicious and very funny! Delia was a hoot of a main character, even when she was heart-broken, she was able to find something to laugh about, and she showed her inner strength at more than one occasion. Between the friendships, the wine-tasting business, Jonathan’s job as a chef and the romance sprinkled with humor, I had such a great time with Bad Ex Karma I will possibly read it again!
Written in first person point of view, past tense, I got to know Delia pretty well, and through her eyes I got to know the other characters as well! A perfect read for a hot summer day, if you enjoy romantic comedies, Bad Ex Karma is the book for you!
Some of my favorite Bad Ex Karma quotes:
Done? It wasn’t possible. We were just getting started. I slumped in my chair, blinking back tears, not wanting him to know just how much he had wounded me. I also wanted to yell, “This is so cliché! Do you know how many books on my nightstand start out this exact way!”
When the wine splashed into the glass, it was a beautiful dark ruby hue, the exact color of my battered heart. I swirled the glass and gave the contents a quick sniff before taking a sip, rolling the rich liquid around my mouth.
Three flights of stairs later, and I was cursing Bradley for having the audacity to continue drawing breath every day.
“Jesus,” I said. “I don’t know how I’m going to do this.” My voice sounded piteous, on the verge of an emotional toxic leak, But Carly either ignored it or didn’t detect it.
“You’re so clever, Delia,” she marveled, waiting for me at the top of the stairs. “You found a lace with a built-in exercise program.”