don’t run into your ex when you look a mess!

rating: ★★★★☆

title: The Spare Bedroom

author: Elizabeth Neep

release date: May 1, 2020

setting: Australia

publisher: Bookoture

genres: contemporary romance, chick lit

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookoture for my digital arc in exchange for my honest review.

Jess is a mess. Like seriously… A MESS… She moved from England to Australia and has nothing to show for it. No job and no place to live. While looking like a drowned rat, she runs into her ex boyfriend (like love of her life kind of deal). We go from that encounter to her staying in his spare bedroom in the home he shares with his new girlfriend… just when Jess thinks she has hit rock bottom, she begins to pile on the lies to save face… but like in any similar situation, they catch up to her and her plans backfire.
I am not into books that deal with religion. And I wasn’t expecting this book to include anything like that, but it was done really well.
This book also threw me off because it jumps around from present time to the past, but in a weird sort of order. One chapter will be present, then it will jump to 2018, then present, then 2017, present, 2019… it was jarring…
All in all I really enjoyed this book. Jess was a mess and I wanted to shake her at times. I wanted the outcome to be different, though. But, the rest of the characters were interesting. Jess found allies where she wasn’t expecting…

Book synopsis:

Armed with a super-sized backpack full of optimism, Jess sets off in search of sun, sea and a much-needed new beginning.

Things don’t get off to a good start.

Instead of sunshine, she’s met with torrential rain. Her job prospects are as dismal as the weather and that friend-of-a-friend she was meant to stay with has fallen through. Just as Jess is homeless, jobless and wishing she’d gone for the waterproof mascara, she runs into the last person she expected to see. Sam. The ex she never got over. Jess always believed that one day fate would bring them back together. Now he’s here, more gorgeous than ever.

Before she knows it, Jess is accepting Sam’s offer to stay in his spare room. But while she may have been less than truthful about the mess she’s in, there is also one rather important thing Sam has neglected to mention.

Suddenly Jess isn’t just living with her ex, but with his new girlfriend too. All of that baggage she thought she left behind may have caught up with her…

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