Monday, March 6, 2017

Blog Tour: What About Her - Emma Tharp

What About Her

by Emma Tharp 
Publication Date: March 3, 2017 
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

FREE in KindleUnlimited

It’s been six months since Willow left Kate Bergman’s college dorm room to go for an evening run…and never came back. Everybody else who loved Willow is ready for closure, but something deep inside Kate says that her dearest childhood friend is somehow still alive. And that obstinate conviction is alienating all the people Kate loves most. Even River McEwan is upset with her, and that’s the deepest blow of all. River was Willow’s boyfriend, but the three of them—Kate, Willow, and River—have been friends since childhood. When a professor assigns Kate and River to be partners in a joint research project, Kate hopes it’s a chance to tear down the barrier between them, but instead faces an even bigger challenge. As she and River meet over the school project, their renewed friendship flares into something more. Soon River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine giving up River, Kate doesn’t know whether she can—or even should—stop wondering whether Willow will ever come home….


When I first read the blurb of What About Her I was immediately drawn in.  It sounded amazing.  There was lots of potential for angst and mystery in the storyline.  Unfortunately, this was a bit of a miss for me.  I did like the storyline and there was plenty of heat as well.  It’s an enjoyable read and I was entertained.  I just never got completely engrossed into the story like I usually do.  I wasn’t invested in the characters.

Kate’s convinced her roommate and best friend Willow is still alive even though she disappeared months ago.  She’s a bit of a doormat character, often stiff and mousy.  It takes other characters to draw her out of her shell.  Despite her conviction that Willow is still alive, nothing is done about it throughout the book even when clues are found.  She gets distracted by Willow’s boyfriend and all the drama that surrounds that relationship.  River, to be honest, comes off as a bit of a jerk.  He is a sexy player and there are times when he’s tender and sweet but overall I had a hard time connecting with him.  There’s some push-pull between the two as they reconcile their feelings for each other.  And the chemistry between them is pretty hot.  Ms. Tharp certainly knows how to bring the heat.  I found myself liking some of the secondary characters a little bit more than the mains.  Stella was adorable and certainly brightened the pages.  And Grace was amazing as well.

Overall, I just found that some plotlines that I thought were going to be central to the book were just kind of brushed off.  I expected a lot more angst and guilt then I got.  But that’s on me.  All that being said, this is a really sweet, friends to lovers story.  It’s an easy, light read with little drama and a touch of mystery.  It does end on a cliffhanger so I’m looking forward to the next book because I do want to see how everything comes together.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J

About Emma Tharp

Emma was raised in upstate NY. Being an only child, she spent a great deal of time alone dreaming up characters that would keep her company on long family road trips. Putting her writing on the back burner, she went to college and became a chiropractor. After spending 14 years healing patients, Emma decided—with the help of her amazingly supportive husband—to use the creative side of her brain and let her characters come to the page.

If she’s not writing, Emma can be found at the gym, one of her kids sporting events, Starbucks, or at a live music event. A perfect day for Emma would be spent at her lake house with her husband, two ginger-haired children, and Vizsla, reading a book and drinking a large cup of coffee (or wine) with music playing in the background.

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