It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott

Posted August 13, 2018 by Shari in Reviews / 14 Comments

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 7, 2018
Pages: 316
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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I was excited to jump back into a world that Kylie Scott has built for us to enjoy. An older man, younger woman romance, that I wasn’t so sure about. It turned out better than expected. The romance when it hit was extremely sensual, but also passionate. Unfortunately, the hero doesn’t get his chance to explain his side of this story.

Review

Adele as 15 when she met Pete while on summer vacation. Her parents are divorced and summers are spent with her father away fro Sydney. Mostly boring time as she sat around construction sites reading and staying out the way. So when Pete, one of her father’s employees takes her under his wig, she gets to know him well, but really only in a PG sense. Their friendship continues over the summers starting with him at 30 and her at 15 until at 18, Adele can no longer hold in her feelings she has been bottling up. Thinking she is legally an adult, she flashes Pete her breasts to get him to realize she is a woman now, not a girl. And in walks her father. Needless to say she is returned to her mother in Sydney, never to return to her father’s home. Now daddy is getting re-married and she has to go home….to stay in Pete’s house, which is across the street from her father’s house.

It is seven years later when the story picks up. Adele has measured every date, one-night stand or relationship to Pete, but doesn’t acknowledge it. Her current boyfriend is cheating on her and she couldn’t care less. Seeing Pete again, she is torn up inside, trying to keep her dignity, but also dealing with the grumpy interest of all her dreams. She holds herself together pretty good, making phone calls to roommate back home for advice. Since we only get to see Adele’s side, we don’t know much about what Pete is going through.

Each chapter until about the middle of the book, shows a scene from when Adele was younger. Pete is just a guy dating women and having platonic fun with Adele. At first I didn’t find it creepy when he invites the bosses kid the beach so she wouldn’t have to sit at the construction site, but as the story unfolds, you start to wonder why a thirty something guy is hanging out with a teenager each summer.

So I tried to ignore most of what happened when Adele was a teenager and focus more on what was going on now.

Pete was an ass…well from Adele’s point of view. A handsome ass. I really would have loved to know what was going on in his mind. Did he see her as the 18 year old that almost ruined his career? Did he see her as grown up and a woman who knows her mind? Did he just want to fuck the Adele of now or did he mistake her for the girl he might have had feelings for but denied? Was he concerned about her father who is now his business partner? What about age? Just a lot of unanswered questions that I couldn’t put all in the review.

Adele is a strong woman, but also one who thinks she fell in love at 18 and never fell out of love, just suppressed it. She’s sassy, smart mouthed and strong. Coming back for the wedding without a date wasn’t easy. Wading through emotions so conflicted, especially when you get mixed signals from the guy, really treacherous to the heart. She has a dead end job back in Sydney with her father wanting her to come work for him. It just all confuses Adele until one defining moment she realizes she is worth more than what her father and Pete are doing to her.

While I loved Adele, I wanted to love Pete. He just wasn’t like able, nor a great guy. He’s rude, grumpy and can’t make up his mind on what he really wants. The back and forth of him being nice, then cutting her with words then being nice and back again. It just all became a little much. So while I loved Adele and her new step-mom, I didn’t find much to redeem the men of this book.

The story is a standalone, so read away. It is young woman to older man story, which isn’t my favorite genre, but I can’t say I mind it. I just don’t want the young woman to be too young to actually not be an adult. If you can get past a hero being an ass, then you will love Adele! I promise!

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About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/ or join her Facebook Fan Goup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/599197093487040/

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Angela @ Simply Angela
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I always struggle with these types of age gapes in books, especially when one knew the other since a young age. I just started getting into Kylie Scott’s books and they do feel one-sided. I would love to know more about the other character.

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Shari Delighted Read

That is my one complaint about her books. I really enjoy the stories, but they are all one sided and sometimes I just want to know the other side. I think I said the same thing about the last book and I felt it was more important in this one since she was younger than 18 for most of their friendship. I really hope he was innocent like he acted because that would have been creepy.

Tanya Atkinson
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I really enjoyed this one but I think the addition of Pete’s POV would have gone a long way in helping the story along. And could have helped with the likability factor. On the plus side, I loved Adele. She was so feisty and forthright with her feelings. LOved that about her. 🙂

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Shari Delighted Read

I agree. I enjoyed the book, but Pete came out really bad without knowing what he really was thinking. I loved Adele. At 25 she was more mature than most of the other adults! She was feisty, sassy ans strong. She said it like it was and I didn’t think Pete was as forthright.

Sophia Rose
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I don’t mind the older/younger thing, but I do mind not feeling like I had a chance to get to know the other main character or feel they were likeable. Enjoyed getting your thoughts on it.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I don’t mind them either. I just needed to see his side of the emotions. I felt like he liked her like a sister when she was young. Now seven years later, I just don’t really understand his feelings as he pushes and pulls left and right. Maybe his conscious is in turmoil, but we don’t really see why.

Melliane
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oh it’s an author I really should try

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Her Stage Dive series is my favorite. Mal. I swoon over Mal. But this one is good for a stand alone if you don’t want to start a series.

Melissa (Books and Things)
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I do like the sound of Adele but it probably isn’t for me. I did enjoy the Stefani song! 😀

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Adele was a hoot with her snark, but she told it like it was when she was 25. Pete just needed to tell his side of things. Stefani’s song tells it like it is. Thanks!

Lorna
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I just skimmed this because I bought it over the weekend. I have loved most of her books but not sure I will this one. Still, I am looking forward to finding some time to read it .

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I love most of her books and I still enjoyed this one. It just needed two sides of the story since it was dealing with some delicate matters. Hope you enjoy it!

Greg Hill
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Greg Hill

I love the title of this one! 🙂

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

It’s a long title, but it tells it like it is!