Review: Misunderstandings by Tiffany King

Posted May 10, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 4 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Misunderstandings by Tiffany King


Series: #2 Woodfall Girls
Genres: New Adult Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on May 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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I just finished p.76 for this story, but I’m setting it aside as a DNF for now. I might come back later. Not sure. I’m pretty mad and frustrated.

I picked up this book because I liked the idea of a second chance at romance for a young couple who seemed to have gotten things wrong about each other three years before. They are trapped in an elevator and have to hash it all out. Sounded good plus it had the added bonus of being a new to me author.

I was barely one page in when the heroine’s Queen B attitude smacked me in the face. The story is told in flips between past and present day from the heroine’s perspective. It begins in the present day. Brittni Mitchell has to be begged to come to her college best friend’s wedding activities because her ex, who blames her for their break-up- and it sounded like she even admitted that she had a big role in it- will be present because he’s the groom’s best friend so she’s in a mood. Then the story starts to explain why by dipping back into the past to when it all began.

Brittni Mitchell came to Washington State from a small town in Maine for college to both get away from a busybody mom who is the town gossip and to see something outside her town. She keeps to herself and keeps herself buttoned down with all these self-made rules. She is a people-watcher and prides herself in her powers of observation (modern day Elizabeth Bennet) so when she catches sight of a hot guy in piercings and tats having fun with two bouncing, giggling co-eds, she starts snapping out conclusions at the speed of light. Her derisive attitude is spotted by the guy so he tries to make nice. And yeah, she gives him a taste of her snarling, judgmental attitude. Later they meet again and she is confronted by evidence that she was wrong.  Does this change her attitude? Nope.  They go on a beautiful date that she grudgingly goes on not even bothering to have an open mind and grudgingly drags her feet through, but it is all fun, enjoyable and shows Justin all to the good as he is a gentleman and patiently coaxes her along. Does she change her attitude? Nope. She has a one-date rule that a guy has to prove himself (yep, she’s a Madam ‘I know people by one date and that’s all it takes’). She had a blast on the date, but goes into denial mode. Then she gets hearsay about Justin from a gal notorious for never speaking in whole truth and believes it with no fact finding. She blows off Justin for their next date with lies. And that’s as far as I could tolerate/stomach Miss Brittni Mitchell.

See, her arrogance, judging and hypocrisy was making me sick. She calls him a player, but based on her one-date rule and all the guys that didn”t pass from a strictly objective, ‘keen’ (sarcasm here) observer like herself she would have given herself that label. She admitted that she was big on her secrets because her mom was a busybody and she didn’t want to have her mom up in her business or be anything like her mom which yes, I laughed at because it is patently obvious that what she did/is doing to Justin and the others before him is far worse. And then taking truth from a liar and then using lies to push Justin away…I was done. Nothing- even a horrendous past- justifies this behavior toward other people. And its not just Justin, she has a superior attitude about her roommate too who has been nothing, but kind, open and welcoming to her.

I could tell by just the short snippets of the present day meet up that it was all this type of stuff that caused the break-up. I just wasn’t interested in reading on for the reconciliation since at the point in the present day, she wasn’t copping to her judgmental attitude and hadn’t grown from the past at all. I didn’t see in her someone worth Justin even trying for a chance with. To give fair due, Justin probably had a hand in the break-up too, but honestly it doesn’t matter because I didn’t find her likeable enough to want to see a romance rekindle.

I want to slap a low rating on the book right now, but I won’t because that wouldn’t be fair. I didn’t finish the whole book and it’s very possible that three years later Brittni grows past all that. I want to believe that she grows. Besides, this book doesn’t deserve a low rating because there are many good things going on in the story too. For instance, the author’s writing is definitely a plus. Her style, pacing and plotting, character and backdrop descriptions, etc. are all good. I would definitely read other stuff she wrote.

I guess I’ll just conclude that this book is not for me, but may work for others just fine. New Adult genre lovers might want to try it.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh noes. That just doesn’t sound good at all. I’ve got book one on my August review pile (though I’ve got absolutely no idea where the book is at the moment (eek) Hopefully the heroine in that one is a bit more…dealable. Oys. So many heroine problems. I just don’t get it but man there are some hard ladies to like in romance.

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

I was pretty steamed after I hit that point, but I will eventually go back and finish it up I think. The author contacted me and was kind enough to share that her daughter reacted the same way, but then her feelings changed when she read on to some other things that factor in. I’m not sure if I’ll change my mind about the heroine particularly the way she is up to this point about stuff, but I’ll give her a fair chance once I’ve got some perspective. From what I noted, the heroine of your book has a different… Read more »

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Well that’s good to hear. Sometimes with ones like this you just have to get past a certain point and then they really surprise you. Fingers crossed.

Hope it changes pace for you when you try again!

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Thanks, me too! I’m hard on the heroines, but its not because I want to be and l love to love the characters and books. I’m definitely willing for Brittni to change my mind.