Just when Ariel is starting to fear she will never get her life back on track, she’s contacted by the mysterious Muse Agency. Suddenly, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew about herself and those around her.
Who is Ariel? And what does she want? The truth is she can’t answer those questions. And finding the answers is the only way out of her rut.
Length - 385 Pages
Star Rating - 4
Protagonist, Ariel Morton, is just trying to live without guilt, without debt and without the heartache of her ex, yet all three constantly creep up on her. Ariel is relatable, possibly more so to the thirty-something crowd. She has an ever changing list of things to achieve, and a tendency to stretch the truth. Most of all, she just wants to survive. The story takes place in Singapore which is refreshing, another element that makes this novel a stand out in the contemporary romance genre.
Essen's writing is engaging and thorough. There are so many wonderful characters in this story to tie it all together. The romance element is light and tasteful, yet it doesn't overshadow the big picture. Ariel needs to find out who she really is, and additionally, who her friends are. The romance is just an added benefit, and quite realistic. Perhaps some of this realism is contributed to the fact that Ariel is an expat, parallel to the author's personal experience.
What works in this novel is the plot. It is set out wonderfully. Ariel embarks on a journey of revenge that turns out to be an accidental journey of self discovery. Essen's ability to keep the reader engaged ensures there is never a dull moment. In fact, the whole story arcs in such a satisfying way.
I recommend this novel to the lovers of the romance genre that are tired of the cliché, however this story will also be enjoyed by lovers of general fiction.