Review: Reading Between The Lines by Jo Merrett


Sexy, sassy, saucy… 

...and a little bit unsure. 

Ballsy reporter, Kate Cleaver, doesn’t just sit back and wait for things to happen. She’s a modern woman with a voracious sexual appetite who takes life - and men - by the balls. 

But, like most women, Kate’s not immune to the inevitable hurdles and heartbreak that threaten to derail her carefully lain plans. 

The Record is a dozy, weekly rag. It holds little appeal for someone like Kate, with her sights set on the glamour of national journalism. But, before she leaves the council meetings and cat shows behind, there’s one particular exclusive she’s itching to get her hands on: 

Chief Reporter, Aidan Tindall. 

Reading Between the Lines is a rollercoaster of sexual freedom and angst-ridden rejection, self-doubt and reckless ambition, office flings and 2am gin soaked confessions. 

Because what you want in life, isn’t always what you need...


Reading Between The Lines is Jo Merrett's debut novel and I'm very glad I had a chance to read it. 

I enjoyed the book a lot even though I have very mixed feeling about the main character and her judgments. Kate is a woman who has a very sexual life and I guess you could say she has been anti-relationship since her last breakup. She is a woman who gets what she wants but most of the time she doesn't really know what it is exactly that she wants. She's very complicated and I'd say she has little regard to other's peoples feelings, she does things compulsively, only thinking of herself in the moment, and only later does she think about how it affects others. And I hated that side of her. She was very frustrating at times, and I found myself screaming at her a lot lol.

Kate has had a crush on one of her co-workers for forever- Aidan- and she finally reached the point where she needs to do something about it. So she does and while Aidan tells her he is in a relationship, that doesn't stop them from starting a friends with benefits relationship. Kate has hopes that Aidan will leave his girlfriend and that they can have a real relationship but Aidan is very mysterious and complicated and things don't end well. 

Even with all the cheating, I couldn't help but hope along with Kate, that Aidan would leave his poor girlfriend and actually be in a real relationship with Kate. It was obvious he had some sort of feelings for her but obviously not enough to change things. And I really hated how he treated her, it was a really douche move and I'm so glad she finally saw that things weren't gonna change, not any time soon. He might have been really hot and the sex might have been off the charts but he was a real douche-bag for the way he treated both his girlfriend and Kate. And I didn't find his mysteriousness endearing, he was super hush hush about everything and even the whole girlfriend business. I'm super curious about him but I have a feeling the discovery won't be something positive. I can't wait to find out if he can redeem himself in the next book.

New job and new Beau later.

We spend the best part of an hour just lying there, wrapped in each other's arms, chatting and laughing. Jack had gotten in bed with me, with his jeans still on, spooning me, stroking my arms and tummy and dropping comfortable little kisses on the top of my head. It's funny, but I haven't had this for a long time and I've missed it. 

 Kate is moving on but it is not easy. She's insecure and she sabotages herself, Kate can't let herself be happy. I really wanted her to change and let herself be happy and in love with someone who is good and truly cares for her, aka Jack, who is perfect. But Kate still has a long way to go and I have a feeling that she'll keep messing things up on the next book. Especially, after how this one ended. I'm so curious about what will happen next. I have a feeling she's gonna disappoint me and keep on sabotaging herself, and it sucks because I love Jack and I don't want her to hurt him. 

As you see, I really did have mixed feelings. Cheating always throw me off.  I hated that Kate didn't care that the man she hooked up with were in relationships or her herself was in one but I'm glad she didn't go through with it that one time. I would have been so pissed if she had, I mean I still am because what happened was still not okay but I'm glad she stopped herself.

Please be aware that there is a lot of cheating involved, I wish I had been warned before I read this.

Rate: 3,8 / 5 stars

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About the Author

Jo Merrett is a former feature writer at The Mirror, and a mum of two. In her spare time she writes a blog about her various passions entitiled Fitness, Food and Fiction.
Jo lives with her husband, children and two cats in Woking, Surrey.

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