The Woman Before You

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 03 Sep 2018

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I was excited to receive this book as it is different from the novels I usually read.  

Sadly, the book didnt do anything for me.  It was so difficult to even finish it.  The summary really caught my attention but sadly it was not as promised.  Not suspenseful or thrilling, more erotic/porn.

 Isobel is difficult to have emotions about - either positive or negative.  Again, I really really struggled even finishing this book.

I think it comes down to expectations and the summary does not accurately portray what the book is actually about.  I think it will miss its target audience because of this.
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This was a good read! I was completely drawn in, right from the beginning, and ended up finishing the book in one sitting! I loved the back and forth between the two main characters. The plot twists kept me guessing right until the very end. 5/5 Would Recommend!

Thank you to NetGalley, as well as the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
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This book was okay, I really feel like I've read so many books like this lately. I want something new and refreshing.
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Well I did say I wanted to read something different,  after having  read lots of missing children stories or I’ve just woken up from a coma story and thankfully this was different from what I expected!!

Isabell is a wannabe actress, after several failed auditions she ends up taking on a job selling mattresses. On a date she meets Mathew and rather than put on an act with him she reveals her true self. 

Mathew’s boss wants him to have an accomplice to complete a task and seems to think Isabell would be perfect. Mathew is playing Isabell like a cat would with a mouse, but why? Whenever Mathew and Isabell are together there is a very strong sexual chemistry but Mathew is always in charge giving her little tasks to do to prove herself!!

This book definitely kept me guessing, loved the mixture of mystery mixed with erotica and yes I would read another of Carrie Blake’s books.
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Aa little twisted but a lot of fun! Really enjoyed this book! I revived a copy of this from NetGalley.
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DNF @50%. I tried, really I did. I have this book two separate tries a month apart, but I just couldn't do it. It was much dirtier than I expected and not in a titillating way. I kept hoping it would get past that and have some more PLOT, but it seems determined to just be smut.
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I couldn't finish this one. It wasn't what I thought it would be about. It was too raunchy for me. The story had a good premise but wish it would have come with a warning.
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“It’s always a nasty shock to learn that what you believed was your deepest self, your inner core, was, all along, only your surface. It’s even more shocking to discover how fast that clean, pure surface can crack - and reveal the darkness and dirt beneath.”

Isabel Archer is a struggling actress living in New York City and working at a mattress store when she meets The Customer (Matthew). They meet on the Bumble dating app before he comes into the store to buy the most expensive mattress they have. Soon she is invited to his apartment, presumably to put the mattress to good use. Only he doesn’t make the move. 

“His features were chiseled. He looked a little like Gary Cooper, a little like Robert Mitchum - like old-school movie stars used to look before actors began to look like the guy next door who’s going to get fat and bald and jowly the minute he turns forty.”

This book is told from both Isabel and Matthew’s points of view, which allows the reader to gain an intimate view of the deception that is taking place. I found that Isabel had a unique voice but Matthew’s was a little less so. However, I found Isabel annoyingly naive and compliant at times.

The descriptions of the lavish apartments are well done. The author invites the reader into the world of the super wealthy. The book is extremely sexual as Matthew plays mind games with Isabel. 

This book wasn’t to my taste, but if you were a fan of 50 Shades of Grey, then you might enjoy this book.

Grade: C-
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As a note, a copy of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

This was one of those books that I just couldn't get into. I found the plotline to be tedious and the synopsis to be exceptionally misleading. Which lead to disappointment and one unfinished read. There's marketing a book in-correctly, and then there's The Woman Before You. She's really not who you think she is.

While I DNF this book, there's a chance that one day I will come back to it once I'm in a different state of mind. Now that I know it's less of a thriller and more of an erotic story, I may be able to give it another go in the future and embrace it as it was meant to be. Until then, I have to admit that the publisher really did an injustice to Carrie Blake based on synopsis and promotion as it is.

I could possibly get behind the characters and their highly unlikable nature in the future, but for now? The Woman Before You was a massive miss.
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This book is listed as a thriller but should really be listed as a erotic psychological thriller. I wasn't expecting the erotica and sex in this book and while I didn't mind it, there was nothing about it in the description and could see why some people might not like it or would feel the book description and category is misleading. Isabel is a very weak personality character who finds herself meeting Matthew who is very dominant and they have this dominant and submissive relationship with each other. Matthew is originally doing this because his rich boss asked him to, the man likes to play games and manipulate people. While the characters and storyline didn't have a lot of depth I enjoyed the book but feel someone who doesn't like erotica wouldn't like this book since  it is heavily written in the storyline in the book. My main issue with this book is the ending, which I feel came to a screeching hault and left me with a lot of unanswered questions. I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley.
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Right away I will say that it is apparent this book doesn't match the synopsis provided. I thought it was going to be a psychological thriller or mystery, and it became apparent to me that it was more like erotica.

I cared about absolutely none of these characters. They were all very two-dimensional, with rapidly changing motivations and assumptions that were beyond understanding.
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I cared about absolutely none of these characters. They were all very two-dimensional, with rapidly changing motivations and assumptions that were beyond understanding. The book felt like it was composed of cut-and-paste tropes that didn't quite fit together. Not worth the time to read.
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The book was a huge NO! The summary is not at what it’s  about it was borderline erotica. Isobel is a struggling actress and bored with her life so when she meets Matthew at on a dating app after she sleeps with a bunch of men que fifty shades of grey and a bunch of sex games and she does whatever he asks it was just so ridiculous I wanted to throw up
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***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity.***

This was a great book. The story was captivating and kept me interested throughout. Can’t wait for more from this author.
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You never know what secrets people are hiding.
Isabel: Beautiful. Talented. Bored.

Mathew: Mysterious. Handsome. 

For Isabel Archer, dating is a way to pass the time in her otherwise comfortable life. She casts herself as the Perfect Girlfriend for every man she matches with, playing a different girl with a different back-story 

Mathew likes playing games too. Only the games he wants to play are the kind you don't always walk away from.

i was very disappointed with this book, the book description says its the most shocking thriller you will read! " but that is a huge big lie" there is nothing shocking about this book it is not even a Thriller all this book is is about sex sex sex its like a 50 shades of grey book,, this book was dull boring and a big disappointment, the cover of the book is misleading the description of the book is misleading, if its a Thriller you want to read the this books is not for you, the story was okay but too much sex a lot of the time i wanted to give up on this book but i wanted to give it a chance but wish i stopped.. i hate giving a had review but i not like it when a book says its a Thriller when its not! thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy of the book
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This was an interesting read but didn’t really blow me away. I liked the plot and the characters were interesting.  I would recommend to anyone who likes mystery thrillers. Thank you to NetGalley and HarperImpulse for the copy in exchange for your review.
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Definitely not the shocking thriller of the year.  The caption was misleading and left out the porn included in the story.  I did not enjoy the book (what I read) and could not finish it.  The characters were not enjoyable and I had not interest in what happened to them.  Just not my cup of tea.
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Right away I will say that it is apparent this book doesn't match the synopsis provided. I thought it was going to be a psychological thriller or mystery, and it became apparent to me that it was more like erotica or something.

I’m sorry to say that Carrie Blake's writing style doesn’t match my reading style at all.  I could barely keep reading this book to the point where I just didn't. 

This was a DNF for me. Sorry.

I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my post.
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Great storyline with good strong characters.  Very well written.  I would recommend this book to anyone.
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The Woman Before You by Carrie Blake has thriller, sex, love, and hate all rolled into one book. I would say that I was not prepared for the woman who has everything including a wealthy man and what she will do to keep him includ d in this psychological thriller but it actually enhanced the story. It was not as dark as I thought it might be also. The writer does a great job at being descriptive and passionate while telling her story. There were so many scenarios playing out in my head while I was reading this. The outcome is pretty much expected and you can figure that out pretty quickly however the story is still a fun read. 

I give it 4 stars ⭐️ out of 5

Thanks to the author as well as netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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