Thursday, May 18, 2017

Amie's Review of Curveball by Mariah Dietz ~ NEW RELEASE ~

Title: Curveball
Author: Mariah Dietz
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2017


Shakespeare believed there was always humor in tragedy and tragedy in humor.

My life proved his theory as fact.

At eighteen I was a single parent moving to this small town to be with the man I loved. The one who was supposed to love and cherish me in return.

Finding out he had a wife was tragic.
Remaining in love with him in spite of her was more tragic.
My mom and best friend setting me up on a long string of blind dates was an ongoing tragedy.

Nine years later, I’ve learned to see the humor in most situations.

My mom and best friend setting me up on disastrous blind dates.
My son’s jokes.
The fire alarm going off each time I cook.

My constant bright spot always adding to the humor was my son, Hayden. But when Hayden had a life-threatening allergic reaction, the man who came to help my little boy became my own savior. His laugh, his smile, and the way his eyes lit up when he spoke to my son made him a beacon of light in both our lives.

But I wasn’t the only one who noticed him.
When I began having feelings for the man my best and only friend had fallen for, I knew following my heart would once again lead to a fresh round of heartbreak.

Love led me to this town.
Lies kept me there.

Would history repeat itself?

Or had life just thrown me another Curveball?

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“I don’t watch TV at night…” Her voice drifts off, and I know it’s because she realizes I’m going to ask why.

And I do.

“You're going to laugh.”


“It's because I can't hear things.”

“What kinds of things are you trying to hear?”

“I don't know. Strange noises and things…”

“Strange noises?”

“Do I need to spell it out for you?” She’s trying to sound annoyed, but I can hear the smile in her voice.

“Apparently, because I have no idea what you're talking about. What kinds of strange noises are you going to hear? I usually turn my TV up to block out all the strange sounds like the neighbor’s kids and the lady behind me that sounds like Fran fucking Drescher.”

“You know who Fran Drescher is?”

“My mother was a big fan of that stupid show she was in. Stop changing the subject. What are you listening for? Hayden won’t sneak out.”

“What if someone breaks in?”

“You're not serious.”

“Of course I'm serious!”

“What do you do all night?” I ask.

“Work,” she admits. “Well, usually I clean, and then I work.”

“I’m coming over.”

“You can’t.”

The panic in her voice doesn’t make her sound upset about the idea, but afraid.

Is it because she likes me?

“Why not?” I ask.

“It’s like nine o'clock.”

“Are you about to turn orange and sprout a stem?”

“That and I'm not wearing a bra, if you must know.”

“So put it back on.”

“You don't understand. That's like saying put your jeans back on.”

“I am in jeans,” I lie just to get a reaction out of her.

“What is wrong with you?” she cries.

“What's wrong with jeans?”

“They're stiff and uncomfortable. Wearing jeans all day is basically equivalent to walking on sandpaper. But at least you guys have pockets that will actually hold something larger than a thimble and don’t ride up your ass.”

“If your bra is riding up your ass, we have bigger fish to fry than being afraid of the boogey man.”


I have always enjoyed this author's writing and this book was no different. I will say first off that WOW - there are some shady characters in this book and some I didn't even expect. Quite a few twists that make for the edge of your seat reading and plenty of drama. Ella and Coen have a simple relationship that blossoms nicely despite the struggles they encounter. I adored Hayden and I honestly felt so much for Ella's issues with anxiety and lack of sleep etc etc. It was full of real life issues that I found easy to relate to even when I was annoyed by the characters I was still invested because I could feel their pain or understand their issues.

Ella has such a heartbreaking story of her past and what brought her to this horrible small town. Young love , following the man of her dreams , becoming a mom young - all to find out this man had a whole other life that he was not willing to give up. To boot 9 years later he is still attempting to hold the cards. I honestly could not figure Patrick out , what was his deal , ditch the wife and claim Ella and Hayden or take a hike !! He was a weasel LOL. The town was horrible to Ella and although it is spoken of quite a bit we thankfully do not have to see a lot of that. Her best friend is a bit annoying always trying to set her up on dates that always end with a ridiculous story or horribly wrong !! I thought I was going to love Rachel because she seemed outgoing and funny BUT I could tell something was up when Coen came into the picture.  Coen is new to the neighborhood hoping to settle in his new house for the long haul. He has this unexplainable draw to Ella and Hayden that has him acting all kinds of different. He enjoys their company and genuinely wants to be of help but also knows he is attracted to Ella and would totally be on board to see where it goes. Due to Ella's strict dating rules it doesn't seem to be in the cards for them but sometimes it just takes over and hits you - we can't always control who we fall for. Lucky for them they are great people and once certain obstacles are overcome they can find a happiness they only dreamed of before. 

Author Bio

Mariah Dietz lives with her husband, two sons, and two four-legged children who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world. 

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created. 

She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.

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