Review: Old Flame by Annabelle Blume

I was given a copy of this for an honest review. This review may contain spoilers so you’ve been warned.

Blurb: Hannah Sullivan has spent the past three months stalking her ex-boyfriend, lurking in the bushes and hiding behind fake social media personas, convinced she can eventually rekindle the love they once shared. But when she meets Marc, who is everything James never wanted to be and more, she begins to wonder if she’s got it all wrong.

Hannah must come to terms with her own demons before she can decipher between her delusional mission and the man of her dreams.

Review:

Wow does Hannah have some issues! I felt sad for her in the beginning when she was literally stalking her ex-boyfriend. Creeping around, making sure her next semester’s classes lined up with him so she could catch a glimpse to actually parking her car on the street to spy on him during the night. Sadness quickly turned to wanting to slap this character upside the head for being a creepy stalker. I got to admit, though, the whole thing sparked emotion in me which is a good thing. Kudos to the author for that.

When she meets Marc–a waiter at a restaurant–she decides to cozy up with him, though she STILL pining for the other guy. Her roommates are no help to her mental illness either over her mad James fascination. They seem more obsessed with partying than seeing what she’s become. They were merely flies on the wall to her crazy existence.

I wanted to see Hannah wake up from her obsessive behavior regarding James. When she woke up in the morning in her car across from his house, I thought she’d snap out of her stalking drama. Not really nor did I feel like she fully healed from it. It’s throw in that she bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend after James and the immaturity of them all. Maybe this older guy Marc would be more mature (HAH! He’s a guy! Not happening!). I didn’t really care for that kind of thinking, really.

She has a wild weekend of doing the nasty (closed door) with Marc which, considering her turmoil of James, I found that she was sort of using Marc to screw away James’ memory. So, while she had her regrets and got mentally prepared that it was a one night stand, it turns out it wasn’t. This guy had been into her for a bit which is lovely.

The story ends with me wondering what will become of this relationship, mainly because I think Hannah enters it for all the wrong reasons. I would have liked to see her not compare Marc to James and see him for the man she wants. Sure, it’s what a woman would do, I just didn’t want the ‘norm’. Besides, as I noted before, older doesn’t mean they’re more mature in nature. Though Marc was a successful business man, that shows maturity of an intellectual level, not emotional. I also would have loved this story to be bigger and see Hannah’s struggle with her addiction to James with more of a brutal lens. He’s painted as quite the douchebag and it’s believable.

Even with this, I found it to be a sweet short romantic story with very good writing from the author. I liked it and would recommend it to those who enjoy a straight romantic novel. Three out of five stars from me.

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