You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes, 4.5 Stars

OMG, was what I said when I saw You Love Me was available for review. Joe is back! What could be more exciting in a year where books have really provided the most excitement? More Joe! And not only did this give me a another book to devour, but I hope it gives Netflix another season to develop. Because isn’t Penn Badgley just the most adorable serial killer?

One of my good friend’s brother-in-law was an extra on an episode of season two. And that was thrilling too! And it may have required me to watch that episode more than once. And yes, I wanted to see him, but also Penn Badgley (see above.)

So without further ado…let’s review this one!

From the Publisher:

Joe Goldberg is done with cities, done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now, he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cozy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

He gets a job at the local library–he does know a thing or two about books–and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle, he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old fashioned way . . . by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.

The trouble is . . . Mary Kaye already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s . . . busy.

True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kaye will do the right thing and make room for him.

My Review:

Joe is on the move again. He went from being a New Yorker, to a laid back California dude, and now, he’s moved to a small town across the Puget Sound from Seattle. And I must say, it’s a very fitting setting for him.

I’ve read a lot of Ann Rule, and a lot of the most notorious serial killers spent some time in the Pacific Northwest. Is it the clouds and the rain? Does it soothe their dark souls? But Joe has landed a volunteer job at a library in a small town. Does it come as any surprise that he quickly fixates on a pretty librarian?

And it begins.

But it does feel like his new obsession, Mary Anne, is a good fit for him. They have a lot in common, and she’s older, wiser. Nothing like Beck or Love. And she’s a mother, so much more mature. Nevermind that she’s married to a has-been rockstar and that she is incredibly confused about what she wants.

Also, there’s Love. She’s not in the picture anymore, but she is Joe’s baby mamma. A baby he signed his rights away to, but wasn’t happy about it. There is so much going on this time around.

You Love Me is everything I wanted it to be. Joe isn’t the same guy who used to stalk Beck through the windows of her NYC apartment. He’s matured. I think he might not be as much of a psycho. Well, scratch that.

Special thanks to Netgalley and Random House for granting my wish for a free e-galley in exchange for my honest review. You guys only have to wait until April 6, then this one is out and available for public consumption!

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