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Made for Love: A Novel

Made for Love: A Novel - Alissa Nutting I'm reviewing this from my own personal copy - I did not receive an ARC for review.

I have to say this is one of the strangest books I've ever read. Okay, maybe not, but it's way up there. Top 20. That's not a bad thing. It was quirky with both likeable and hateable characters, with some squirmy situations - and even some heartbreak along the way.

The scenes were vivid and wild with color. The characters were fully developed, and if it were at all possible, they would've been in 5D. If one were to believe in the technology described in the book, it might've been.

Let's talk a little bit about the characters. The story focused around Hazel, and she was truly the heart and soul of the whole book. As a female, I found myself seeing bits and pieces of myself in her, but I have no idea what a guy would see. I'd love to chat with one of my male friends after reading Made for Love.

Hazel is in an untenable situation. After a fairly unhappy home life, she gets into a sterile marriage with a megalomaniac tech billionaire. Byron (her husband), wants her to be a test subject more than a wife, so she finds an opportunity to escape. Escape being the operative word. She finds herself back home with her father, who has issues of his own.

Herbert, (her father), has entered into a relationship with not one, but two - sex dolls. Seventy-six and a widower, Hazel feels like she can't judge him. It makes things uncomfortable, but she moves in anyway, and tries not to cramp his style. She makes an acquaintance in a man named "Liver," and sticks around until Byron's actions from before her exit become clear.

Her life gets much more complicated, and Hazel works to extricate herself. That's a huge story, and it's amazingly entertaining and a long and winding road (to quote the Beatles).

When we get to chapter four, we start reading the saga of Jasper. When it begins, the reader has no idea how it will fit in with the rest of the story. All I can say about Jasper is that he is a piece of work. I hated him, and then I felt pity for him, and it slowly turned to awe as his plans dovetailed with Hazel's.

I was utterly gobsmacked. That's as far as I'm going to go. There are other characters, and so much more to the story, but I want to leave it up to you to see for yourself. I thought the cover was super cheesy, but after reading the book, it's so amazingly fitting, I think I'm in love with it. This book is not a romance, it's not exactly SciFi, it's just a stellar piece of fiction.

Made for Love might deserve more than five stars, and it's making me want to grab more of Alissa Nutting's books to see if she'll astonish me again. I'm hoping the style of this book won't dull my senses to another batch of her surprises. So good! Read it, you won't be sorry.