Review of The Temp by Michelle Frances

5 out of 5 stars!


I received a copy of this book from Kensington Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Just a forewarning, you will not expect the ending and it will leave you completely shocked.

My husband picked up Michelle Frances’s other book “The Girlfriend” mainly for the gorgeous book cover and I instantly fell in love with it.  As soon as I saw she had another book available I knew without a doubt I had to read it.

This book is about two entirely different women trying to make their way in the TV industry.  Carrie is a successful producer married to a handsome screenwriter named Adrian who has just won his first big award and finds out the same night that his wife is pregnant with their first child.  Emma is a young hopeful screenwriter trying to get her foot in the door and is dying to work for the woman who has the job she wants.  After applying at Carrie’s workplace, Emma takes over Carrie’s job while she is away on maternity leave with her newborn baby.  While absentee father Adrian is away at work at all hours and barely acknowledges the baby, the relationship starts to build between Emma and Adrian that goes beyond just working together.  When Emma threatens to out Adrian with this secret from years before, Emma loses her job with her biggest influence and comes up with a way to get her revenge.

This was so well written and the plot was amazing.  I instantly fell in love with both Emma and Carrie and loved how the story bounced back and forth between both of their points of view when telling the story.  I hated the character Adrian on more than one occasion but I’m pretty sure the author wrote him that way so that readers would look at him as the jerky, self-absorbed a**.  The storyline was excellent and caught my attention right away and never let it go.  I devoured through this book in less than 24 hours and honestly hated every time I had to put it down.  I can definitely say I was not prepared for the ending at all.  What I had preconceived of Emma turned out to be completely wrong and I was literally shook when I got towards the end of the book.

Excellent, excellent writing once again by Michelle Frances and I loved every minute of it.

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