Rating: 5/5 stars
A cracklingly funny and poignant debut novel about the ways we love, even when we’re not at our best.
Stacey Lane feels like a monster. Tommy DeMarco might be one.
Since her husband died eight months ago, Stacey’s been a certified mess—a poet who can’t write anymore, a good mother who feels like she’s failing her kids. She’s been trying to redefine herself, to find new boundaries.
Tommy has no respect for boundaries. A surprisingly well-read A-list Hollywood star, Tommy’s fallen in love with Stacey’s novel-in-verse, a feminist reimagining of Frankenstein, no less. His passion for the book, and eventually its author, will set their lives on a collision course. They’ll make a movie, make each other crazy, and make love—but only in secret.
As Stacey travels between her humdrum life in the suburbs of Omaha and the glamorous but fleeting escape Tommy offers, what begins as a distracting affair starts to pick up weight. It’s a weight that unbalances Stacey’s already unsteady life, but offers new depth to Tommy’s. About desire, love, grief, parenthood, sexual politics, and gender, Monsters: A Love Story is a witty portrait of a relationship gone off the rails, and two people who are made for each other—even if they’re not so sure they see it that way.
This book was on my TBR on Goodreads so when they notified me that the publisher was having a giveaway for it I entered and won a copy! I am so glad I did because I have no idea when I would have otherwise gotten around to actually reading it.
This is a contemporary romance. I am assuming it is not your typical modern romance because I normally gravitate to historical/time-travel romances. This book hooked me from the start. I enjoyed the author’s writing style very much. The dialogue was sharp and no-nonsense and she wastes no time getting the two main characters together.
Stacey Lane is a published poet, mother of two young boys, and a recent widow. She is a California girl who relocated to her husband Michael’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska to raise their family. Her sister Jenny and her husband Todd also move to Omaha so their children can grow up together. Stacey’s book, “Monsters in the Afterlife,” is a novel told in verse and is based on the novel Frankenstein.
Tommy DeMarco, one of the sexiest men alive in Hollywood, purchases the rights to her book and turns it into a movie. Not only is he producing it but he is also starring in it. It is when he brings Stacey out to Los Angeles to help with the script that their relationship takes off, heats up, and starts the messy romance that consumes this novel. The title, “monsters: a love story”, is very appropriate. Stacey and Tommy’s romance swirls around lots of sex, misunderstandings, miscommunication, and lots of alcohol and what appears to be two very messed up people. There are times you root for Tommy and times you root for Stacey and then there are times you think they are better off without each other.
I couldn’t put this book down. I hate to call it a guilty pleasure because I didn’t feel guilty, but it is that type of book. Stacey and Tommy are two of the most imperfect heroine and hero that I have ever encountered, but it is what made the book so addicting.