Circle City Blues - Susan Wells Bennett
Mac turned his life upside down for his wife, leaving behind a promising career to pursue her dream of long-haul trucking. When she leaves him for another man, he has to figure out who he is without her. Along the way, he befriends a gay trucking couple, a lot lizard, a science-fiction writer, and a pharmaceutical rep, among others.
I started reading Circle City Blues when I was bored at work one day. I read the first few paragraphs of several books, looking for something that would engage my sleep-deprived self and wasn’t so ‘deep’ or ‘dry’ that I had to put all of my concentration into reading. When the first few pages of the book yielded mentions of both massively-multiplayer online role-play gaming and Surprise, Arizona, I knew I had a winner. And I was not disappointed.
While the plot yielded few surprises, I can’t fault Ms. Bennett for that; this book wasn’t meant to be ‘suspense’ or ‘mystery’ after all. Instead it was a fun, engaging look at a life turned upside-down and the main character’s attempts to right it again. There is a wide array of characters present, all of them believable and interesting. The first-person narrative is easy to read without being simplistic, and there are a lot of laugh out loud moments throughout the book.
Circle City Blues is, simply put, one of the very best romance-slanted indie books I’ve read. In fact, it’s one of the best romance-slanted books I’ve read in a long time, indie or not.
Highly recommended to anyone who has ever been in a relationship, especially one that didn’t go as planned.
Rating: 4 stars