Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: Strangely Normal by Tess Oliver

Book Description: 

A unique summer job lands eighteen-year-old Eden Saxon into a lifestyle completely different than her own. She becomes a companion for nineteen-year-old Finley King, the daughter of a rock legend. Finley suffers from severe anxiety, and her father fears her being alone. Eden leaves her loving, but wildly dysfunctional, parents and dreary apartment and enters a world where no luxury is overlooked. She instantly adores Finley and her charming, quirky personality. The whole situation has only one flaw– Finley’s older brother, Jude. Jude King is cocky, arrogant and irritating. Unfortunately, he’s also completely irresistible.

Eden realizes she’s underestimated the depth of Finley’s problems, and suddenly her dream job turns out to be a lot more than she’d expected. Eden soon finds herself in over her head . . . and her heart.

I’ll admit, I’m drawn to books where a character has an anxiety issue. It’s always interesting to see how the anxiety manifests as well as how the characters deal with the anxiety.

I enjoyed this book immensely. Eden hadn’t had the best life, but her parents were actually good parents, just immature, but it wasn’t an easy life. Eden and Finley had great chemistry as friends (Finley is a girl) and complimented each other well. Jude and Cole were great brothers to Finely. They were supportive of her and tried not to make things more difficult for her.

I really enjoyed the relationship and chemistry between Eden and Jude. Initially when the book started, I wasn’t sure which brother would end up being her love interest, but I was glad it was Jude. He had that bad boy artist vibe really working for him. They had some nice banter going and he didn’t care that she came from basically a different world.

This is my second book by Tess Oliver and she’s definitely gained a fan in me. I can’t wait to read more from her. 

My reviews can also be found on Goodreads. 


  1. I love the sound of this book, thanks to your review Lindsay :)

    I got a bit lost in the characters as Finlay is a boys name in England!! It confuses me when authors do that lol!

    I cannot wait to read it :)

    1. LOL. The characters talk about Finley's name and she even admitted that it was a boys name but her mom wasn't willing to change it after they found out she was not a boy.

      It's not as hot as your normal reads, but it has some steamy scenes and some great sexual tension. I think you'll like it. :)

  2. hahaha! I only just saw this message- what are you trying to say that I am only into steamy books??? Well you may be right lol!

    I do want to read it :)

    1. LOL. I don't know if you're only into steamy books, but from what I've seen, you definitely prefer them. :)

  3. I recently added this to my wishlist on Amazon - glad to hear you enjoyed it!!!!