Review: Maybe Not – Colleen Hoover

Posted 3 December, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 10 Comments


Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Maybe Not – Colleen HooverMaybe Not by Colleen Hoover
Series: Maybe #1.5
Published by Atria Books on 24 November 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 129
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Purchase
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4 Stars

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

Maybe Not is a quick read, in which I got to know Warren a lot better, and seeing him and Bridgette in a slightly different light from how they were described from the outside in Maybe Someday.

My Maybe Not review:

In Maybe Not, we get Warren’s point of view of everything that happens, and while I really enjoyed Warren in Maybe Someday, I found that I enjoyed him a little less when I was basically inside his head. I think he comes from a good place most of the time, but he also overstepped some boundaries that really ought not to be overstepped. Bridgette gained a lot of depth through his eyes, and that was a very nice change.

Bridgette was depicted only as a ‘bitch’ in the prior book, however, she truly had many reasons for the way she was acting with her roommates! She has had a hard life, living in foster care, finding a lost sister who was still living with her mom, and thinking she had found two brothers before she moved in with Warren and Ridge. It was good to see where she was coming from, and why Warren thought she was much more than the tough and scratchy facade she put up to fool everybody else as to her inner hurt.

Because she was pushing everyone away from her, including Warren, it was a big surprise to me when they hooked up! Even more so when she made sure Warren had his pleasure, then just left him there before she went back to her own room. Then, the thing I had trouble digesting happened, too… Because Warren followed her in order to make sure she got her pleasure too – whether she really wanted it or not. At first, she even slapped him, but he did not take no for an answer. And to me, no always, ever single time, means no! This is also where I think that Warren really did come from a good place, because he wanted to share the pleasure with her, but he did not really listen to her wants just then, and kind of continued until she ‘gave in’. I don’t think a girl should ever have to give in! The fact that Warren truly only wanted to give her something back made things better for Bridgette, though. She had never felt like she deserved any kind of pleasure, and she had never loved anyone, nor felt as if anybody loved her.

As Maybe Not continued, Bridgette did change quite a bit when she was with Warren, even if she continued to be her prickly self when she was with other people. More gritty than other CoHo stories, I ended up enjoying this story, but I did feel like I had to take a star off because of Warren’s actions.  Written in first person POV from Warren’s perspective, the present tense also helped me understand from the get-go that things might work out better than it seemed that they would at the beginning of the story.

Some of my favourite Maybe Not quotes:

Last night I dreamt I walked into the apartment and she was standing in the kitchen in those tiny orange shorts with her midriff showing. But when my eyes made it to her face, it wasn’t her face I was looking at. It was Brennan’s. He was smiling at me with a shit-eating grin, and right when I started gagging, Ridge walked out of his room wearing the same Hooters outfit.

I feel like I’m two different people right now. I’m a guy who finds his new roommate insanely attractive, but I’m also a guy who can’t stand to be around his bitchy new roommate.  

She slams the door shut without saying please or thank you or goodbye. And even though she’s the most inconsiderate person I’ve ever met in real life, I can’t stop smiling. I think we may have just bonded.

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

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10 responses to “Review: Maybe Not – Colleen Hoover

    • I usually love her books, Melliane, and I enjoyed Maybe Not as well 🙂 Her books are usually pretty short, so you will probably be able to read one fairly fast, too.

  1. Marilyn

    Great review, Lexxie. I loved Maybe Someday. I still pick it up sometimes to read short passages. Now I need Maybe Not. I really look forward to reading Warren and Bridgette’s story.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn’s Mystery Blog

  2. Well, it seems as though they both, but especially Bridgette, did some growing??? You know I was shocked to see 4 stars for a CHoover book…but I understand why you took that star away. Is there going to be more to this story, do you think? I’m trying to understand why CHoover would have a character do such a thing. But maybe it’s just part of being Warren? The story sounds pretty good otherwise. I’m glad you did end up enjoying it, Lexxie. I’d hate it if CHoover really let you down.

    Happy Wednesday! I hope you have a wonderful day! *BIG HUGS*

    • I have no idea if there will be more to this story, Brandee. When Maybe Someday was released, it was supposed to be a standalone 🙂 I guess fans really wanted to know more about Bridgette and Warren, and CoHo did a surprise release 🙂
      Have a wonderful Wednesday yourself, drive carefully! *BIG HUGS*

    • Thanks, Iza 🙂 Yeah, points always get taken off for forcing a woman (even if it’s just a little) or for having sex without a condom at the very beginning of a relationship!

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