Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Today’s featured book is an ARC from Amazon Vine:  The Idea of Him, by Holly Peterson.





Intro: (Memory Lane)

The taxi driver took off down Seventh Avenue as if he’d just mainlined a pound of crystal meth.  This guy was on a kamikaze mission, reckless even by New York standards where taxi drivers charge down the streets with no regard for their passengers’ lives.

“Slow down, sir, please!”  I yelled through the opening in the glass partition as I contemplated ditching this driver at the next corner.

He slammed on his brakes.  “Okay, lady!  I’ll slow it down a little.  Yeah.”  But when the light turned green, he began weaving between cars and playing chicken to blow past the giant city buses.  We brushed a bike messenger who retaliated with a fisted punch on the trunk.  I again waffled about getting out, but it was that bustling time of early rush hour just before the taxi shift change, when I wouldn’t be able to get another, so I stayed put and latched my seat belt.  Besides, my kids were waiting for me at home, and I was already half an hour late leaving the office.


Teaser:  I pretended to waltz into my kitchen, no big deal, just checking on the food, and found the college server frantically filling black lacquer trays with hot-outside, frozen-inside hors d’oeuvres.  No sign of Wade.  “Jim.  Have you seen my husband?” (p. 45).


Amazon Description:  From the New York Times bestselling author of The Manny—a vibrant novel of love, life lessons, and learning to trust yourself…

Allie Crawford has the life she always dreamed of—she’s number two at a high-profile P.R. firm; she has two kids she adores; and her husband is a blend of handsome and heroic. Wade is everything she thought a man was supposed to be—he’s running a successful newsmagazine and, best of all, he provides the stable yet exciting New York City life Allie believes she needs in order to feel secure and happy.

But when Allie finds Wade locked in their laundry room with a stunning blonde in snakeskin sandals, a scandal ensues that flips her life on its head. And when the woman wants to befriend Allie, an old flame calls, and a new guy gets a little too close for comfort, she starts to think her marriage is more of a facade than something real. Maybe she’s fallen in love not with Wade—but with the idea of him.

Captivating and seductive, told in the whip-smart voice of a woman who is working hard to keep her parenting and career on track, The Idea of Him is a novel of conspiracy, intrigue, and intense passion—and discovering your greatest strength through your deepest fears.


What do you think?  Are you intrigued?  Do you want to keep reading?  This is a new-to-me author, so I’m eager to find out.



  1. I know I shouldn’t judge books by their covers but this one is so cheesy! Doesn’t do justice to the blurb! I probably wouldn’t pick it up, simply because I wouldn’t get past the cover.


    1. I had never really looked closely at the cover…which shows that covers are not the defining moments for me. I wouldn’t pick that cover…but I’m drawn to blurbs. Thanks for stopping by, Kate.


  2. As a former NY resident, I enjoy stories set there and it sounds like the author has a slight sarcastic wit which I appreciate. Can’t tell much about the plot based on the blurb, but it predicts her writing style, so yes, I would read it.


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