The Cost of Love and Sanity is the story of a professional career woman who succeeds in every part of her life and has everything she wants... except for one thing a family. Alex has just never met the right man, not that she's really devoted much time to looking. At 37, Alex is a bit of homebody and prefers to focus on her career as a Recruitment Manager. She drives a Lexus and has a large house all to herself. One day she bumps into a guy she dated a decade ago, but broke up with over trust issues. In a way, she'd really like to rekindle a relationship with him and it seems like he's really changed, but has he?
I enjoyed this book and I liked the character of Alex. I felt like I had a lot in common with her, personality-wise. I found the story enjoyable. It wasn't a terribly exciting story line, but it moved along at a nice pace. The only thing that bothered me was there was no mention of a setting. I assumed the book was set in Florida, because the author is from Jacksonville. Yet, she never mentions what city or state the book is set in. I kept looking for complex and I did find some and I am not sure the book is set in Florida, but again it's never actually mentioned. Alex does mention that if she'd have a baby shower she'd like to hold it in Amelia Island or Sawgrass, both which are towns near Jacksonville. Later, Nathan tells Alex he'd like to take her to a club outside of Orlando. Even if the author made up a fictional Florida town, I just feel like a book isn't complete without mention of a setting. For people who don't live in Florida, they probably aren't familiar enough to figure out what state Alex lives in.
I also felt the character's reactions to almost any dialogue was redundant. No matter what was said someone, without fail, would "suck their teeth." I think the author should have maybe explored different reactions for her characters. I'm not being hyperbolic, the phrase "sucked his/her teeth" came up several times in each chapter!
Outside of that, the book was a nice romance about a smart, educated career woman. I appreciated that Alex wasn't a damsel-in-distress like many romance book heroines. I'm giving The Cost of Love and Sanity 4 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Tlc Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.