Review: Create a Life to Love by Erin Zak

Quick Info
Create a Life to Love

  • Author: Erin Zak
  • Publishing House: Bold Strokes Books
  • Release Date: 11.06.2019
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: contemporary, romance
  • Trigger Warnings: abuse, cheating, female hating, sex worker shaming, maybe more
  • Rating: dnf at 18%

Create a Life to Love

Romance novelist Jackie Mitchell has built a life that works: few responsibilities, friends that know she’s far from outgoing, and sex whenever she needs it. She has her past, but she doesn’t think about it. Ever.

All that changes when she finds the child she gave up for adoption standing on the doorstep. Now sixteen years old, Beth Weber is resourceful, a blossoming artist, and a spitting image of her birth mom. To say Jackie is stunned is the understatement of the year.

When Jackie meets Beth’s adoptive mom, Susan, they’re immediately attracted to each other, but there’s no way Jackie is getting involved with a married woman, especially Beth’s mom. But when Susan and Beth need a place to stay and end up back on Jackie’s doorstep, their lives change forever.

Will these three women who share a past and face an uncertain future be able to forge a life of love together?

The Queer’s Review

Every minute I spend reading this book was a wasted one for me.

And I know that sounds harsh, but it truly feels that way for me. I actually dreaded writing this review because I don’t have anything nice to say about Create a Life to Love. I could go the Thumper way but I won’t.

I mean obviously I won’t. Being a book blogger is not about being nice it’s about being authentic and honest without being an asshole to the author.

So I didn’t read much since I dnf-ed at 18% but even this not-far in there were so many problems for me I honestly should have dnf-ed way sooner.

First… we’ve got three different povs. I mean seriously. Three. It came across like a big mess of different thoughts and feelings but none of them made much sense to me. Of course three povs can work and it can make sense. But in this case it’s just a big mess of tell don’t show and I enjoy it being the other way. But okay. I could’ve lived with that.

I couldn’t live with but I accepted not liking even one character. Not even a little bit. I didn’t get them at all. One reason for this is that to me they felt very bland and one dimensional. But I didn’t get them on a rational level neither.

I mean… your husband is abusing you. And then you think to yourself “hey… adopting a child so that it gets abused too is a great idea?!” WTF?! There is so much slut shaming and female hating too.

I get being angry and hurt because your husband is cheating on you. But that’s not a reason to call the other woman a whore? There is so much wrong with it.

Shaming sex workers is not cool. Also how about insulting your husband since he’s the one who is cheating if you need to let off some steam? I seriously could go on and on about this and I don’t even know how bad it really gets in the end.

But speaking of not getting the characters. Trusting strange people into your home, going on a roadtrip with them, and overall being all lovey-dovey with them? I don’t get it. I didn’t understand why they all were being like that.

Bookish Thoughts

I had such high hopes for Creating a Life to Love. Maybe that’s way I crashed this hard with it.


I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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