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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Things He Hadn't Told Her by Vicky Whedbee is a love story with a twist. This novel follows the story of three people and how their lives mesh. Cole and Chad have been best friends for almost all of their lives. Cole is a big, sporty guy fond of football while Chad is the smaller, serious, and more studious type. In spite of these personality differences, they are the best of friends and have a long history of sharing each other’s lives. As young men, both of them meet Maggie and develop feelings for her. However, Maggie falls in love with one of them and they even go on to build a life together. What is the dynamic between these three when two of the three become a couple? Will Chad and Cole’s friendship be tested? Does anyone have any regrets? This love triangle, with twists and turns along the way, forms the plot of the novel.
Things He Hadn't Told Her is a good love story, but it is certainly not a typical one between two people. Here, three people are involved and things do become complicated. I felt that the character portrayal was maybe a bit on the simplistic side, with not many nuances or shades of grey. Indeed, Cole, Chad, and Maggie all come across as lovable, good-natured people with not a mean bone in their bodies, which at times did feel a bit unrealistic. I wonder if a real love triangle of this kind may bring out people’s flaws or their ugly side a bit more. Still, that doesn’t take away from the overall story and writing which is engaging and makes for a light, fun, interesting read. For fans of the romance genre, this is a love story with a twist that they would probably enjoy.