- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Addison Moore publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: October 21, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016X0F0BO
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3:AM Kisses: Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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Baya (what kind of name is that?) is eager to get to college so that she can finally do whatever it is she didn't do in high school? Why didn't she? Well, we can't possibly know that. She arrives at college as a blank slate, no romantic history, no significant friendships. She just wants to reunite with her brother, that's why she chose this particular college far from home. She's so dumb that she can't even tell when her tube top is pulled down and exposing herself, so she flashes a campus hottie who (conveniently enough) is her brother's roommate. Cole (the brother) and Bryson (the hottie) have dedicated themselves to sleeping with every woman who will have them. When Bryson realizes that he likes Baya, Cole is wary of his friend's history and forbids them to see each other.
And instead of handling it like adults, they attempt to acquiesce to his demand.
Complicating matters is that Baya's roommate has no understanding of sexual boundaries and engages in frequent public sex in their dorm room. Apparently this school has no system to handle roommate disputes or inappropriate behavior, so Baya must move in to her brother's apartment and sleep on his couch. This doesn't help her deal with her attraction to Bryson (but it really should -- there's a scene where she hugs him just after he has been with another woman and she notices that he reeks of sex . . . and this turns her on?). Baya really lacks any sexual history, but this doesn't stop her from thinking in lewd terms constantly. Her internal monologues are immature and her understanding of her sexuality is fixated on a specific organ. Her vagina is always pulsating, throbbing against her thighs, even attempting to "wave in" Bryson (what that would look like, I have no idea). Her internal barriers against acknowledging her own desires force her to split herself into separate entities -- there is her rogue vagina (or, if you will, her "penis pocket") and then there is the rest of Baya.
Her significant hang-ups about sex infect her interactions with others, specifically her relationship with her roommate. Cole and Bryson are very sexually active -- they're competitive over numbers of different partners to the extent of carving actual notches in the door frame of their bedrooms. Yet this is never allowed to be the sum total of their personality. But women who practice the same level of sexual engagement are not allowed this level of humanity in Baya's world. Her roommate is dehumanized, her body carved into parts ("Thing One" and "Thing Two"). Baya actually thinks of her as a vector of disease, yet her brother and love interest (both of whom have had sex with her) are presented neutrally. The hostility to female sexuality in this book is profound. There is redemption for Cole and Bryson. Cole will be rehabilitated in a future book and his sexuality is never the sum total of his personality. Bryson's love for Baya effectively erases his sexual history (and besides, he was just dealing with pain). But it's unclear what redemption is possible for women in Moore's world.
Baya's friends are about as authentic as everything else in the book. They exist mainly to laugh hysterically when she disparages her roommate and tell her how beautiful she is. They're cheerleaders and I'm sure they will be appropriately individualized when they have their chance at love (or at least a throbbing vagina) in future installments of this series.
There are better NA romances out there, books that don't exude a miasma of misogyny, books that don't force you to deal with stunted sexuality, books that don't involve a melodramatic and frankly unbelievable plot twist at the end. From other reviews, I gather this may not be the author's best work. As for me, this is the first book I've read by the author and I'd be very cautious about picking up another one.
1 - There is no story. Like at all. There are the small conflicts between characters that, except for one involving the bitch Aubree, are barely even conflicts. More like small drama bombs when griefing is turned off. Remove every reference to sex, genitals, and hot bodies and you are left with perhaps one chapter near the end of the book.
2 - The characters are completely unbelievable. I've been to university. Guess what. Not every young person that attends thinks about sex 24/7 or is having sex every few hours. You know what is happening? Studying, going to class, socializing. Things that never seem to happen in this book. Our naive virgin immediately wants to jump into bed with the first hot guy, even after slut-shaming every girl she meets. There is some "mystery" about what happened to Stephanie, but by the time I dragged myself through this story I just couldn't give a crap.
3 - The writing is awful. I think I now have about 100 new phrases for sex and genitals. I've never read a book that personifies genitals to such a high degree. Vaginas don't have knees and balls don't weep. I think something readers might forget is that this entire story takes place between the first day of class (sometime in late August, most likely) and Thanksgiving. That's about three and a half months. That's it. And not once do we read about Baya attending classes or doing any actual studying. I don't know how any of them managed to stay in school considering their entire day is taken up with sex and thinking about sex.
The one good thing about this book has nothing to do with Moore and her story. Caitlin Kelly narrates the audio version and for that reason alone this book gets three stars instead of one. Her vocal choices for each character is en pointe. Baya's voice sounds young and has a hint of up-speak. She sounds naive when she talks about sex. Bryson and Cole might not have distinctly male voices, but they do sound sultry. And they must have smooth, sultry voices to have triple digits(!!) notches in their door frames.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
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