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Now, I'm not a prude by any means. I mean, I've been pregnant eight times for crying out loud. So it's not like I'm this stuffy person. But, I'll be honest here...erotic scenes just aren't my thing. It's just not. It's so cheesy to me and this book definitely proved that point.
I know that I typically review family-friendly things so please try not to get judgemental here. I took the book for review and had the obligation to do so. So, here I am—having to get nitty-gritty.
Okay, back to the cheesy stuff. I'm convinced that women who write sex scenes in books have either very little experience with sex or they turn into twelve-year-old boys when they write it. I am not a man but I've been married for seventeen years (as of this Saturday) and I can promise you that your man is not laying there thinking profound thoughts when he's sleeping with you. It's also very unrealistic to have sex two or three times in a row without pause. Sorry, ladies—I really hate to burst your bubble. Men need a little recovery time. And besides that, if the scene is well written a repeat comes off like a desperate fantasy.
Secondly, for the love of gravy, authors...stop saying cheesy things like a woman's long legs make a man believe in Santa again. A hot woman and Santa have absolutely nothing in common. Women, if your legs make your partner think about Santa...run. Because that's just not right.
See, Y'all? This is why this whole romance book thing usually doesn't work out for me.
Anyway, the story actually had a great premise but I was so stinkin' tired of the continual back and forth, hot and cold routine. I felt like these characters would be the type to set their Facebook status to, "It's Complicated." Everyone knows how annoying those couples are. Don't even pretend that they don't annoy you because we all know that would be a lie.
Towards the end, the book practically handed you the conclusion in the form of a little girl's wish. I don't even know why I finished reading. The time-jump confirmed everything I already knew.
So, here's the deal...if you like cheesy sex to go along with your Christmas cheer then this book may totally be up your alley.
However for me? I prefer a more mature relationship instead of desperate housewives.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Let’s talk about the story first, because that’s the part I did enjoy. It was cozy, romantic and had a heavier touch to it. This was caused by one of the themes being grief.
The thing that bothered me, though, was that I never felt like I was really a part of it. It would’ve helped if at least one of the POV’s got to me, but that wasn’t the case. I was looking at it from an outsider’s POV and this story would’ve had much more of an impact if that had been different. I’m sure this had a lot to do with Garbera’s writing style.
Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing about the writing that bothered me. Some parts were vague, skipped from one thing to another, jumped from one evening to a day three days after that without clearly stating it.
Honestly, I often found myself quite confused and had to reread parts on a regular basis. It’s something I don’t like doing, at all, when I’m reading a romance novel.
Apart from that… If there’s one thing that a novel like this should have it’s tension. Sexual tension. A spark. An explosion. Something. I missed all of that. Yes, the sexual scenes were heated, but it didn’t light a spark in me at all.
I love reading romance novels like these because of that spark… Not getting that is just… such a disappointment, really.
When it comes to the characters and their growth, I was confused as well. Although it’s safe to say that our MC’s, Mads and Iona, do change throughout the story, the start and ending felt ridiculously rushed.
For starters, Iona and Mads got way too personal way too fast for my liking. And regarding the ending… I’d seen it coming but I was still hoping it wouldn’t be as rushed as it was. Wanting and saying one thing on one page and stating the completely opposite on the next… It didn’t feel real and made it seem like the author just wanted to wrap it up and be done with it already.
Conclusion of the day: I liked the idea, the general story but when it comes to the execution… It could’ve been a whole lot better.
2 / 5
I received an eARC of this book through NetGalley. All opinions are entirely my own. I’m not being compensated in any way.
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