- File Size: 735 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publication Date: April 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071V7CSVN
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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***This is going to be super spoiler-y but had I known this four hours ago I could have spent those four hours having several root canals, spending quality time with my mother-in-law, babysitting teething infants with ear infections, or sitting in five-o-clock traffic. I dunno, pretty much anything else really.
"Hero": B is an extremely wealthy entertainment lawyer who was recently outed for his hosting of super kinky sex parties in the press. Whips, chains etc. His basement is more of a dungeon for the wealthy to swap wives etc. Why have one woman give you a blow job when you can have several do it at once, that's B/Balion/Mateo. So you know the quintessential "billionaire-bad-boy".
Heroine: Jamie/Jamila is a NICU nurse who at 28 feels like her dreams of having a husband and children are getting harder and harder to reach. She's a caring friend, great sister, loving daughter and all around good person until she meets B and becomes the perfect example of a "TSTL doormat" heroine you really hope little girls never read about.
***Ok... things are about to get more spoilier-y so yeah, second warning. Yes I know several of you will continue reading despite my warnings, get your feathers ruffled by my snark, down-vote my review and send me less than ladylike emails but I'm willing to risk it.
B sets his sights on Jamie and decides he has to have her. She's apparently beautiful (I'm pretty sure that's his usual only requirement) and when she doesn't instantly fall for his charms, turns her nose up at his "lifestyle" (collecting STD's) his interest is peaked and he pursues her. She puts up a good fight for a few pages and at first you like her. She's a great character, until she isn't. Eventually she decides that despite looking for a serious relationship B's too hot to resist (see, they have the same dating requirements) and she accepts his offer of a night of kinky sex. But, that's not what happens.He just screws with her head for months. "One night" of sex turns into weeks of fancy dinners, flowers, thoughtful gifts etc before they even hook-up.
They do this for a painful amount of time, him being disgustingly romantic but expecting her to not to fall for him while she -of course- just falls for him anyway. Jamie actually gets to the point, after an extremely depressing birthday dinner with her family, that she decides her dream of marriage and children aren't important, she's willing to just take what scraps B throws her way. He's a hot, rich, why not, she should really thank her lucky starts right? She's just a silly woman, her feelings don't matter!
B's 92 year old yes NINETY TWO year old grandmother gets sick and dies (why do the good die young?) which justifies him ghosting the heroine and disappearing. Obvs this is a really traumatic experience. I mean, if you're only 39, still young and impressionable and your elderly grandmother dies of old age it's seriously going to mess with you're head. I mean how do you come back from that? It's a wonder he was able to get out of bed. Anyway so during his hiatus Jamie finds out she's pregnant *rolls eyes*.
B has ignored her desperate/pathetic attempts of getting his attention (she calls and texts him constantly -these are the types of women that helped the writers of Wedding Crasher's come up with the term "Stage 5 Clinger") for a month but now that she's pregnant she just decides to go to him in person -guilting his secretary into giving her his sisters address. She tells him the happy news, he accuses her of "setting him up"/getting pregnant on purpose, even though he used condoms every single time, and she smacks him and storms out.
A few hours later he calls, says he's sorry, she buys it, and he goes to her. He straight out tells her he was hoping she'd move on, he'd go back to his sex-party kink fests and all would be right with the world BUT since she's preggers he's gonna just suck it up and they'll be one big happy family. She -having no self respect or value- happily accepts these terms. Oh, what was his excuse for being anti-relationship you ask?
When B was 21, his 19 year old/pregnant wife decided to (secretly) sell drugs to help him pay for law school. His brother/wife's drug supplier was driving with her and they were in an accident. The brother lived (got 25 years in prison) but B's wife/baby didn't make it. So therefore, he was forced to spend his life banging rich kinky chicks in his basement while other rich guys watched. Poor guy.
So, that's my take on the story. Is my summary cynical? Probably. Want the basics before you borrow/buy this book? Here they are:
1.) Cheating? No. Surprisingly.
2.) Cliffhanger? No.
3.) HEA? Yes, sadly.
4.) Violence? Nope, not that sort of story.
5.) Writing/Grammar? Emily Snow is a really talented writer. While I didn't dig the story, it was well written and I didn't really pick up any grammatical mistakes and she writes like people talk, using contractions and makes it flow/easy to read.
6.) Sexual content? I seriously thought this book would be of the BDSM variety. It isn't - despite B's particular tastes he keeps things pretty vanilla with Jamie. Dirty talk and other desirable things take place giving you all but one aspect to make the sex heat up. Connection. I felt it was missing and therefore wasn't really into their frisky-business.
7.) Would I recommend this book to my friends? Nope. In fact, after sitting there reading that long review I just wrote we're probably besties and as my bestie I'm telling you there's so many other books you should spend four hours (or however long it takes you to read a book this size) reading. Send me an email or check out my 5 star reviews if you want some suggestions.
8.) Premise/Trope? There really isn't one. Pretty much just a terrible contemporary.
9.) POV? Dual.
I loved the push-and-pull feel of their relationship. It was interesting to see someone who was not used to pursuing a woman go all out. And Mateo did it so well. I understood where Jamie's fears of being with Mateo came from. Nothing he was offering met any of the things she was looking for in a guy, but those two gave off sparks when they were around one another.
And the story flowed so well, from the beginning to the end. I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen between them. I was even worried the book would end on a cliffhanger, and Emily Snow gives as good cliffhanger as she does book, so I was pretty tense for a little bit. I shouldn't have worried, because she managed to not just wrap everything up, but do it in a way that felt just right and appropriate for Mateo and Jamie's story. It answered not only my questions, but also cleared up any of Jamie's lingering doubts about Mateo Bailon and even how Mateo felt about Jamie.
Most of all, I loved being a part of their story. It really felt like I was an observer of everything that happened between them. I loved seeing Lucy and Jace from Friction. I really loved how this book was set concurrently with some of the events from Friction, but someone could pick up Distraction and not be lost with the brief mentions. I would love for Emily to write more about some of the characters mentioned in this book. I think Victoria would make a great heroine, and so would Sonora. I also want to mention another Easter Egg in the form a mention to the Devoured series that made me squeal. I can never get enough of Emily's stories. I'll be happy reading anything she writes!
Jamie and Mateo are two people that are incredibly wrong for each other. Jamie has dreams of marriage, babies and security and Mateo wants women, recklessness and a distraction from life. It should all be so simple. And it could have been if both of them hadn’t been lying to themselves and each other. So, that they mesh so well together is unexpected.
Jamie was the most honest of the two. She told Mateo right up front what she wanted in her life and from any man she got involved with. Her only mistake was in believing that she could just have a bit of fun with Mateo and not let her feelings get involved. Unfortunately, anyone who knows her knows she’s just not wired that way.
Mateo on the other hand is just plain stubborn. He completely lived up to everyone’s expectations of him, both family and friends. The only thing I did not understand about him was that he’s obviously known for throwing kinky sex parties so I’m not sure why getting caught having one would have stopped his partaking in his favorite form of distraction before Jamie.
Snow does a really good job of slowly building the relationship between these two. It’s not all rainbows and declarations of love right off the bat so the feelings they develop come as a surprise to both of them. And, as we all know, sometimes surprises are not welcome or handled well. You really feel for both of them here and want them to find their HEA. My only complaint with the book is that the conclusion seemed to be wrapped up pretty quickly and I found myself wanting more of what happened after.