- File Size: 1862 KB
- Print Length: 301 pages
- Publisher: S.M Phillips Publishing; 1 edition (June 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LG0HIFI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,637 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The trope here is "the player who gets brought down by that one special girl". But the problem with this book is the same problem so many NA romances have: the plot relies heavily on physical attraction/chemistry/lust. From the first time they see each other, each thinks the other is sizzling hot and wants nothing more than to tear the other's clothes off and get horizontal. We are supposed to believe that this lust is so powerful that it has Max breaking the rule of a lifetime: "never get involved." And it IS lust, because we are given dual first-person POV and all Max keeps saying is how hard he is for Jess all the time and how he can't wait to get inside her again as soon as possible. Like, seriously. Something like that is not enough to induce a player to commit in real life. He supposedly moves from lust to more complicated feelings, but it's hard to see why, as we're never given any reason why Jess is so special. We're supposed to accept that she just is.
And Jess... I also really hate it when authors put their female leads at the mercy of their hormones. "I want to resist him, but I can't -- he's just too delicious and just looking at him makes me wet! I can't help but respond to his advances even though I know this isn't a good idea! Poor me, my hormones have taken over and I've lost my brain cells!" I don't know why female authors write heroines like this. It's insulting to women, and if any woman were to act like that in real life, she would be putting herself in danger.
Yeah, well, it's fiction, you'll say. Well, if Jess is surrendering to Max against her better judgment, how am I supposed to feel happy for her? There's that "it's not right" feeling floating in the background. I'll know that she's not totally comfortable with it, even if she enjoys out-of-this-world sex (which they always do). Sure, later Max might prove himself worthy. If he does, then she's super lucky.
Anyway... Yeah, I didn't like Max in the beginning, I didn't like that he couldn't act like a normal human being and just ask Jess out instead of trying to arrogantly dictate to her. I liked Jess's feistiness but didn't like that her hormones constantly overruled her caution when she got into close proximity with Max. I also thought Stella's character was so BLINDINGLY OBVIOUS (why must there always be a scheming b***h who wants to sink her claws into the hero? And why is the hero always oblivious?!?). Finally, I hated the cliffhanger. I kinda want to know what happens next, but I don't know if my curiosity is strong enough to prompt me to pay for the next two books. It's not as if the writing was fantastic or bowled me over. It's a fairly typical NA romance.
There is a love/hate relationship, they both want each other but neither wants what the other does. Max wants more or less a one nightstand where Jess wants a meaningful relationship. Her mother who we never met sure did a number on her. She feels unworthy and feels she will fail at anything she does. She is a strong woman but the mind games her mother played really messed her up. When it comes to men she is so unsure of herself that it almost makes her look weak when she isn’t. Both her and Max fight the attraction more so her, Max is way out of her league. He is demanding and very alpha he tells her what she will do, not asking but demands. She isn’t one to be pushed around and backs off as he comes forward. By the time he works out he might want more than just one night things happen that puts him right back to not sure what he wants.
I feel Max is ready to settle down but he is afraid to, nothing is forever and he needs forever to overcome his past. When things get tough he walks, then he makes a big mess of it all. You are left wondering what will happen, can they make it work, do they even want to. It will be interesting to see how he cleans up the mess he makes or even if he can.
This book does need some editing you have here for her and so on. With Editing this could be an outstanding read. I did not care for all the F words but it didn’t take away from the story. I think Max would have been more likeable if he didn’t curse so much. I just felt as a wealthy business man he would have come across better without the F this and F that, for me it was out of place. Even with all the above I still felt this was a great read and did enjoy it. I enjoyed it so much that I did pre-order book 2 now it is just finding time to work it in with my other reads. This is one of the reasons I do stay away from cliffhangers, I either forget to read them or I can’t find time to work them in with what I have promised to read.
Jess I love her strong stick to your guns personality. I don’t mind the female to break some we all know we have that point in us. It was good to see that when Jess breaks, she pulls herself up and moves on from the down fall. Max comes in with the guns blazing not really knowing anything about Jess except that he has to have her. He is a little mysterious and whole lot sexy.
Just a warning Phillips has a cliffhanger that is going to have you screaming!! We all know that is always a selling point for me.
I loved this story - Jess is trying hard to get over a bad break up - the worse kind! So, when her boss offers her the chance of a lifetime, she can't refuse, right?
Enter Max Wilde... he's about to rock Jess's world and leave her decision to take a risk hanging in the balance.
The chemistry between Max and Jess jumps off the page, and SM does a great job creating great banter and passion between her main characters.
The book is a cliffhanger, but book two is out soon... You need Max Wilde in your life!
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