- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Bird Street Books (March 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939457130
- ISBN-13: 978-1939457134
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 222 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you don't already have one, you will crave a mad love after reading this book. I can't wait for the next installment!"--Giuliana Rancic, TV Personality & Journalist (Co-anchor on E! News and Co-host of E!’s Fashion Police
"Mad Love's powerful story not only comes to life through Colet's writing but LITERALLY shifts your soul and makes you reflect on your own journey of love and life! "--Nicky Whelan, Model & Actress (Scrubs, Workaholics and films, Hollywood & Wine and Hall Pass)
About the Author
Colet Abedi has been an entertainment industry executive for over ten years. In addition to working on many television programs for NBC, ABC, FOX, and most cable networks, she is best known for her work as head writer for the telenovela serials American Heiress and Fashion House, the latter of which starred Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild, on the FOX-owned MyNetworkTV. Abedi currently has two television series in syndication, Unsealed: Alien Files and Unsealed: Conspiracy Files, and has completed Five Souls, her first feature film. She is also the co-author of young adult fiction novel, FAE. Book one was released July 2013 by Diversion Publishing Group and was an instant online bestseller. The Dark King, the second in the planned FAE trilogy, will be released May 2014. FAE was recently optioned by Ridley Scott. Colet is a native of California, graduated with a B.A. in English literature from the University of California at Irvine, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three dogs.
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Sophie is a spoiled law school drop-out. She meets Clayton when she decides to celebrate her decision to quit school and become an artist by blowing her savings on an exclusive luxury vacation in the Maldives. Her wealthy parents are quite clear that they will not support her as an artist, so I’m not sure what she plans to live on once she spends on all her money by treating herself to a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Maybe she thinks she’ll get commissions right away? She never does anything but sketch in this book, so the problem may be pressing for her sooner rather than later.
Sophie, despite her social advantages, perfect body, model-like good looks, and the existence of an ex-fiance, is a 23-year-old virgin. Why? We never really find out, she’s just kind of awkward (in a cute romance novel way, not in an “actually awkward” way). In reality, she is a virgin so that Clayton can get all excited about it when he over-hears here discussing it with her friends. Despite going to high school and college in one of the biggest cities in the US and having all the advantages of her beauty and social status, she never found anyone to have sex with – even during her extended engagement. It’s not a religious or cultural thing. It just doesn’t make sense in 2016.
The first person she meets on the island is Clayton Sinclair, a handsome British billionaire who is also an aristocrat. He immediately falls for Sophie and begins exercising control over her life. They quickly fall in “love.”
Somewhere along the line, the term “alpha” has lost its meaning to some authors. People. A man who hits you in anger, who hides his past while insisting on knowing every detail of yours, who forbids you from wearing certain clothing because he doesn’t want others to see what is “his,” who restricts your movements, who curses freely but tells you not to do so, who controls what you eat and drink, who has to be restrained from beating your ex – that isn’t an alpha. That’s just an abusive vacation fling who wants to be an abusive boyfriend. Choosing your own clothing shouldn’t make a man “livid.” That these things happen when Clayton and Sophie have literally known each other for days doesn’t bode well for the levels of violence, control, and manipulation later in their relationship.
The writing in this book is okay (although the author has a terrible habit of using Sophie’s narration to call attention to the artificiality of the scene, saying things like “I felt like I was in a bad romantic comedy.” No. You’re in a contrived scene written by someone who has watched too many bad romantic comedies). But Clayton is so abusive and awful that it killed my interest in watching this relationship progress.
But plans change when she lays eyes on Clayton! Clayton, Clayton, Clayton! That man has a way with words. He's all Alpha, demanding, always right, takes no s***! He makes his intentions clear with Sophie, but it's also clear that he has more than deflowering virgin Sophie on his mind. Nicknamed "the wolf" by his mates, he preys on Sophie! Not in a creepy way, but in a way that he knows he's found his match and doesn't plan to let Sophie go!
"I have so much to teach you Sophie. Bliss you can't imagine."
Cue toe curl!!!! While Clayton is opening up Sophie's eyes to a world she never imagined, Sophie is pushing Clayton out of his comfort zone. He's never wanted to be with anyone as much as he wants to be with Sophie. I liked how even though he's in unchartered waters, he doesn't run! He gets what he wants, and what he wants is Sophie!!!!
Loved the naughty fun these two get into and having the backdrop of the Maldives is perfect! Be ready to be under Clayton's spell, he is so passionate , gentle, and caring of Sophie. Each touch, kiss, and stroke had me melting. Colet takes you from hot to HOT!!!!! The thing I loved most about this book was the fact that there's so much in store for Sophie and Clayton. I feel like they were just beginning at the end of the book. The best books don't have to end with a happy ending. The best books leave readers wanting MORE, and that's just what you get in Mad Love! And although the ending is a shocker, I'm not giving up on Sophie and Clayton! They are truly destined for each, not matter what! I've never wanted two characters to be together so bad! Bring on book 2!
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Why didn't I like it? Sophie and the insta-love thing really made me want to read something else.Read more