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- Print Length: 363 pages
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- Publisher: ViVaPub; 1 edition (December 28, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 28, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019YNUQ0M
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book follows and tried and tired script of obscenely wealthy business magnate (who's also tall, dark, and handsome) blackmailing a young, innocent, indigent woman into an intimate relationship. From the book's description, the heroine sounds like an independent, strong willed person. Unfortunately, she comes off as a shrill harridan in the beginning because we all know that barging into a man's office and shouting at him works beautifully in diplomatic situations. Not. He, of course, is emotionally remote because, like a country song, a woman done him wrong (ergo, all woman are bad people) and comes across as both ruthless and creepy.
Our heroine (I read the book last night and have already forgotten her name) chooses to allow herself to be blackmailed to save her louse of a father from his longstanding drug habit. She agrees because he's family, despite the fact he literally abandoned her when she was a child and she's funding his drug habit. There's our second TSTL moment. The choice is supposed to show her as compassionate and loving, but really just shows her as easily manipulated.
Our heroine inserts a "no sex" clause into the agreement with our hero. We all know that's not going to hold up, because they're insanely attracted to one another from the moment they meet. She stutters and drools; he can hardly think because all his blood's runs south. She works her feminine wiles on him and they fail. So she tries again. And again. With the same results. We're thinking this little gal ain't too bright. Our hero, by the way, manipulates her into doing exactly what he wants with laughable ease because he's such a superior example of masculine pulchritude and financial success. Of course.
His overweening lust for her preys on his mind and interrupts his work, which is her fault, of course, because she's somehow responsible for his inability to govern his own thoughts and actions. Her incredible (and unbelievable) intuitiveness spurs her to aid him in his business and social dealings. She tries to set him straight; he calls her a liar. She runs hot and cold; he thinks she's just a tease. But still, their relationship progresses. They fall into bed. It's magnificent. Of course. The following day he comes home from work and she's cooking supper. He's horribly rude to her and hurts her feelings. And, wow, who'd believe that I'd begin to empathize with our idiot heroine? But Marcus is a prime jerk. Because a woman done him wrong.
Long story short, Marus has a heart-to-heart chat with his younger brother and suddenly realizes that his lady love really isn't the experienced femme fatale he assumed. He's in love. But their agreement has ended and, like Elvis, our heroine has left the building. It takes him two weeks to find her, then declare himself and drag her off into the sunset with him.
For all its trite, formulaic plot, I didn't hate the book. It's actually well written with only a handful of typos that are easily skipped over. Characters' personalities come through clearly. The stereotypes hold true throughout, so there are no surprises of characters acting out of character. In short, it's a light, fluffy read to while away a lazy afternoon. Keep your expectations low and you'll enjoy it.
No character development on the heroine's part. Plot points that could've been explored and could've made the story more gripping were left to wither away.
Do yourself a favor and don't buy this book, even if it's free. Not worth it.
Other reviewers have described the main male character (I refuse to call him the "hero" and Amazon wouldn't let me swear so I'm going to call him "Brock") as "a little rapey". He's not. He a full on rapist. First off, 'she was sleeping' is not permission to molest someone. Secondly, there's no "point of no return" with sex. You can say 'stop' at anytime and any descent human being will stop when told to, 'she was just too sexy' is not an excuse. Thirdly, when we first meet 'Brock' he needs to "pin her to the floor and teach her what she honesty wanted". Do you need me to tell you what's wrong with that? Lastly you can't kidnap people (you wouldn't think you'd need to say that, but here we are)
'Brock' is also violent. He physically intimidating and knowingly uses that to frighten the h. He's also mentally abusive- after having a bad day Brock comes home and says hurtful things to the h, and not because they're fighting, he's just had a bad day and enjoys being cruel. He forces the h to except gifts including paying for her father's health care. Which sounds nice except; 1) her asking him not to 2) him using it later to control and manipulate her, and 3) they're in England it's free. He buys her a whole new wardrobe. How nice. Not really, he tossed her old clothes so now if she tries to escape he can have her arrested for stealing a designer dress. This isn't stated in the book but it's something that should have gone through the h's head. All of his gifts seem to have similar strings attached. Not 'hey would like a new cell phone?' but 'you will take this because I don't care if you want it or not'.
Our heroine is... well first off we can't get through a chapter without her stuttering, it's infuriating. Our heroine is a typical abuse victim. She blames herself whenever Brock is a jerk. She keeps convincing herself he can change despite him failing at every opportunity. It's as if the writer read some survivors' stories and thought 'this is hot'.
I'm trying really hard not to blame the victim but the h knows she's not in a good or safe relationship but she stays. Even after their wedding she says no to having children right away and "the rejection had almost destroyed the fragile peace between them". She married someone with whom she shared love and a "fragile peace".
I know 50 shades is a popular book and that the idea of a rich, hot guy being obsessed with you and buying you things sounds fun if you don't think about it to hard or if you enjoy it for its wrongness, but even for the genre this is bad. You never see a healthy interaction between the h and Brock. In fact you don't see much at all. Everything is told to you- instead of writing about going out we get told that they went out and 'it was great'. The vast majority of the book takes place in the minds of the two main characters instead of experiencing action and events with the characters. We never see a reconciliation with the mains; she's running away, he punches someone, all better. We're only told in the epilogue that he changed. His newfound loving personality is never put to the test with the h. He just decides that it's wrong to be a controlling, untrusting jerk so he controllingly, untrustingly forces his brother to stop his wedding. The writer spent no time on world building. Little time was spent with any other characters, a few pages with each parent. There's no closure with either parent and Matt (the brother) didn't get nearly enough pages either. It would have been nice to have a friend for each character to use as a sounding board instead of having them always in their own heads. Of course then h would have a lifeline to snap her out of her mind controlled, sex obsessed, love addled daze and/or call the police so we can't have that. Which brings up what might be the worse sin of this book. After 'Brock' decides to imprison h h, in an uncharacteristic act of sanity, says she'll call the police when she gets out. Brock says they won't believe her because they've been seen together in the papers. This is beyond kink, this is just sick. To even suggest that it's ok to rape, abuse, and imprison someone because you're dating them, that dating means they can do whatever they want to you, and that no one would believe anything you say because you consented once and as the book says once you consent to one thing you've consented to everything isn't kinky fun smut- It's vile.
I've read plenty of good books in this genre this is definitely not one.
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