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Not bad if you know what you're getting into...
on July 16, 2006
I don't read many "romance novels," but this was different from the stereotypical Fabio-sweeps-her-off-her-feet kind of story I envisioned. I picked this up at Bargain Books on a whim and read the whole thing in a day. Needless to say, it's a quick, brainless read.
Whether or not you enjoy this book depends on your reasons for reading it. If you want serious literature with glittering descriptions and deep thematic implications, this is obviously not the book. If you want morals or virtuous characters of any kind, again, not the book. But if you're bored or lonely and looking for something steamy that keeps the pages turning quickly, featuring Sex-and-the-City-esque characters you can become somewhat but not overly attached to, _Hot Pink_ is a good choice.
The author includes many pretty graphic sex scenes that are probably effective if you have a liking for such things. Her language of the sex act itself is pretty hokey, as can be expected, but it didn't embarrass me too badly, though I wouldn't want my mom catching me reading it or anything.
Rocco is pretty sexy if you can get over his silly name. Chloe is artsy, carefree, and extremely easy. Both are generally unbelievable (I mean, they give it up in the first 5 minutes). The rest of the characters don't matter much. Parts that bothered me about the book include Amy's over-the-top annoyingness, and Chloe's assumption of Rocco being a liar even though he wasn't. She sure treated him mean when all he wanted was, you know, her heart.
Chloe's slutty demeanor is forgivable because this is a story. We readers aren't like that, but it's exciting to imagine the lifestyle. That's what this kind of book is for, isn't it?
I'd probably give it 2.5 stars, but 3 is still fair. Overall, this is a sexy, easy to read book. Forgettable, but entertaining.