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Let's talk about characters, Ryker and Charlotte (Charlie). I liked the way the romance developed between the two, the chemistry was there but Ryker was just holding on to the past to much to act on....so what does he do? Breaks my first rule to a good book, the hero has to stop his man-whore ways when he has feelings for the heroine; which then leads to rule two being broken...doormat.
I will read another book by this author because I think Tease sounds interesting, but this book just gets an "ok", mildly irritated, 3 Stars. I liked the writing, I liked the plot, but it is amazing how one incident in a book can change everything for you. Keep reading for the spoilers as to why I took stars off...
What ruined the book for me? Our hero, Ryker, goes to a bar where a waitress starts hitting on him, he's trying to forget Charlie and the waitress looks like Charlie, so what the heck, he figures "I will go to the store room with her and see if I can get Charlie off the brain. I just haven't had sexy times in a while that's why I keep thinking about her" and of course he has all the "Charlie is too good for me", "she won't fit into my life style", "Sexy times will help me get my head back on" thoughts going through his head.
So to get over the heroine, who he has all these new and strange feelings for, he takes the waitress up on her offer of fun in a storeroom. Why not, he can sleep with the Charlie substitute and all will be good right? While the waitress has her hands down his pants and he on second base, he is thinking about Charlie...YUCK! Here comes the worse part, it's Charlie's sister (Anna)...DOUBLE YUCK! Anna is the cause of all the drama in the book, who to be honest was a horrible sister and doormat Charlie didn't call her out on her choices!
To top it off, Charlie is getting beat up and almost sexually assaulted because of the bad choices Anna made, while Anna's hands are down Ryker's pants. Then Charlie stumbles into the storeroom looking for her sister and catches them! WHAT? So here we are folks, Charlies sister, Anna, has made bad choices which are blowing back on Charlie, Charlie has stumbled into the storeroom beat up and in her pj's, catches her sister with her hand down the pants of the man she is interested in...and what does she do. "Oh, I guess he doesn't like me", "Oh I guess he is seeing my sister,
but Anna didn't tell me, I wonder when that happened". And then 30 minutes later she is sleeping (for real sleeping) in the hero's bed. WHAT?
Doormat! This one page/paragraph in the book TOTALLY ruined the chemistry and how I viewed the characters. SO FRUSTRATED, it would have been a 4 star book if it wasn't for this. From that point on, I had no respect for Charlie because she should yelled/kicked/screamed...anything at her sister for getting her beat up and then she should have stopped talking to Ryker for getting it on with her sister...SISTER. Gross. I couldn't come back from that, I just couldn't. It gets better, Ryker redeems himself after destroying the doormat and the HEA is there, but SISTER? Ugh...
It really wasn't bad at all. I really liked this book. I can't say that we have a strong alpha in this book but what we do have a guy that thinks probably a little too much for his own good. And we have a reasonably professional woman with crappy family.
What I like about the book is that she didn't have to give up her "civilian" life to be with the bad boy. So often in these books the entire life of the women becomes the club. They give up careers and jobs and whatever but that wasn't the theme in this book. She has her job and she pushes ahead with it regardless of the club. She has a life that doesn't revolve around the club.
He has his strong opinions and he shares them but he doesn't come off as highly offensive. He comes off as troubled and wounded but not offensive which I like.
Club business is really at a minimum in this book. You get to know some of the guys. You know a club exists and kind of what they are but this book isn't mired in the business of the club. Club politics comes into play because of the women. Not the woman becoming involved because of the club politics. That's a welcome change as well.
I also loved that this wasn't an instant love sort of book. It's a struggle and it comes and goes with hurt and angst. But it's nto one of those hop into bed on a drunken night and proclaim love for each other sorts of books.
I'm looking forward to future books. The preview of the next one already has me hooked in.
Ryker and Charlie's story began with them meeting at Charlie's job. Ryker new he wanted her but walked away for her benefit. Soon Charlie is attacked and Ryker goes against his better judgment and takes Charlie under his protection. Along the way they have ups and downs. I highly recommend this book to all readers who like MC romances.