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Like any avid reader, when there's lots of chattering about a novel I am normally inclined to find out what all the brouhaha is about, so, that's what brought me to purchasing this book. But in the end, I was left disappointed. It just didn't do it for me.
For one, the novel was way too childish. Grace is 33 years of age, yet, she acts like a 15 year old. There was never a part of this book where she acted her age. Sure, the humour was great, there were quite a few times when I was holding my stomach in laughter. But at times it was surfeiting.
Jack is really nice for a young hero. He's actually more mature than Grace and I really couldn't, for the life of me, understand how he finds Grace's childish behaviour attractive. There was hardly any serious conversation between the two which it made it difficult for me to regard them as couple who are in love. They were more like two teenagers who were always playing around.
Next, there was NO depth. Like seriously, where's the conflict? Everything was all smooth and easy like Sunday Morning. There were so many opportunities for the author to create conflict and she didn't, Grace simply "pushed it aside"(her words). It was merely day in and day out of NOTHING but Grace and Jack talking a bunch of crap. There were times when the author was literally forcing the days to pass, it was so obvious that she was trying not to make things happen too quickly. But this should NEVER be obvious to the readers! Half way through the book I was bored to death.
Also, it was so unrealistic that these two--now please remember that jack is TWENTY-FOUR--were having only oral sex for WEEKS. Like are you kidding me??? Where and when in this century would you find a twenty four year old movie star, who has girls chasing his hot ass everywhere he goes, settling for only oral sex??? If Grace was a virgin, then, I could understand Jack's patience, but she wasn't. She was a 33year old woman! So what's up with the "I want it to be special" crap? That was just ludicrous. For me it was inadvertent humor.
And the editor of this book needs to be fired! There were full stops where commas should be and commas where full stops should be, the use of exclamations in the most awkward moments and some things that were pointless overwriting.
Example: "...He whispered, his voice low." Um, well if someone is whispering, obviously it's in a low voice.
Or, ""Sheridan! Are you up?" he chuckled in a low voice." I simply don't understand how he could me exclaiming and chuckling in a low voice all at once.
Or, "...it struck me that I hadn't been this nervous when I lost my virginity the first time." Um, how many times can you lose your virginity?
All these this could have dealt with by a GOOD editor.
I wanted to give this book two stars but because there were parts in it that really had me laughing my face off, I decided to give it three.
As I said this book did not work for me, it obviously worked for others. But I was bored, waiting with bated breath for the conflict that never came.Reading this book became a chore and at about 70% of the book I was highly impatient for Grace to leave for New York so the book could end. When everyone else was all sad that Grace was leaving, I was shouting "Hallelujah!"
You can guess that I won't be following up on the series.
Some of my fave quotes.(There were quite a few, but I forgot to highlight):
"I knew that I could handle it, I could be a professional. A proffesional that wanted to remove his balls and wear them as earrings."
"When I saw him laughing, I jiggled my chest at him. He was mesmerised instantly. Now that I knew the girls had so much power over him, I would be using them more often. "Eyes up here, Hamilton...my rule?" I dragged his focus back."
"I tell you what, though. You give mama a few minutes to recover here, and then it is on, Johnny Bite Down."
""How the hell did you land Jack Hamilton?"..."First of all, I did not 'land' anything. Nothing has been landed on, no one is landing anything..."
I first read Wallbanger and really loved it. Though, its sequel disappointed me. I never intend to read this book; an older woman wasn't my cup of tea. But when it was on sale I decided to give it a chance. I'm so glad, because I didn't like it.
From the start, it was okay. Though, the more I read the more I started to get irritated. The author tried too hard to make it witty and funny. Created new words; it worked with Wallbanger, but not this time. Many banters were like an inside joke. I often didn't get it. Name calling was annoying. Some scenes were tedious. I didn't need to know every single thing Grace did, like when she cooked. It was boring. And what did 'That's what she said' mean? They used this phase a lot. I didn't get it. Did I miss something? I skimmed after 50%.
One of the scenes that bugged me is, Holly brought Michael, the object of Grace's broken heart, to her home to hash thing out. The home where the current sort of Grace's boyfriend sleeping at the moment? Was it a plot convenient? It didn't make sense and add anything up. Would you do that to your best friend?
I didn't even surprised when Michael appeared at the hotel. Not to mention he helped her bring her luggage to her room. Then Jack called and Michael spoke while she was on the phone to make his presence known. Please, enough with the jealousy attempt.
There was no chemistry between Grace and Jack. I was bored. Even sex scene made me bored. And lost count after 17?! Be realistic. I found out later that all these times, they hadn't even had sex, yet. It was like the author made Grace, including us, wait for the moment. It was dragged.
I'm not going to read the sequels.
I found myself drawn to Grace immediately upon starting to read this one. I loved her sassiness, how strong and determined she was and, as is often the case with Alice's books, her amazing inner dialogue. It was easy to identify with some of her own issues from her past and I really just liked who she was in the present. Did I want her to maybe be a little more serious when it came to her feelings about Jack sometimes? Sure. (I think he wanted that as well.) But, that's just who she was. I suspect things might change on that front a little in the second book, so I won't get ahead of myself.
Jack was so darn swoony I could barely stand it. Hot. British. Nine years younger than Grace. Up and coming actor. Sex god. (Or maybe oral sex god?) I just flat out adored him. And it was obvious from the start that he adored Grace. I loved their banter; it frequently left me literally laughing out loud. He was mature beyond his years, you know, being only 24 and all. Sometimes he seemed more mature than Grace, honestly. He's on the cusp of breaking out HUGE in Hollywood, but it's not gone to his head. He was just about the perfect book boyfriend. The fact that he was a little dirty talker – who definitely backed up his words – didn't hurt, either.
I'm always slightly skeptical when there's a big age difference between a man and a woman in books, particularly if the woman is older because women mature more quickly than men (blah blah blah), but I never had that issue with Jack and Grace. They were so perfectly suited it almost hurt at times. They had it all together: real emotions, witty banter, passion, an understanding of each other's careers and a connection you just couldn't deny. The age difference really wasn't even a thing – as long as Grace stayed out of her own head. Of course, nothing is perfect and every relationship has some bumps. Here those were mostly caused by them having to (try to) keep their relationship on the down low and away from the paparazzi. (You know, Jack's career and all... it wouldn't look good for him to be in a relationship right now.) But they managed to get some alone time. (Oh, did they ever. Sometimes with a pretty much unrealistic amount of sexy times. But I'm not mad.)
I really enjoyed this book. I went through all the emotions and had some pretty strong feels at the end. There is a bit of a cliffhanger, but it's not a particularly painful one. (I don't even know that it's really a cliffhanger. Things just aren't finished in the first book.) Which, of course, meant that I felt a burning need to jump straight into the second book last night before bed. I don't regret it. Much. I just wish I could've finished it, but sleep was necessary. (Still, I'm struggling a little today, but I had to get this review out!) But, I digress. Back to the book. Jack and Grace were just wonderful together. They made me smile, laugh and blush. I loved following along with their story and look forward to getting the rest of it as I continue my series binge tonight and into the weekend.
I kinda hate that this book, awesome as it was, has just been sitting on my bookshelves for well over a year. (Maybe even closer to two?!) But I'm glad I decided to pick it up now. It was just the read I needed and it'll be fun to binge the rest of the series without any wait between books. If you have this one on your shelves, I suggest you pick it up. If you don't, add it to your wishlist if you're a fan of funny, hot and sweet romance. You won't be sorry.