What I didn't realize when I picked up this copy of the book, is that it also included the prequel novella Let You Leave which was such a good beginniWhat I didn't realize when I picked up this copy of the book, is that it also included the prequel novella Let You Leave which was such a good beginning to the story. Unfortunately, the novel itself was lacking.
As I read my way through the first third of the book - which ended up being the aforementioned novella - I was in love. Layla is suffering from PTSD after the death of her parents and has been home schooled for the past few years after suffering an embarrassing seizure in front of her classmates. She is determined to finish out her high school career in a public school, but no one will let her forget her episode. She's shunned and ostracized until Landen O'Brien, a new kid from Colorado, looks at her and see her. The relationship they form is sweet, chaste, and they manage fall in love without any physical bonds between them. But the other shoe is always ready to drop, and when Landen has to move back to Colorado he devastates Layla in the process. The novella had so many feels, and although I was confused at the abrupt ending when I realized it was a novella, I was looking forward to the rest of the story.
I was so disappointed. The novel itself opens on Layla's first week at college, she has moved across the country in an attempt to take back her life and not be defined by her condition. She is shocked to find Landen among her peers. He's not there by coincidence, but those secrets will come later.
I, on the other hand, was shocked to find Landen's attitude so changed. His POV chapters read like a horny frat boy (a term I don't use loosely, being part of Greek life in college and not at all liking the connotations that go with the slag term "frat"). While he spent his time in the novella feeling protective over Layla, he spends his time in the novel getting drunk and getting in fights over other guys speaking to her. It felt like a complete turn around and it took me off guard.
While the novella was rated PG, the novel jumps up to NC-17 almost immediately. There was a heavier dose of teen angst in the novel, I spent half the time wanting to yell at each of them to spit it out already. It seemed like all the legitimate struggles they faced in their family lives in the novella were replaced with stupid misunderstandings because they wouldn't just tell each other how completely in love they were. It really ruined the romance I felt from the novella. Overall, quite disappointed in the novel itself....more
In His Corner was just shy of literally everything I hate about romance novels.
Tommy is supposed to be a macho boxer, an alpha male. But he's a arrogIn His Corner was just shy of literally everything I hate about romance novels.
Tommy is supposed to be a macho boxer, an alpha male. But he's a arrogant, naive 22-year old who comes across like a 13 year old boy who understands nothing about relationships. He's supposed to be well disciplined, purposely putting aside his love/sex live in favor of his training, only to fall head over heels over the heroine of our story within the first chapter. His father left him at a young age, while his mother suffered from lung cancer as a product of his father's second hand smoke. He's rough, uncultured, uses uncouth words like dude and babe, and doesn't know how to dress.
The heroine is his total opposite. She was raised in New York, daughter of a lawyer and a doctor. She apparently went to college at the ripe old age of 16 because at 26 she has had 10 years of schooling and is an ER doctor - I'm pretty sure that doesn't happen in real life. She loves art, classical music, clothing with expensive labels and never sleeps with someone she doesn't love.
This book is the first time I have every felt exceptionally squicky about the state of consensual relations. Siena gives him permission, very early on in their relationship, to never ask her permission again. He throws this line back at her midway through the book when she's clearly upset with him, and I almost stopped reading right there.
There was a moment or two in this book that could have been sweet, but aside from that there was nothing romantic about it. It was two spoiled brats trying to change each other, realizing they couldn't, and having lots of sex regardless. Oh, the things I'll read for a team challenge......more