Moral of the story: I like having sex way more than I like reading about it.
I had so many issues with this book. SO MANY BLOOD BOILING ISSUES. And, asMoral of the story: I like having sex way more than I like reading about it.
I had so many issues with this book. SO MANY BLOOD BOILING ISSUES. And, as a self professed feminist, I found it offensive for a variety of reasons. Ugh, just thinking about Jack makes me want to punch something.. Or take a cold shower. So here goes!
I love sex. I fully support consenting sex in all forms INCLUDING BDSM - whatever gets you going is fine by me. What I don't support is the idea that if you don't have an appetite for kink or if you sometimes (or all the time) like to be made love to rather than just fucked then you're boring and ordinary and your orgasms might be okay but they'll never make you 'break into a thousand pieces' or whatever other cheesy line the protagonist used about 10 thousand times. Um, speak for yourself and yourself ONLY sister! Just like body positivity involves people of ALL shapes and sized, sexual positivity is about being inclusive of all tastes and preferences. An example of this essential sex shaming is found in the scene where the 'couple' (and I use that term loosely) decided to try more missionary sex. Lo and behold, it's an epic fail and the reasoning behind this was apparently because the protagonist was denying what she really wanted bla bla bla, as though no one can enjoy more than one type of sex or ever be in the mood for anything different. What actually happened was the male lead threw his toys out of the plan when our MC went against him and was purposely cold, indifferent and lackluster when trying her preference rather than his own. I doubt many women would have a mindblowing orgasm if their partner refused to look at or talk to them whilst they have their fingers inside you...
Which brings me neatly on to - the male love interest\love story. Let me be clear on my opinion from the start. This is NOT a love story. Jack is NOT in love with Morgan. Sex is important in a relationship but so is respect, caring, kindness, warmth, laughter, mutual interests etc etc. I could go on for hours about all the vital qualities that the depicted relationship just didn't have. Jack was aggressive - physically, verbally and passively - possessive, jealous, manipulative and controlling.. And that's OUTSIDE of the sexual aspect of their relationship. I get that this book is an erotic romance, fine. But just as the erotic aspect didn't have a romantic focus, the romantic aspect shouldn't have had a predominately erotic focus either. Maybe the author wanted Jack to come across as an insensitive bastard but don't make me read about him being hard every time he sees Morgan, even when she's upset and\or vulnerable and then expect me to believe in and root for his supposed devotion. To be honest I found their coupling borderline abusive.
And finally, I just REALLY hated the blatent and frequent displays of gender inequality within the language and behaviours of all the characters. The male MC uses terms such as 'claiming' (among many others) in reference to dating Morgan and there's so many incidences where she is not listened to and what she wants isn't respected either because Jack doesn't think she is capable of taking care of herself or because he thinks that he knows what is best for her more than she does. Plus about 100 occasions where the author harps on about how small and fragile and teeeeeny weeny tiny she is.. So of course she needs a big strong man to provide some brawn, and also make all her decisions for her, because gosh darnnit, she's just a silly lil lady! *rolls eyes until they almost fall out of my head*...more