I pretty much knew this was going to be a let down when it opened with Mitch admitting that once a week he hangs outside all night in his car watchingI pretty much knew this was going to be a let down when it opened with Mitch admitting that once a week he hangs outside all night in his car watching Skylar in her apartment. Is this supposed to make us swoon? And then upon finding out what he's been doing, Skylar's all "Hey, want to come inside for a few?" Um...
I couldn't get into their story. It was too up and down and all over the place. I also thought it was terrible that Skylar cheated on her fiance. The characters are just cookie cutter - I feel like I've read about them before and I probably have because erotic fiction seems rife with them.
And how perfect is it that Mitch's autistic son can connect with Skylar? I never saw that one coming!
These books are like Chinese food: It satisfies a craving in that moment and then an hour later I'm hungry for something with substance. ...more
Every once in a while I get in the mood for an over-the-top story with characters I can't relate to and walk the line of liking and hating. SometimesEvery once in a while I get in the mood for an over-the-top story with characters I can't relate to and walk the line of liking and hating. Sometimes I want to read a book with epic misunderstandings and a hero that is pretty interchangeable with other heavily inked and muscled bad boys with the heart of gold. An alpha male who has women literally throwing themselves at him every time he leaves the goddamn house and somehow go completely mental over him even after just meeting him. I suppose this is the only way to show how loyal they are to the woman they're obsessed with? The temptation is there, but they would never actually go through with sex with another woman because of how committed they are. Oh, but they'll flirt and let some random chick they met in a bar in their apartment? I mean, really? REALLY? When that scene came I thought - oh, and Nina will walk in at some point and see this, jump to conclusions, the hero will be tortured...
Then there is his situation. No. Just no. You know what, if a guy loved a woman as much as Jake was supposed to love Nina, then as bad as he might feel for Ivy, he wouldn't go out there every weekend to see her. What killed me the most was how he makes her promise to never leave him even though he hasn't told her about Ivy yet and then gets upset and feels all abandoned when she finds out he's effing married! Come on, Jake. That's a pretty hefty pill to swallow and I cannot fault her for ANY of that.
In fact, I felt like the heroine had to apologize for a lot - her reaction to finding out he's married, how she feels about him taking care of Ivy, her postpartum depression, how she felt seeing him with some random chick in his effing apartment. All of these things she reacted to were normal things for her to react to, but the writing was set up so we felt just oh so sorry for Jake and wished Ivy would just be with him because of how he loves her so much. If Ivy was my friend I would NOT show up at his house and punch him in the face like Skylar did, because who the hell does that, but I WOULD strongly advise her to run for the hills.
At times I felt like I was reading a book about high school kids rather than adults. And the amount of times Jake melted down...Jesus. Doesn't he have some tribal tattoos he can look at to calm the hell down?
The other thing is why the hell do these books always have these supermodel characters? Why are they all gorgeous? Why do the women have to have big boobs that the hero obsesses over? Why does the guy have to always be just so hot that women are willing to make fools of themselves over him? It's just not real and frankly, I have a hard time connecting with characters that are described this way. I don't want to read about Barbie. Oh, but wait. Barbie has phobias to make her a little less than perfect. Please. And Jake loves bananas and is really good at math so he's wicked smart and has a quirk! See how human he really is?
I'm pretty sure the rave reviews on here have to do with the fact that theoretically women want a guy like Jake. But, he doesn't exist. And quite frankly, if he did? I don't think they'd want him after all....more
I'm not sure if I was supposed to find this retelling of "Wuthering Heights" as hilarious as I did. I'm sure I was supposed to feel aroused and "titilI'm not sure if I was supposed to find this retelling of "Wuthering Heights" as hilarious as I did. I'm sure I was supposed to feel aroused and "titillated",but I actually found myself rolling my eyes at a few scenes.
I've always thought Heathcliff was a bit of a bastard - that you can't help but love - however, the women in this book don't just love him, they effing LUST after him. HARD. Like serious hard. And no, that is not a pun involving Heathcliff's and I almost quote "horse like cock". Apparently his considerable endowments make him near but impossible to resist. I get where the author is coming from. If any literary character is going to be into BDSM, it's be Heathcliff hands down. And the woman women in this book are definitely reduced to being his subs.
One scene sticks out particularly for me: Heathcliff visited Cathy at the Linton's and then goes outside and just randomly starts working on the lattice. Um...why? It's not his estate to do crap on! But wait - this is to show the ladies (including the readers) that Heathcliff is ever so muscular and strong and virile and...into water sports? Or are the ladies into it because I'm not sure which is the case when Heathcliff effing PEES ON THE LATTICE AFTER.
I'm sure Bronte was not in her grave thinking, "I totes should have thought of that!"
I'm not a Wuthering Heights purist - I'm okay with straying from canon. But, seriously, HE PEED ON THE LATTICE AND THE GIRLS GOT OFF ON IT. ...more