*This review was edited because it was lacking in good points versus bad. I aim for balance and honesty in my reviews and I stand by my words. This is...more*This review was edited because it was lacking in good points versus bad. I aim for balance and honesty in my reviews and I stand by my words. This is solely my opinion and may not coincide with others' views.*
I really wanted to get into this story, but I took issue with the serious lack of editing. The tense switched constantly, there were missing, misspelled, and misused words, which I can normally overlook, but there were just too many and it affected the readability for me.
While the story started off strong, with Sophia looking for more than her navy blue life and Kayden searching for nothing more than a little fun, it fell short for me when they finally meet and experience insta-love. It just didn't fit with the Kayden we get to know. I would have liked to see that part developed a little more.
The problems continued when the author inserted moments of filler to further the storyline. There were many, many instances when Sophia or Kayden would mention something that we, the reader, had no idea happened, and then explain it away. This happens with sexual play, meeting old friends, and more. It was as though the author walked away for a bit and when she came back, she decided to head in a different direction and used a quick summary of events to explain it away. I wasn't buying. While that is okay in some instances, I would have rather experienced the majority of those scenes rather than simply being told they happened and made to accept it as truth.
Finally, Kayden's issues were something that I think worked fairly well, but I didn't enjoy the back and forth I-want-to-be-there-for-him-and-care-for-him-because-I-love-him to I-don't-think-I-can-handle-his-issues-right-now-so-he'll-have-to-do-it-himself crap that Sophia bounced between when his problems came to light.
(view spoiler)[Kayden's alcoholism was such a concern for Sophia and a life-altering problem for him, and yet, whenever he "asked" permission to drink, Sophia excused it away because he'd had a tough day or because he wanted to have fun with his friends. She even drove him to get booze once. What woman, who is as concerned as she is supposed to be, would deliberately assist the man she loved in harming himself? This made me furious, because she was not only and enabler, she was a huge part of the problem. But this was skirted over entirely. (hide spoiler)]
The stuff I liked: As I mentioned before, the beginning was great. It was different from other books that I have read and it was cute they way they came together. Also, the sex was hot and plentiful. I've never been to "NOLA" before, but from what was described, it aligns with what I have seen of it in the media and it sounded like someplace I would like to visit one day.
Again, I have to say, I REALLY wanted to enjoy this book, but it just didn't do it for me. As it stands, I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending it to my friends.