Kevin, husband and millionaire, succumbs to the beauty of Rachael, working girl and heroin addict. So begins their affair.
(I received this book, fromKevin, husband and millionaire, succumbs to the beauty of Rachael, working girl and heroin addict. So begins their affair.
(I received this book, from the author, in exchange for my honest review. Please be aware, before reading further, that this review contains spoilers.)
We all know it's difficult, not to mention stressful, to push out that very first novel and reach satisfaction with the finished product. We may even have hopes and dreams that from that milestone it'll be smooth sailing, but it's never that simple, especially with self-publishing. Sure, it's easy to self-publish these days, which I sincerely believe to be a good thing, but just because it's easy, doesn't mean you shouldn't pull out all the stops along the way. Admittedly I'm guilty of rushing out an unfinished piece in the past, as the temptation to bypass certain elements was too great and I felt desperate for the wrong reasons. I truly believe Heroin Love to be something unfinished and I think a lot more time should've been spent on it, because there's a lot of issues that just can't be overlooked. The blurb was interesting indeed and the cover pretty, I was certainly optimistic. It could've worked well, but it didn't.
For an apparent self-made millionaire, Kevin was ridiculously stupid, immature and selfish. He continuously ignored responsibilities from both his work and family, complained too much about being unappreciated (even though his wife had to look after the five children every day) and thought more with the little brain located between his legs. I don't think I've ever came across such a unlikeable character, at least not on that level, to the point I wanted to give up reading completely. He even supposedly fell in love with a prostitute after spending a minimal amount of time with her. It also didn't take much convincing for him to have sex with that prostitute in the first place, or to abandon his family and buy a new home with his heroin-addicted mistress after what seemed like five minutes. Okay, yes, I'm ranting, but it was just so absurd; this was supposed to be a hard-working, intelligent man that loved his wife and children.
None of the other characters made much of an impression either, thus I didn't particularly like any of them, not even Megan who continued to sleep with her husband even after she discovered his ongoing affair with a hooker. I mean, for goodness sake, Kevin didn't even use protection every time they had sex (STI's anyone?). I just unfortunately couldn't get my head around anything that happened in this story; it felt too unrealistic and unbelievable.
One major thing that made no sense whatsoever and bothered me to no end, was the incident where Kevin mysteriously fainted for three days. This was not explained, at all. Nobody faints, or becomes unconscious for three days, then gets up and continues their life like nothing happened, because they would be dead, simple as, due to the lack of oxygenated blood to the brain. Even if he hit his head, there would be health issues afterward. Please, God please, if you want time to pass quickly for your character, don't include something that's not humanly possible.
Perhaps reworked, with the spelling and grammar properly edited, this would've been a good story. I wouldn't exactly put it under "erotica" or "romance", because it just didn't convey either well enough.