1.75 star So I don't like 2nd chance love stories. And this was another example of why. All sense of wonder, new discovery and milestones a couple hit1.75 star So I don't like 2nd chance love stories. And this was another example of why. All sense of wonder, new discovery and milestones a couple hit when they get to know each other and fall in love the first time are completely taken out of the story so you are only given sporadic second hand information of the couple's shared history which happened off the page. Where is the fun in that? Nowhere.
Only reason I made myself read this was because I want to read Book 3 and I was worried I would miss something important if I skipped this one. I liked Maverick just fine, he's sweet and funny and went great lengths to take care of Alexa. Alexa was fine too, she had her stupid moments but she didn't irritate me through the entire story like I thought she would. But the whole plot and pacing of this was insanely convoluted and hard to even suspend belief for 5 minutes to enjoy. The heroine is engaged to a wealthy prominent billionaire Grant Slater who has the personality of American Psycho behind closed doors. I will say Laura Kaye was very good at painting a realistic portrait of an abusive manipulative relationship. A little too good. Jesus. Which is why the first 11 chapters of this book are straight up miserable hell fire and makes you want to break out in hives at how accurate an abusive controlling relationship was portrayed. If you are easily triggered then don't read this. I felt like I was reading excerpts from Sleeping with the Enemy. 😩
My issue starts off with what went down in Chapter 10, her loving fiance (view spoiler)[ rapes her in their bathroom and she carries on afterwards thinking it's fine and still wants to go through with the wedding (no matter how shook up and disturbed she is over that incident in her gut). It isn't until they have a big blow up fight a few days later where Grant physically throws her out of their house in the middle of a storm, at night, that she gives him the proverbial "fuck you" and finally leaves his ass.
(hide spoiler)] Now you're probably thinking that incident in the bathroom was my final 'oh hell no' moment. Well, no. It's actually what happens after she leaves him that just screeched the tires to an abrupt halt into WTFville.
A day after Alexa leaves Grant (and 3 days after he rapes her) she sleeps with the hero Maverick.
And no, not one of those 'this can only happen for one night, make me feel good' moments of emotional upheaval. No. I'm talking 'Heeeey boo. I've always wanted you, I was wrong to break it off 5 years ago, please baby fuck me good with your glorious dick. Give it to me good' spread eagle moments.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too fast.
I don't care how well the hero and heroine have known each other, that's a bullshit excuse to pull this. When you are dealing with a traumatized character who has been physically abused they need time and space to heal. I was hoping this book would cover a few months like the first book did but for some bizarre reason Kaye chose to rush the most important part of the plot along. Which makes no sense. If that was the case, these 2 should have gotten a novella instead. Cause she certainly didn't use the extra pages to her advantage IMO.
So after that wham-bam moment, it's pretty much fluffy dialogue tossed between the hero and heroine to the point it's repetitively boring. So boring I felt like this took me 2 months to finish. Cause boy, did it draaaaaaag. You rely your whole plot around an abusive ex as the villain and yet 70% of the story nothing major happens except the hero and heroine rehashing and thinking the same things over and over again. And the hero doing sweet things for her cause he already knows what she likes. (See? Not exciting) And I felt Maverick was a written a little too perfect for my tastes that it bordered on cheesy fanfic. That and the nonstop swearing. It was starting to make me twitch and remind of those awful trilogies where the macho alpha hero is cursing up a storm while he's drilling into his lady or reassuring her how "fucking perfect" the heroine is all the time. I get it. I don't need to see it on every page.
Oh and if you are going to take it there? Take it all the way. Label it. The fact that Maverick never found out that Alexa's crazy ex raped her I found surprising & a missed opportunity. He deserved to go after him just for that. Or the fact that Alexa never verbally or mentally acknowledged what he did. She never labeled it, just admitted "it was wrong". And when I came across this bit of dialogue near the end I found it interesting? to say the least:
Never in a million years would she have thought Grant would get that violent . . . or twisted. And who knew what more he would’ve done if Maverick and the guys hadn’t shown up?
Uuuuh...seriously? He raped you. And obviously tried to do it again here if the calvary hadn't showed up when they did. Come on. A man tackles you to the ground, forces his body on top of yours, forcibly kisses you and grinds against you, wtf do you think it was leading to Alexa? It's not cute to be this obtuse and shocked when you clearly already know what this person is capable of.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Not the greatest reading year for me. Had major reading slumps and going through one now. I really hope I'm not falling out of love with readin*sigh*
Not the greatest reading year for me. Had major reading slumps and going through one now. I really hope I'm not falling out of love with reading. Gosh, I hope not. Hoping 2018 is better. In all aspects of life.
I didn't participate in this year's Goodreads "Readers Choice" Awards for a reason. So I'm going to be giving out awards of my own.