Just One More Page BPC: August 14 – Overrated Book I’m hopeful that one of these will finally make me a fan. I have tried multiple of her series and nothing has left me blown away *ducks* I’m in the minority, I know.
I have read so much Kristen Ashley and I hate/love her. I hate to love her. I love to hate her. I keep going back and reading more! Her heroes are often jerks who never redeem themselves. Her writing style is ~unique~. Many of her series are repetitive (Rock Chick, I’m looking at you). So don’t worry, I think she is a very divisive writer.
So your CEO father is sending a PR expert to “review” your company, except your father is kind of a scumbag out to get you so this all reeks of a set up. You just happen to catch the eye of a sexy brunette at the bar and you find yourself having one incredible, no strings, anonymous hookup the night before the PR dude is coming to ruin everything. Then you go to work the next day and the PR guy shows up except he is a SHE and YOU SLEPT WITH HER LAST NIGHT.
Whoa, guys, how much fun is that intro? The characters meet, have wicked amazing sex, then discover they have to work together, juggling private agendas and personal desires and insecurities the whole time. And you know what is even better? Both the hero and the heroine were competent and good at their jobs even while feeling the sexy, sexy attraction. They both had issues and problems to overcome, both external and internal. It wasn’t just some billionaire hunk ordering the weak heroine to get over herself in the name of luurve– both had compelling issues to overcome. The emotional journey to a happy ending was just as satisfying as the sexual one. 4 stars.
I just finished a romance novel where the rape scene was even more explicit, longer and more detailed than the consensual lovemaking scene. And it’s just left me feeling sad and frustrated.
The author warned that the book contained an explicit rape scene in the description so it’s not like I got blindsided. I guess it’s just that the happy ending and the overall love story felt a little robbed by the sheer number of words dedicated to such a horrible experience.
How much detail is too much detail? How gritty and realistic do we want our stories to be? I’ve panned romance novels that literally torture the characters only to have them rebound and fall into bed in the next chapter. But this time around, the reading experience felt voyeristic, like I was complicit.
It’s not like there’s a formula for any of this. But the amount of time spent on detailing the heroine’s suffering just didn’t get redeemed by the rest of the novel. It feels like internalized misogyny, right? Like a special kind of hatred for women where the expression of her pain is more important than that of any pleasure.
I’m hoping to finish The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. It’s been slow going (I think I’ve been picking away at it for two months now). It’s a little light on plot and we all know how much I love plot. But the reviews say it picks up in the second half so fingers crossed.
I’m finishing my re-read of the Kate Daniels series. And then I’m gonna go big for Pride with a bunch of queer romances like Lucy Lennox’s Wilde Fire (firefighter boyfriends!) and Jae’s Falling Hard (opposites attract with forced proximity!).
She’s his BFF’s fireball sister-in-law, & he’s a shy, virgin, Football player with a big ol’ crush.
Name That Trope:
He Loves Her But She’s ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ About Him
Bearded, Man-Bun-Having Jason Momoa hero + Outspoken Tinkerbell heroine
Temporary houseguests = forced proximity
Long distance relationship FEEEEEEEELINGS!
Heroine with an identity crisis
What part made you fangirl squeal:
When our hero Dex worked his infant-magic and, among other things, wore a chest babysling to carry his nephew?!?!?! My ass went Fangirl 9000 over this baby-whisperer gender role reversal!
When Fiona fucking OWNED her backstabbing co-worker. I’m so here for women standing up to toxic women.
Literally every single time our man was putty at Fiona’s feet; HE WAS HER SEXY HAPPY-PUPPY!
The fact that we got a black! gay! football player! When our straight hero shared playful, flirty banter with him because Dex’s masculinity isn’t toxic, fragile, OR homophobic!? I lived.
How immediately after the One And Only Time hero-hottie majorly fucked up, he owns his fuck up with a genuine, real-ass apology!
FUCK YOU, ME, FOR MAKING ME PICK!
Fiona: Diminutive in size, big in personality! Voices her thirst and her thoughts whenever she feels like it! Is bold! Has Issues™ and opinions! Kicks creative ass!
Dex: Big in size, quiet in personality! Has secret lust and keeps his thoughts to himself! Is restrained! Has Feelings ™ and thirst! Is a secret photorealist painter!
How smexy was the smex?
EXPLODES OVARIES! COMES FOR YOUR LUST! IS HOT!!!! Seriously, this book does it all.
There’s everything from 1st-kiss-turned-public-dry-hump-fun [followed by Dex shutting down Fuck Boys], to a fingerbang session [followed by Dex grinding his horniness against the counter while fixing Fiona breakfast in post-orgasmic bed], to dirty talk, to outdoor beard-on-titty action!
Also did I mention Mr Sensitive Soul Dex has two Frenum piercings?!?! A BITCH WASN’T READY!
Whose Line Is It Anyway:
”Some guys are alpha dogs, snarling and snapping. Dex is more like a silverback gorilla, quietly going about his business until something pisses him off and he gives a warning.”
Dex: God, I love the way you smell.
Fiona: And how do I smell?
Dex: Like happy dreams and well-fucked woman.
“Life is like some messed-up game of Boggle, it shakes us all up and we land where we fall.”
Fiona: I’m just not used to waving my own flag about stuff like that.
Dex: You don’t have to wave your own flag anymore, Fi. That’s my job now. My privilege.
Got any bitching to do?
Yeah. The book ended. So rude, what the fuck?!
Visually Depict Yo Book Feels:
Famous last words:
The Game Plan is a book where neither a synopsis nor a review will do the novel justice. A lot of what sells this crackalicious story are either spoilers, or the simplicity of being in Dex and Fiona’s heads.
But! If you like cinnamon bun heroes with a dirty mouth? If you love force-of-nature heroines struggling with life goals? If you enjoy emotionally driven stories that wreck you in the best way?
Well, my awesome fellow human, then you want this book!
The Beast Boudreaux stops by for dinner at Bianca Hardwick’s restaurant, where she just so happens to have developed an entire menu around Boudreaux bourbon. He’s incredibly rude, Bianca doesn’t eat shit for anyone, he threatens to sue, Bianca kicks him out, and lo and behold, they get fake engaged. Well, a lot of stuff happens in between but you get the picture.
Jackson is a beast on the outside, and a real emotional mess on the inside. He’s crusty and short tempered and quick to snap. He’s damaged by his past and not willing to let anyone in. Until Bianca. She takes him to task for his behavior, sasses him back and let’s him have it when he pushes her too far, and god bless him, he loves it. Because on the inside, Jackson is a teddy bear. He’s a good man. And he can’t help but do right by Bianca, even as he swears and pretends it’s all for show. And Bianca is no slouch, either! She’s tough and funny and devoted to her family and friends. I really loved watching these two characters circle each other and come together. 5 stars.
I just finished a romance novel in which our hero goes to undress our heroine for a little morning nookie and finds her in sexy red lingerie. She says, “I was too tired to take it off last night”
Excuse me, what now? Too tired? Too tired to take off your bra? Unbelievable, totally unrealistic, fake news. Everyone knows the first thing you do when you get home is take. Off. Your. Bra. I don’t care if you climbed to the top of Machu Picchu and back down or you gave birth to and raised 12 children in one day, you’re sick, you’re tired, you died and came back to life, you take off your bra.