My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First things first … I never thought that I would hate the words condom and lube.
I am having a serious love/hate relationship with this book. I like the story as a whole but I am so disliking the heroine. Lana is just really, really negative … about herself, the hero, her life … just everything. Every time there is some negative observation on her part, as the reader, I just get more frustrated and pissed off. That’s just it, there is so much negativity and self-hate that it even resonates in the intimate scenes between the main characters. Actually, the intimate scenes weren't that appealing and seemed to be space fillers.
Our heroine, Lana is dealing with loss and abandonment issues. Not to mention, a gold digging opportunistic mother. As mentioned before, Lana is dealing with the loss of her father and soon after the love of her life. Since the two must important people in her life are gone, Lana becomes consumed with the idea that every negative thing that she has ever encountered is her fault. If everything is her fault, then naturally she is deserving of any ill treatment that comes her way. This aspect of her character was sad and irritating all at the same time. The reader spends over 90% of the book having to deal with her constant negativity and self doubt.
Jarek Dean, the male lead for this tale is okay with the typical good looks of most leading males. While reading, the reader never really had a chance to gain his point of view. A lot of the encounters between the two leads was very one-sided; the heroine is in her head about how hurt she is and the hero is silent or getting the lube. The best part of the book was saved for last. The drama between Lana and her mother or Lana and her older sister really gained my interest. . Honestly, I would have loved to see more of these interactions because seriously mom is a real piece of work.
Though the heroine isn't my favorite, the author didn't a good job of getting me involved with the main character, even though I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes and thinking not again with this is my fault or this is what I deserve.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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