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Screwed, by Kendall Ryan

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I have one rule: Don’t shit where you eat.

Several of the women in the condo complex I own would love some one-on-one playtime, and why wouldn’t they? I’m young, fit, attractive, and loaded. Not to mention I’m packing a sizable bulge below the belt. It’s a combination that drops panties on a regular basis.

Yay, me, right?

But my cock, troublemaker that he is, has been confined to my trousers by my business partner. A concession I agreed to, and one that’s never been hard to enforce until Emery moves in across the hall. She’s smart, young, determined, and sexy as hell. I want a taste. I won’t stop until I’m buried deep inside the succulent new-in-town brunette.

After being warned about my past, she does her best to steer clear, but I’m about to show her that underneath it all, I’m a guy with a heart of gold and a cock of steel.

My name is Hayden Oliver, and this is my story.

SCREWED is standalone romantic comedy by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

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“I’m screwed – completely and utterly screwed. And not in the fun way.”

Mmmm. I guess I would give it 2.5 stars. I actually started by giving it 3 stars but if I follow the rating on GR, then my feelings about this book equal 2, but I think just 2 stars is a little harsh.

“Fuck. Why did we wait so long to do that?”
(…)
“Because we’re friends?” I suggest helpfully.
“Right. Totally. I’d say now we’re more like best friends.”
“Besties.” I almost choke on the word. Why is my heart clenching in my chest?”

What to say about Screwed. Well, for one, this book is that it’s an easy read. It’s short, sweet and light. Now, it won’t win any awards for originality, but it serves its purpose, which is to entertain. And it did entertain me.

“What are we doing?” I ask him, not meaning for it to sound like a plea.
“Being friends,” he replies. His breath puffs over my lips, and I almost shiver. “Why do you ask?”
“Because friends don’t usually get erections for each other, do they?” I retort without any real force, bumping my hip into the large ridge in his shorts. Friends also don’t get soaking -wet panties, for that matter.”

Hayden and Emery were fun together and I liked that they didn’t fall in bed right away. And I enjoyed the banter between them a lot.

“Her gaze drops to the front of my pants. “I have a big dick ahead of me,” she says, and her cheeks flame bright red. “I mean a big day. Day,” she repeats.”

But I have to say, it didn’t exactly make my heart beat faster. A lot of things about this book made me think of the word flat. I know, it probably doesn’t make much sense. I’ll explain:

– Emery and Hayden, even though they were enjoyable characters ended up being a little paper thin for me. Emery’s funny, but I don’t have the feeling that I know her, what kind of person she is. I know that she likes to work and that she is intelligent. She likes yoga. She’s a vegetarian and had lousy boyfriends. But that doesn’t tell me what kind of person she is.
Same thing for Hayden, but in his case, I feel like I know even less. He’s good with kids, loves his family, had a relationship that ended badly and he has a 9 inch cock and knows where the G spot is. But that’s pretty much it.
I couldn’t, for the life of me, tell you what kind of characters they are. I can’t gush over them, because even after reading a book that focuses on those two, I still feel like I don’t know them.

“I’m not looking for something deeper. I have a luxury condo in the heart of the Hollywood Hills, drive a new BMW, and possess a nine-inch cock.”

– Like I said, I was entertained and I enjoyed the sexual tension between Hayden and Emery, but…I don’t know, the fact that I wasn’t rooting for them, that I wasn’t frustrated when Hayden messed up or scared that Emery wouldn’t forgive him easily, or the fact that my heartbeat stayed flat when Emery was heartbroken or when Hayden finally told her why he acted like a douche, it all left me feeling a little blah about the story and the book. I never felt like I was being sucked into the story or like I was a part of it.

“You broke up with a girl for farting?”
“Indeed,” I confirm.
“That wasn’t love, then.”
“How do you know?”
Hudson shakes his head. “Because when you’re in love, and your woman feels comfortable enough to do that in front of you, you’ll think it’s cute.”

There were sweet moments like when Hayden is with his family or when he realizes his in love with Emery; but again, it felt more like I was seeing things happen from a distance, not like I was living it. I felt very detached from all that was happening. Which is, I think, why my ticker didn’t really going crazy when things went south or when Hayden and Emery finally got over their hang-ups and gave in to their attraction for each other.

“There’s no way I’m letting her go… After all, I’ll never find another girl with cuter farts.”

It kind of sad because I can’t say that I didn’t like this book, but the fact that I felt so detached from it disappoints me. I wish the story would have made me care more, would have gotten me more involved into the story and the characters’ lives. But it didn’t. So even though it’s far from being bad, it’s not exactly good either. I hope Kendal Ryan will do better with the spin-off novella of Screwed, Monster Prick. I’m actually curious about what’s cooking between Hudson and Gracie.

“How’s your sister?” he asks out of the blue.(…)
I shrug. “Gracie’s Gracie.”
(…) Hudson nods once, effectively ending that weird conversation. Okay then.”

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Cocky Bastard, by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

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From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.

A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.

When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.

My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.
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“What’s C.B. stand for anyway?”
“Those are my initials.”
“Let me guess…Cocky Bastard.”

I know this book has been kind of a big deal since it came out and that everybody’s still raving about it, but I have to say, I don’t see why.

Sure I enjoyed reading it. It was fun and sweet with a dash of angst in it and it was a quick read. But Cocky Bastard didn’t exactly knocked my socks off either.

“A single minute can change an entire life.

I liked how Chance and Aubrey met even though I though Chance was a bit of an asshole and didn’t make the best of first impression on me. But I liked how they met and the adventure they went on. That was fun and quirky and original. I liked the tension between those two and how it kept building and how they clicked once they actually started talking to each other.

Sometimes, it takes losing everything to make you realize what you really need.

And I have to say, I was curious about what was keeping Chance from making an actual move on Aubrey when it was clear they both wanted each other bad.

But I’ll admit, Aubrey wasn’t my favorite character. Sure she had her moments and was funny and cute at times, but I never really related to her in the first part of the book. I just never connected with her so I guess that kept me from really getting into the story. But I think the fact that the book has two parts and that both Aubrey and Chance get to tell it separately saved the book for me.

When Chance took the lead of the story, that’s when I got more into it. I liked seeing things through his eyes and finally have his side of the story. And I enjoyed finally knowing what impression Aubrey left on him before they went their separate ways.

“I love you, Aubrey. Can’t you see that? I am head over heels in fucking love with you. I love you more than anything in this entire world. When I look into your eyes, I don’t just see you, I see my children. Hell, I see an entire farm of children and deaf, dumb and blind goats. I see my entire future. Without you, I see nothing. Nothing.”

Basically, the second part of the book was about Chance groveling and winning Aubrey over. And I liked it. I liked how resourceful and tenacious he was and the things he did to show Aubrey he was sincere and how he felt and had felt all along. Chance does very good and effective groveling. He had already made a good impression on me with his wicked mind, dirty mouth and and teasing ways, but that second part totally won me over!

“He had the most phenomenal ass. I wanted to bite it.”

But again, at some point Aubrey started annoying me. Big time. I don’t mind making a guy work for your forgiveness, especially in regard to what Chance did and how he left things with Aubrey. He definitely had some groveling to do. But it was also clear (once he explained it to Aubrey) that he didn’t mean to leave things like that between them when he left and that he didn’t have much of a choice. So when Aubrey started “being difficult”, she kind of disappointed me.

“Sometimes, those who put up the biggest shields are those who are protecting the biggest hearts.”

I get she had trouble trusting him again and that the decision wasn’t easy on her because of the state of hers and Chance’s situation, but at some point it became very clear that she knew what was the right thing to do (by her and by Chance too) and it seemed to me like she just kept him hanging and somehow, was playing with Chance’s feelings. And I really didn’t like that.

“If you let something go and it doesn’t come back to you, it was never really yours to begin with.”

That being said, all is well that ends well and she redeemed herself in my eyes. Now, I know I’ve mostly talked about all the things that didn’t work for me and that it might not really sell this book to you, but there was also a lot of good in it too.

“Care to take a little detour before darkness falls?” 
“Sure. I’d be up for that? What did you have in mind?”
“Somewhere rock hard and deep” he winked.
Well, that piqued my curiosity.”

Like I said, the way Chance and Aubrey fall for each other was great. The road trip they go on was one of the best things in the book and it was full of funny, sweet and heartfelt moments that I really enjoyed. I loved and hated the part that happens in Vegas, but it’s also one of the best moments in the book. The road trip was full of sexual tension between Chance and Aubrey and you know how much I appreciate good old sexual tension. But the second part of the book was when I actually fell for Chance and it was pretty dang good too.

You want to sin with me princess?”… Did I ever

So like I said, even though this book didn’t knock my socks off like it seems to be the case for most people that read it, I still had a great time reading it and really enjoyed it. It’s the perfect book for a weekend read and it should leave you with a feel-good vibe.

Castle Hill: A Joss & Braden Novella (On Dublin Street #2.5), by Samantha Young

Castle Hill___________________________________________

Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned – the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon – even the perfect family they’ll start.

After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far – and risk losing everything all over again…

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 At least in this one, it’s not Joss whose solely responsible for screwing things up. I had forgotten how cold Braden could be when he was hurt and scared.

I wasn’t planning on reading Castle Hill. Not because I don’t like Braden and Joss, quite the opposite actually, but because for me, they had had their hardship in their relationship as well as their HEA and I didn’t want anything bad happening to them and their relationship. It’s just not cool.

“Jocelyn,” his voice was rough, like he was struggling to get the words out. “You’re my best friend. My everything. I love you and I want to be with you always. Marry me. I promise to try not to fuck it up if you promise to try not to fuck it up.”

But as usual, S.Young can do wonders and she made Braden and Joss’s novella enjoyable for me. I love seeing Braden and Joss get married. The proposal was just so sweet and romantic I had a sappy grin stuck on my face. I loved the honeymoon and all the dirty stuff they did to each other even on their way to said honeymoon.

“You don’t need to sweet-talk me to get sex, babe.”
My eyes smiled. “Well that kind of knowledge could have saved me months of uncomfortable expressions of love.”

But our dear Samantha also succeeded in making me feel really and frustrated because of what happened next. I got Joss and Braden’s reactions and why it went wrong, but I wanted to scream at Braden for being such an arse! But fear not my dears because this novella gets a HEA too and if you’ve read Before Jamaica Lane and Fall from India Place then you probably know there are good things in store for Joss and Braden, as well as Ellie, Adam, Jo, Cam, Liv and Nate. Not to mention Hannah and Marco. I’m off to read Cole’s story now and I just can’t wait.

Body Check, by Elle Kennedy

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Hard body? Check. Awesome-night-in-the-sack potential? Check!

Hayden Houston is breaking out of her good-girl mode. It’s time for a one-night stand–and she’s found just the man for the job! She spent her childhood being dragged from rink to rink by her hockey-coach father. Now Hayden craves stability. And she’s determined to get it–after this one night. . . .

When hockey star Brody Croft sees the sexy brunette at the bar, he’s riveted. He’s ready to shed his bad-boy ways and settle down. And after a mind-blowing night in bed with Hayden, he knows she’s the one. Now all he has to do is convince her. . . .

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“I really need to get laid,”

Okay, so this book is not the kind that you’ll remember of for years to come, but it is a nice read that will give you a good time and finish with a smile on your lips.

What I really liked about this book is the fact that the story takes place in the universe of hockey. I usually really enjoy books where sport is mixed with romance, but there is a special place in my heart for hockey players and hockey themed books. What can I say, they do it for me. And Elle Kennedy’s hockey players are just to hot and sweet to resist.

“Stop looking at me like that.”
“Like what?” he said, blinking innocently.
“Like you’re imagining me naked.”
“I can’t help it. I am imagining you naked.”

Brody is a character that you’ll like and want to get to know really fast. He’s the kind of alpha male that I really enjoy in this kind of books, but he also have depth and kindness to himself. I really enjoyed reading his point of view, even though sometimes it was a little repetitive.

“When I’m with him all I can think about is ripping off his clothes, and when I’m not with him all I can think about is ripping off his clothes.”

Hayden is likable and has her funny moments but she might get on some readers’ nerves. She was a very independent woman and the fact that the roles were reversed and that it was Brody who went after Hayden was a nice change. I liked seeing him go after her and try and seduce her, and her worked really hard to get her to open up at first and to convince her to go on dates and later on, to fall in love (or admit it anyway) with him.

But one thing I enjoyed was Elle Kennedy’s special kind of hot scenes. This woman is gifted when it comes to writing sizzling, steamy sex scenes. She just knows how to do it and the chemistry she created between Brody and Hayden was crazy

So to conclude, I liked this book. It is not a book that will stay with me for years to come but it was a nice read that I really enjoyed.

Waking Up Married, by Mira Lyn Kelly

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“Her first thought: “Who are you?”

It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well – a funny, arrogant, sexy…husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible – been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?

“I don’t want a divorce.”
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“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

Waking Up Married is a sweet, light, erotic and emotional read.

Sure, this book won’t get any bonus points for originality and I know it is highly unrealistic too, but what can I say, I liked it. It was fun and entertaining and light and sweet. And I liked it.

“All the vital components that make a relationship successful, without any of the emotional messiness to drag it down. It’s about respect, caring and commitment. Shared goals and compatible priorities. It’s about treating a marriage like a partnership instead of some romantic fantasy. It’s about two people liking each other.”

This book had me fanning myself at times, often burst out laughing and smilling like a fool at my Kindle almost all the time. It was a feel good story of two very different people making a very big mistake and making the most of their situation.

“This guy and all his good looks weren’t a part of her plan. So what if he was handsome, or that she’d seen hints of the kind of humor she typically appreciated, or that she was, in fact, married to him? She’d had enough close calls in her life with the men she’d actually known, and she was through with the whole business.”

I fell in love with Megan and Carter…No Connor from the start. Their connection to each other and their growing relationship felt very real and authentic even though their situation was a bit out of the extraordinary. Their feelings for each other felt real to me.

“We’re good together, Megan. It’s not about glass slippers or fairy tales or love at any sight. It’s not about private schools or mutual goals or any of the other things we’ve talked about today. It’s about you and me fitting together. It’s about this feeling of rightness you told me about last night. The one I’ve had since I met you.”

The only remark I’ll make (and it’s something that doesn’t make the story any less good) is that the story ended a little abruptly and I think it deserved an epilogue. It would have been a nice way to end Megan and Connor’s story. But I had a good laugh, especially because of Jeff:

“8:42 p.m….REED: Need you to go to Denver w me.

8:46 p.m….JEFF: In meeting. Give me 1 hr.

8:53 p.m….REED: No can do. Want wife back. Going now. Think I cn talk her into it wth sperm.”

“8:53 p.m….JEFF: R U drinking?
8:55 p.m….REED: Have wht she wants. Solllid plan. Better than hers.
8:56 p.m….JEFF: Leaving now. Wait 4 me.
9:02 p.m….REED: Don’t worry botu it.
9:02 p.m….JEFF: WAIT 4 ME
9:04 p.m….JEFF: PICK UP YOUR PHONE
9:57 p.m….JEFF: You should stop for drink @ that bar in terminal with the big olives B4 flight
10:22 p.m….REED: Hey, UR at the bar. You look pissed.”

I really recommend this book for those looking for a fast, sweet and heart-warming love story. It’s one of those books that’s the perfect read for a weekend or during your vacation.

“And I’m asking you to let me give you a lifetime of what you’ve shown me matters most. Laughter, love, late-night conversations. I’m asking you to be my wife in the most conventional, traditional and time-tested meaning of the word, for as long as we both shall live.”

Crushed (Redemption #2), by Lauren Layne

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Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?
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Out of everything I’ve read by Lauren Layne, the Redemption Series is my favorite. And surprising as it may be, this series is much closer to the YA genre than what I’m used to read but gosh does it work for me. I’m actually kind of sad Crushed will be the last book in this series and that it hasn’t come out in paperback yet. I so want to get my hands on it.

“With Chloe, it’s easy to forget that I’m nobody. Because she makes me feel like somebody.”

Crushed was such a great book. Just so you know, this week I was reading a book and it took me over a week to finish (and that’s kind of a long time for me). I was tired and busy and all and so I got a little behind on my reading. And then I (finally) picked Crushed from my TBR list and it took me about 24 hours to read it. That’s how good this book was.

“Michael, listen. I get it. Nobody’s ever loved you first. You’re tired of being second choice. Or nobody’s choice. I get it. Because nobody ever loved me first, either.”

I was actually really looking forward to Micheal’s story. Olivia’s and Ethan’s were really great ones too but I really wanted to know what was going on in Micheal’s head after he lost his two best friends. And I wasn’t disappointed.

“I’ve tried being someone’s second choice. I can’t do it again.”

Micheal was beautifully broken and in denial. I loved seeing him go from the very dark and numb place he was at the start of Crushed, to the “new” version of himself he found and was forced to show at Chloe’s contact. It was time Micheal faced his demons and he had the chance to find a friend along the way to face them with. Plus he was broody and a bit intense so that’s a plus (at least here it was) but I wish he didn’t think so little of himself and his worth.

“I don’t know why I keep doing that. Coming back to Chloe. She’s annoying as fuck, and yet there’s something strangely calming about her manic personality.”

Now Chloe. Gosh how I loved her. She was so funny and quirky and sweet and lovely. She’s this great loving girl, full of life and sass, and she just brings light and laughter where she goes. I liked her instantly and everything she is was such a delight to read about. I loved how she connected with Micheal even though he (and herself included) didn’t realize it at first. How they became friends and then more, how she was never fooled by Micheal’s attitude and somehow saw right through him, how she brought him back to himself. I just plain loved her. She was a blast to read about and I ate it all up. Basically, I loved her and she was great.

“A girl wants to be loved, sure, and I thought I wanted that. I thought I wanted that from Devon. And now…I don’t know about that. But I do know that I want to be wanted. I want to be wanted by you.”

The two of them made me smile and laugh like a loon. Even when things weren’t great between them I just couldn’t get enough of them. I loved how she never took shit from Micheal and never let him hold back from her. And I certainly loved the sexual tension between them after that first kiss. Daaaaaaaym that first kiss….and that second…but I won’t say more so you have the pleasure of experiencing it for yourself. Just know that Chloe and Micheal together are freaking hot and that sparks usually fly when they come together (pun totally intended).

“I love you best. More than I love anyone. More than you’ve ever been loved.”

I loved getting to know both Micheal and Chloe, separately and together. I have to say though, besides those two, the other characters were a little bit stereotypical. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book as it was, but if you do read it, it pretty much enfolds like a rom-com, and you definitely feel the movie like ambiance of the book. It was a little bit like that with Isn’t She Lovely and that’s something I liked about this serie), but the end result is that even though we do have two main characters that are well shaped, the secondary ones are a little more stereotyped.

Take Chloe’s (evil) sister Kristin: in short, she’s The Bitch. She’s fake, perfect (at least from afar), has everyone wrapped around her little finger and whatever she desires, she gets (but mainly she gets male attention whereas Chloe… does not). The we have Devon, Chloe’s crush: he’s kind, smart, handsome….but in the end (even though he is all that) he felt a little bit tasteless, at least in comparison to Micheal.

“I don’t think it’s about who loves you first. It’s about who loves you best. And that’s me.”

So there’s that. But in the end, I still enjoyed the book. I especially liked the sexy and almost sexy moments in the book and the ending. And the fact that it was in fact a little bit predictable didn’t bother me …a all. I was glad to read a fluffy, funny and cute love story with a happy ending that felt like I was watching a rom-com where I knew the girl was going to get the guy and I loved it. This book (and this serie) makes for a great summer/beach read. It left me in a very good mood (pretty much the same way certain movies do). It made me smile, laugh and swoon a little. It was sweet and funny with just the right amount of cheesy and seriousness and quite simply, this book was just plain lovely. If you are looking for a nice, funny and cute NA romance, look no further because you’ve found you’re next (three) read(s).

Genie, by Kitty French

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The queen of the sex scene is back. USA Today bestselling author Kitty French returns with a brand new, smokin’ hot story to set your kindle on fire.
One complete story. No cliffhanger. Hold onto your corset strings, we’re going burlesque!

Feathers. Lies. Glitter. Secrets. Lust.

Meet Genie Divine, the wise-cracking London show-girl on a hell-bent mission to save her beloved family theatre.

Now meet Abel Kingdom, the Australian gym mogul determined to buy it out from underneath her.

On paper they have nothing in common, and when they meet, they have even less.

The only thing they DO have is chemistry.
Undeniable, rip-my-clothes-off-and-do-me-now-against-the-wall chemistry.

He wants her theatre. She wants him dead.

The stage is set for an explosive summer…
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When I saw that Kitty French had written another book, I was a little excited as to know what it would be like. When the Knight & Play series came out, I got crazy over it! I seriously loved Lucien and how dirty he was. So obviously, when I started Genie, I was kind of expecting the same magnetism that I’d found in Knight & Play. And , admittedly, it was hot. Genie and Abel do have chemistry. But that’s basically all they have, coupled with the ever present animosity between them.

“In truth, she was a little disappointed in him.”

To me, the characters were a little flat and tasteless. I never got the feeling that I knew the characters. It was like they were so focused on hating and screwing each other that in the end, I didn’t really see anything beside their lust and hate for each other.

“You love me?” he said. “Have you lost your fucking mind?”

The same thing happened over and over. They fight, they fuck and then fight and fuck some more. Until all of a sudden, Genie develops feelings for Abel – which sounds weird because they never seem to even appreciate each others personality traits.

“It doesn’t mean I like you any less because I don’t like your name,” he said. I’ll just think of something else to call you.”

I got the lust and chemistry. Really, I did. But Abel’s character was really crass with Genie throughout the whole book, never saying a nice thing to and about her except when they were physical. And all of a sudden, she goes from not standing him and wanting to prove a point to him to being in love with him? Seriously?

“She was an enigma, so many women in one. Fascinating, and he already hated that she occupied so much of his headspace.”

And actually, I didn’t really get Genie. Her character made sense, but I didn’t connect to her and she had a too many faces for me to identify her. Like I never had the feeling to actually know her. And the shit she got past him! It actually annoyed and frustrated me at some point that she would just shrug it off and let it go without ever calling him on his shit.

“On behalf of women everywhere, let’s give him hell.”

To me, they just hurt each other with words and actions, and I had a hard time understanding how she (so suddenly) fell in love with him when he kept projecting his shit on her and what she did for a living, saying really hurtful and unrespectful stuff to her, just because he didn’t like the fact that he was attracted to her.

“So what exactly are you saying, Abel? I’m your upstairs angel, downstairs whore?”

To be perfectly true, the characters weren’t even that likable. Abel was so freaking moody and hard and abusive in the things he said to her. On that alone, I would have crossed him out. But no, Genie somehow goes past all that because he’s hot. I don’t know, maybe there is such a thing as someone so attractive that even with the shittiest personality and behavior, you can’t help but bang them.

“She was the poster girl for just about everything in life that made his skin crawl, and the fact that he couldn’t stop himself from wanting her despite that fact made him hate his own reflection in the mirror in the mornings.”

Another thing that bothered me with the book was how the characters seemed to so easily let go of their obstination over what they were originally pursuing and how they seemed to be feeling one thing one moment and something completely different the next. Like for example the fact that Genie so readily let go of her theater after all the time she spent trying to save it. I mean, seriously, she’s been fighting tooth and nails for this freaking theater because it’s her home, etc, and now, she’s in love with him and the theater doesn’t count as much to her than he does? He’s been screwing her and telling her she’s a whore the whole book, and NOW she loves him because he’s wounded? You cannot be serious here!

“He held her as a man holds a woman he adores, and he kissed her as a man kisses a woman he needs to fuck more than he needs to breathe.”

The only thing I actually liked about the book was the end. Even the sex (that was good) felt really empty because they just have it out of lust. Sometimes, it felt like they didn’t even really enjoy it. More like they had to do each other because they were attracted to each other.

“No one was really what they seemed at face value.”

So yeah, even though I had hoped to like the book, it just wasn’t for me. I tried and finished it, but I was a little bored with it. The whole love-to-hate theme is usually something I enjoy in books and it started out that way with Genie, but the whole thing turned out to be a little redundant and just really….empty to me.Plus I felt a little claustrophobic while reading. The universe and feel of the book was stifling and oppressing. There were moments and bits of the story I liked, like when Genie comes up with a plan to derails Abel’s, but those moments didn’t have as much weight in the end as all the other things that bothered me in the book. I hope I like Kitty French’s other books better than this one.

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