This challenge was created by @AnnReads for Bookstagram, see day 6…
I have a history of picking the wrong guy. Gay? Player? Momma’s boy? Check, check and check.
Now I can’t stop fantasizing about one of the customers at the coffee shop I work at between classes. It’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s not like I ever see this guy outside of the coffee shop. It’s not like I’m going to see him while attempting to get birth control at the student clinic. While wearing a paper gown. While sitting on an exam table. Because he’s the doctor. Shoot. Me.
But what if, for once, the man I’ve had the dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies about turned out to be everything but wrong
I’m not even exactly sure how to review this book, because even though I’m giving it 3 stars, I really did enjoy it and it was highly entertaining. So don’t look at the rating and think this was a “meh” read, it wasn’t. I so happen to have had some very big issues with some minor stuff that kind of made me lower the book’s rating.
Again, this was highly entertaining, and some parts of the book read like a romantic comedy. The writing is enjoyable and it flows super well. The pacing is fast, very fast, and here is my first issue with the book, the pacing is just too fast, which unfortunately means that a lot of important issues and deep themes are only dealt with superficially.
The same thing happens with the two main characters. I found them both likable and I had a lot of fun with them, but I thought that they weren’t totally fleshed out. Sophie is a little more than Luke, but that’s probably because we’re reading from her POV, so we have access to her thoughts and not his.
Another thing that happened way too fast was the romance between them. I’m not against couples with huge age differences, or the innocent girl and the experienced man trope, but I need the romance to feel right, and, as per the title, a lot of things in their relationship felt wrong. I did like that they became a real couple, and they didn’t hide or anything, but apart from the sex, I didn’t really see a big connection, and I needed that to “excuse” a lot of other things.
One of the things that majorly bothered me, and might not bother you at all, was the language. I’m not talking about dirty language before, during or after sex… no no… I’m talking about the derogative terms that could be perceived as ok and even sexy in a well constructed context, but that didn’t work well at all for me here. And I have to say, the 3 times that Luke uses certain terms to describe Sophie and she doesn’t say anything about it? Made me like them both a lot less…
I really really liked the plot though and I really appreciated Luke for those last 15% of the book, because he gave Sophie all the time and space she needed to decide her life, without pressure. I just wished that the issues had been dealt with in more depth. It was the first time I thought that their power in their relationship was somewhat equal, or that Sophie had more say. I wish I had seen that power balance more throughout the book though.
Ultimatly, I was expecting a lot more from this one, I can see how people love it though, because if I ignore some facts, this book was hilarious and seriously sexy. But my brain just couldn’t scrape the notion that somewhat the title really does apply, because I felt like something was wrong with this book, and that’s no good.
I’m still super curious about the other books of the series, and I’ll be sure to get my hands on them soon.