Don't waste your time or dollar on this drivel.
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2018
Ok, well Amazon refused to post my original review which contained *censored* quotes from the book, and also a warning that there were censored quotes. Whatever, I'll try again. Even though these are direct quotes from the book, I'll change the relevant words and stick a <> around them so you'll know I'm altering the quote.
The author herself says that some people's reaction to this book has been WTF, and I'm firmly in that camp. She also says the main character "owns that alpha <stuff>" but there's a big difference between being "alpha" (seriously?) and being an aggressive creep who expects and believes he deserves every woman to fall all over him. Ok, under other circumstances, I could just roll my eyes and move on, but there was something else about this book that I found completely disgusting.
He also constantly demeans women - not just the object of his lust - in his inner monologue. He sees them as nothing more than a “<kitty cat>” to satisfy his “<rooster>” which he is constantly saying he has no control over, and when he needs it he needs it then and there. And he needs it all the time. NEEDS, not wants. Sex is the cure when he's stressed, or frustrated, or unhappy for any reason. And going hand in hand with that is this running theme that us poor, unhappy women need validation from a man to feel good about ourselves. Gag. Perhaps not what the author meant, but definitely what came through. Here's a quote:
"Back in high school, I bedded a couple of curvy girls. I made sure to admire them with all the words, since they acted like they needed a boost and I was all about giving it to them if they gave me their sweet, sexy <kitties>. Women have a hard time with their bodies. I get it. That's what us guys are for. We show them how exquisitely <doable> they are."
I don't even know what to say about that, other than repeating my previous comments of Seriously? and Gag.
But even worse than that is how the main character also doesn't seem to understand that no means no. Once he decides his incredibly enormous rooster (according to him) needs what his best friend has got, he pursues her relentlessly. He tries to break up her engagement, lets himself into her apartment and won't leave when she asks him to, won't stop sending her dirty texts when she tells him to, literally holds her down and won't let her go when she repeatedly tells him she wants him to let her go, and won't stop kissing and groping her even when she repeatedly says no and pushes him away. Oh, but it's all ok, don't worry! Because she secretly wants him, too. She could have pushed him away harder if she *really* wanted to push him away! So that makes stalking and sexual harassment ok I guess, even though when his ex follows him she's made out as totally crazy. Another quote from the book:
"I didn't know her sexual history, but I was sure my girl was a neophyte, or near as. She might very well fight me, and her own body, every step of the way. But it would be worth it. She was beyond hot."
Once again I don't even know what to say about that except Seriously? and Gag. Look, I get that this is fantasy. I get that he's an over-the-top perfect guy who is supposedly secretly a geek (although I never see any evidence of that other than he used to be 13) who likes a girl who is kind of plain but doesn't know how hot she really is which only makes her hotter. I understand the concept of wish fulfillment. But I would not wish this guy on anyone. As far as I can tell, he's a narcissist, womanizer, stalker, and possibly a date rapist, and needs some therapy. He also only decides she HAS to be his after finding out she's getting married... the same night he breaks up with his girlfriend and no longer has access to the mind-blowing sex. I have no idea what happens after I stopped reading, but as far as I can tell Charis would have been much better off with the fiance she didn't love. Or, and here's a crazy thought, better off figuring out that she deserved to be with a nice guy who respects her. I realize that's not the kind of book this is - again, I get the wish fulfillment thing. But from the get-go she doesn't think enough of herself to believe that she will ever be loved and is willing to marry someone as a favor because she's never going to find anyone else anyway. She's only 26. And her fiance, BTW, is also a complete womanizer, but for some reason is supposed to be much worse than the main character because he doesn't commit to women. Well at least that's honest. The main character seems to think he himself is a saint because even though he was miserable with his girlfriend, he stayed with her because the sex was mind-blowing (let's not forget how much he constantly needs sex and can't control his rooster) and didn't cheat on her even though he was secretly lusting after other girls. To top it off, while he is "wooing" (stalking) Charis, he keeps telling her about how amazing the sex was with his girlfriend and all the ways they did it. Just... ew. Let me just say that if we heard about any of this behavior from a politician, a businessperson, an actor or a Hollywood bigwig, we'd be calling for their resignation and ostracizing them, with good reason.
So ignoring how completely gross all of that stuff is, the book is very boring and poorly written. The supposed obstacle that has kept them apart all this time is just dumb. The characters are all ridiculous caricatures of actual human beings. The flashbacks add nothing except for somehow making him seem like even more of a jerk. Way too much telling without showing. Presumably the sex scenes were supposed to be sexy, but they were simultaneously boring and kind of icky. I stopped reading in the middle of the scene where they were finally about to actually have sex, but it was so uninteresting I didn't even bother finishing the scene. I will say that in that scene, at least he gave her the chance to say no, which of course she didn't take because who could say no to that wonderful guy. Well, he never actually listened to her or respected her wishes before when she said no. But see, he knew she really wanted him and/or he could *make* her want him, so it's all just fine. Right, this paragraph started off ignoring how completely gross that was, but apparently I can't. My point was meant to be that this just wasn't a good book even outside of all of the objectification of women.
I'm glad that other people found enjoyment in this book. Maybe you will too. I did not.
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