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I love best friend to lovers stories... the premise of this book drew me in and I downloaded it.
I won’t lie. I struggled to page 4 before moving to another book and author completely.
I just couldn’t get into it. The first page and a half was engaging before it then became just a guy bragging about himself - doesn’t do it for me.
Anyway. I decided on some down time to go back to the book and I managed to finish it this time albeit with a lot of skimming and skipping of pages. I think I skipped more pages then I actually read.
The reason I give it 2 starts is because the story line, if I were to strip it bare is actually quite good.
Why I didn’t give it 5 starts - the flashbacks to me where pointless. The language used annoying. Typo’s. Changes of ink colour weirdly. Ash putting Charis’s body down and then making out like it’s ok because he likes it even if others wouldn’t find her or her shape beautiful. Ash bragging about his ‘talents’ in pleasing women. The sentence/ paragraph structures were sometimes hard to follow, esp when there was ‘real life’ talking happening.
I would not pay money for this book and I’m not sure I would read this author again which is a shame as I really did like the plot.
I thought the story of Asher and Charis was written well but I really disliked the way it was structured. The first quarter or so was from the point of view of the man, different, thereafter it was one then the other. The beginning of each chapter there was a conversation that had taken place between them one, two or three years previously. It got tedious. Asher was a college student who was handsome, charismatic, sexy, self-confident, brilliant, wealthy, owning his own business and incredibly good at sex. It was over kill.
Although I like the book it was very back and fourth. I kept getting confused as to what was happening. I found that they had too much to say in their own head and not enough dialog. Also when they were texting? Talking? In the small chapters - well I didn't even bother reading it as it was irrelevant to the story, if that was taken out I might have had a better opinion on it. I do recommend people read it though.
This story could have been good but it went into too much telling about stuff, rather than showing. I don't normally rate the sex scenes when reviewing romance because those are very individual tastes, but I found the book had way too many sex scenes where there was so much conversation and not anything romantic or sexy about the scenes. I guess because it was mostly from the guy POV, we got a lot of mechanical action and not much into the feelings side of things. Just too much dirty talk from him, and blushing virginal reactions from her even though she's not virginal. It was just unbelievable. And of course he was amazing at everything to a more ridiculous degree than these stories normally have. Worst part - I couldn't just skip the scenes because there was too much dialog going on that was trying to advance the plot.
And the heroine - ugh. She acted inappropriate for her age. Very immature and freaking over a measly four year difference? Again, not believable.
I wanted to like this story but I darn near gave up halfway through. I slogged onward and it didn't get better. Everyone felt very shallow and one dimensional. There was no real character growth and the romance between the two friends was like a switch was flipped. I didn't get to see a decent, slow realization of the whole friends to lovers thing which is my preferred type of story. And the part where he was trying to change her mind felt kind of stalkerish to me. I didn't like his behavior and I didn't much like hers either. :(
The 22 year old H had a crush on the 26 year old h when he was 13. She pushed him away since she was 17 and had a boyfriend. The two of them become besties and share everything. He just broke up with his girlfriend of three years. The h just got engaged to his brother. His brother needs to get married to secure his grandmother’s inheritance. He asked the h to marry him because she is also a good friend of the family. The news shakes up the H. The h belonged to him. He goes in full pursuit of the h. The two always felt something for each other but had shied away from it because of the age gap and their family connections.
The main characters finally get together.
No likes: there was a flashback in every chapter of the book with alternating povs. It got confusing. The story was too long and it contained way too many inner thoughts. The two of them needed more face to face conversations. I didn’t like the characters at all. The H had a Charlie Sheen complex on steroids. He believed that he was the smartest and the best looking guy in the universe. And sex was on his brain throughout the the entire book. He was a shallow one dimensional character. The insecure h had really low self esteem issues. She kept comparing her looks to the H’s ex and harping on the 4 year age gap. There wasn’t much chemistry between the characters. There wasn’t any likable characters in the story. The H’s brother is another womanizer and his family was just way out there.
This book was terrible. Asher was an egotistical self absorbed man who flip flopped between calling Charis boyish and feminine. And Charis was way too naive and dim witted to be an academic. Plus she had a hangup of being "too old" for Asher. At only four years older! The entire book made me mad.
I accidentally 1-clicked this book (the pitfalls of using my phone in bed while I'm half asleep) but decided to keep it because the blurb sounded okay and at the time it was only 99 cents. But now I feel like it's a wasted dollar.
The book started off fine. Asher is narrating the story in a Ferris Bueller kind of vibe and it was funny. Slowly, once it became evident what a shallow douchebag he is, it grew tiresome. Charis, his bestie, is a great example of book smarts not equalling common people smarts. He claims to know her better than anyone but he tries to seduce her by saying the most awkward awful things to her that clearly make her uncomfortable. The scenes that were supposed to be sexy were so not. I didn't feel any chemistry at all between them - even as friends since we were never shown that relationship. Just telling us doesn't make us believe it. Prove it to us.
Each chapter starts with a transcript of a past conversation between Asher & Charis. Stylistically that's fine but sometimes it slowed down the flow of the story and most of the time the conversation didn't have any or little connection to the chapter.
This book was easy to put down but hard to pick back up. I just couldn't stick with it. It took me a long time to get through which is very unusual for my reading habits.