Top critical review
Don’t read it for the plot
Reviewed in Australia on 5 December 2021
Where do I even start. This book was so disappointing.
First off, not matter how it’s been categorised, this is not a romance. It’s erotica. Definitely more heat than plot. The plot is threadbare, as is the character development. So the fact that it’s also predictable shouldn’t surprise you.
Secondly, the blurb is really misleading and paints a very different picture of what I’d though I’d be reading - not least because the blurb is written from 50% into the book, and even then the friendship between Ryder and Sam is almost non existent. It’s a shame, because that blurb promised more depth and tension than the finished product delivered. I felt like the authors pulled a bait and switch.
As a side note, the character I liked the most, for being sensible and mature, and generally worth knowing was Sam, Ash’s son, and we barely see him in page, which says a lot.
The book does start well, and its engaging, and I’ll admit hot. But once past the opening sequence, Ryder turns into a spoilt brat with no regard for anyone but himself, who really needed to be told no more as a child. Not helped by feeling like once again Ms Frank has recycled the character of Logan from the Temptation series (and there’s a phone scene that is basically a direct copy too), and put him in a teenage body. Ryder uses other people with no regard, in order to make Ash jealous, or get close to him, people who are never mentioned again, because, they are just props. He only things with his little head, and is basically a literal hormone ridden teenager with the morals of an alley cat. I really disliked him and actively wanted Ash to find someone better. And it made me think less of Ash that he was so easily manipulated.
Then all of a sudden the authors try and sell it as this is about feelings and emotions, with no actual time or energy given to developing this, and we are more than half way through so it’s all a bit of a rush because they still need space for drama and conclusion, and it was ultimately unsatisfactory.
This book had potential, but it really failed to deliver. And I know the authors can do better than this mess.