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The writing, as always with Melanie Harlow, is great! It’s the h I just don’t like. I have no problem with a 12 year age gap, but when the h doesn’t even have a grown woman’s body and wears crop tops all the time and the H is constantly thinking how young she is because of her actions, it’s hard to relate to anything in the story or to enjoy it. Maybe it’s because I teach teenagers who wear the same clothes as the h still does and the H is always thinking about how much like a kid she still is; it makes me feel like an adult being attracted to a kid and it grosses me out. You can be a mature 22 year old woman but that comes with life experience and the h has none.
There is romance, a few steamy scenes and the invariable struggles. It is toward the end when a 9 year old makes the claim of being a feminist that ruins the entire story. If I wanted to read a story about politics or fascism then I would NOT be looking in the romance section.
2.5 Stars Ignite was a mixed bag for me. I felt like I was reading Irresistible just with two new characters. The premise was the same. Winnie wasn’t my kind of heroine. Twenty two but came off immature and maybe that’s because of lack of life experience. Dex was a great grumpy single dad to two fabulous and funny daughters.
I actually enjoyed Winnie and Dex in the beginning. The tension was there but all of a sudden out of nowhere Dex kissed Winnie and boom. The tension was gone. It felt out of character for Dex and after the kiss the emotions just fizzled out and the story was just predictable. I felt I was constantly being told how Winnie and Dex felt instead of seeing it in their behavior which was a shame. I didn’t believe in the romance. It was just sex.
Winnie’s friend Ellie shared some amazing banter with Gianni and that’s one story I’m excited to read. So at least something great came out of reading Ignite since the main story was a miss.