My Rating: 2.5 out of 5
This was a fairly decent read, although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, which definitely places me in the minority. There were a lot of elements that didn’t sit well with me, but there were some sweet ones, as well.
Pretty conflicted, huh?
Following a difficult Break up, Emma moves to New York where she meets Jackson—a sexy, aspiring actor who is also a trainer at a local gym. There is an immediate attraction and Emma allows herself to indulge in a harmless, heated fling. Except this is no ‘fling’. They quickly become engrossed with one another and dive head first into a committed, loving relationship…
Unless I’m watching “Titanic”, I’m not a fan of insta-love.
Only for you, Leo…
Insta-love, in most cases, just isn’t believable and lacks the emotional build-up crucial in creating a genuine connection. Yes, this is a work of fiction, but since it is also a romance novel, the romantic connection should remain the most convincing aspect of the story. I did like Emma’s character; I felt she was strong and had her priorities in order, for the most part. Jackson was very sweet, but I felt his behavior towards Emma bordered on obsessive more often than not. However, I appreciated his ability to love and put that love first.
The colossal ‘misunderstanding’ was a nice way to ignite tension within the story. However, this misunderstanding was prolonged to the point of frustration…and was NEVER. ENDING. The final resolve was sweet and I was happy to see the characters finally find their way. Overall—a decent read with tons of steam and a marginally interesting plot.
▪ Genre/Category: Contemporary Romance
▪ Steam Caliber: Maximum steam
▪ Romance: Insta-love/lust
▪ Characters: Intense hero. Damaged heroine.
▪ Plot: An intense relationship suffers the downfalls of (frustratingly prolonged) miscommunication.
▪ Writing: Decent. Sexy. Descriptive.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: None/Standalone