Court: I think we should preface our review by saying that if you don't want to be mentally, physically, sexually, spiritually...(insert your -ally here) frustrated by the hero of this tale...then...take a deep, deep breath! Tahoe Roth is every bit the 'Ladies Man' he is professed to be...and holy cowza these characters were bound and determined to KILL ME by the failure to just GO-FOR-IT! Shel: She's not kidding; I wanted to hurt a mutha--he was so frustrating.
Court: So, critically, getting to know Regina is difficult. Her thoughts are...stilted. And, I think that is is easier to identify with the writing if we think of it more as Regina's inner-thoughts/journal than anything but time really moves quickly chapter to chapter. Tahoe is almost an irredeemable hero, and that was difficult for me to get used to. He starts out as such a playboy, screwing anything that moves, and I couldn't help but wonder...how do we come back from this? a lot. Will he scare Regina away for good? Will I be broken hearted by the end of this...more so than I am now? He was a hard guy to like. We're never in his head, so we know a lot of stuff is going on with him emotionally, but we don't really know what. I wish a little bit we had a few of his thoughts at the beginning of each chapter or something, and I might've liked him better. Shel--I agree with all of this--Regina's thoughts are such a hot mess--she wants him, she doesn't; she's strong, she isn't and I just wanted to stick her on therapist's couch and get her some help. Meanwhile Tahoe and his smirk?! Gah. Fortunately, they both find ways to redeem themselves but I was quite frustrated with them both at times.
Court: The thing I loved the most about this story is the journey that Regina is on...to finding herself. I identified 100% with her on this one, and once you figure out that some of the frustrating decisions she makes...albeit, over and over, there is a reason behind it. She is on a journey. And the loving yourself journey is one that Shel and I both always enjoy more than even the love story. And if you're hoping for a lot of steamy scenes like with REAL, ...well, go read REAL because this one is a slower burner, but fast page turner! Shel: It was a quick read; I'll admit sometimes I was hate reading because Regina's "boyfriend" and Tahoe's ridiculous behavior made me angry and so I plowed through that to see if I was going to hate them more or find them like-able.
Court: Overall, I was pleased with Regina's journey, equally displeased with Tahoe's decision making, but invested enough to stay up preettttty darn late to see where their journey took us. Trent is a douche canoe, and frienimies to friends, to hopefully more is a story that I like a lot most days of the week. SO! Check it out! And...whoa that cover, y'all.Shel: *drools* that cover, yo.
Irreverent, cocky, playful and naughty.
He’s not the guy you date.
He’s the one night stand.
The one your mother warned you about.
The one your body craves.
You’d think the man who called me succulent would want to strip me down and spread me out on his bed—like he’s done with countless others.
But he passed on my offer….
Just like I’d once passed on his.
He’s wary, like I am.
He’s broken, like I am.
And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.
Tahoe and I are strictly friends.
So I distract myself with other men.
He doesn’t think my new man is good enough. This blond blue-eyed beast doesn’t think any man is—himself included.
But the more time we spend together, the more confused I feel.
I'm trying to open myself to love.
Yet I'm quickly realizing that the only man I want is Tahoe Roth.
The one man who will surely break my heart.
Expected publication: April 26th 2016Source: Publicist via Netgalley (thank you!)
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