There is never a good time for a joke about “beat a dead whore”. Following it up with “why would anyone beat a horse” - with no such concern for beating a person - is just gross. This line occurs early in the book, and stuck with me throughout it. the comment was not from one of the main characters, but as this is the first in a series, he will get his own book, and no doubt spew more of this. Apparently Ms Neuhold was not imaginative enough to think of blokey humour that did not derive from offence. .
Aside from the poor humour overshadowing it, the book wasn’t bad. It doesn’t compare to the Heathens Ink series, but it’s ok.
The prologue is solid, great introduction to the main characters, as well as Ren’s best friend Dan. And incredible chemistry between Ren and Cole. Their first hookup is pretty hot, but it felt like the writing got looser the further from the prologue we moved. The book peaked very early.
The concept of the characters messaging each other on an app without knowing who the other was, was cute, but dragged on way too long.
There was a lot of sex, which normally would be great, but while some of the scenes were hot hot hot, others were almost mechanical, and felt more like descriptions of the films the author no doubt watched for inspiration. They were lacking in passion.
Overall, this story was a lot fluffier than I expected, and lacked substance and tension. The way things wrapped up towards the end was too easy and bland. I expected something deeper from this author, particularly after the prologue, and it just didn’t deliver. It might be a case of not finding her stride in the new series yet, but somethings not quite right.
There are also several continuity errors and in general the editing is not up to standard.
Some additional notes:
And somehow, the further into the story, the more Ren talked about Henry (his ex). So rather than moving forward and thinking of him less, he gets referred to more.
The character of Dan was great in the prologue but quickly morphed into a drama queen without a filter (‘oh it’s not my fault, that’s just the way I am’, type)
Aside from the terrible humour above, the blokey ribbing each other and mocking humour felt overdone and not forced, didn’t hit the right note.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2451 KB
- Print Length: 316 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0848ML729
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 43 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)