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I should have read the fine print and warning that screamed this author loves insta-love
23 June 2018
2018 seems to be my year of discovering new authors. It is also the year I discover what genres work and don't work for me. I should have read the fine print and warning that screamed this author loves insta-love, because I'm always sceptical when it comes to that trope.
Either it works, or in most cases it doesn't.
Sheltered is very much a classic case of, "it's not you, it's me." I almost DNF'd this. Multiple times. But the completionist in me had to keep going. Maybe I shouldn't have read too many stories with intense chemistry, sassy heroines and brooding, delectable heroes, because this demonstrated the complete opposite. It left me so disappointed.
In my suffering I learned I have zero interest in possessive alpha millionaires who have this need to save the poor girl everyone ignores, because she's less fortunate. I also have no connection whatsoever to Blair, who fell into this dark hell of winding up with someone who drugged and kidnapped her, yet being o-fucking-kay living with him.
Ryker made me want to throat punch him before slipping into a coma.
However, Sheltered does have some redeeming features: gorgeous cover, an intriguing blurb that actually grabbed my genuine attention and some semblance of a storyline. Perhaps one day psychotic kidnappers will intrigue me.
I will leave my review short and ending on one of my favourite quotes from Bianca Del Rio in RuPaul's Drag Race, "not today, Satan, not today."