When you have a thrice-a-day Starbucks addiction, a love affair with Louboutins, and an apartment in one of the most expensive cities in the world, the last thing you need is to lose your job. But that’s what happened to me—or what will, unless I can pull off the impossible: find Eli Murphy.
notorious playboy and New York City high roller, is the founder of the
newzine where I work. He's been MIA for three years. But I think I can
find him. If I do, and I get his story, I can keep my job.
What could go wrong?
Ask me when I’m tangled in my lies—and his bed sheets.
Ask me when we’re running for our lives.
I thought the writing was strong, well edited
and with a narrative that was tightly constructed. The plot actually
flowed rather quickly. I was concerned that there was going to be a lot
of time spent looking for Eli, and not a lot of time with them together,
which is not the formula for an erotic romance. But, the author got Eli
and Tara into the same place fairly quickly, so that worry was settled.
Unfortunately, while I was able to suspend disbelief on some of
the situations, such as how easily she was able to find Eli when no one
else seemed to be able to (I ignored this, as it is erotic, the couple
needs to be in the same room quickly, so you have to make it happen) and
thugs in Ubers...I was not able to get past the logic and thought
process of Eli in one particular area.
Just the one...but
unfortunately, when you are not able to totally buy in to the start of
the romantic relationship, there isn't a lot of room to go up from that.
thought process. Well. It went something like this..."I think she might
have been sent by the people I am hiding from (I will not spoil why he
is hiding or who he is hiding from) but, I really want to fuck her...so I
am going to ignore this. And, since she can't do what she might have
been sent to do to me while we are naked, it is all good. And, while I
am at it, I am not going to ask her if she was sent by them, because 1.
She could lie and 2. If I ask, she is honest, and says yes, well, then I
am not going to be able to fuck her. So, I won't ask until later.
I was not able to get past this.
And, this is a
shame, as the writing was strong, there was a lot of potential for the
story, and up until that point, I was willing to go with the whole idea
of it being an erotic romance, so some disbelief needs to be suspended
because that is often required of the genre.
In this case, I got
the feeling that the author decided to go big with the reason Eli
needed to go into hiding, therefore leading to him needing to be found,
and by doing such, put himself into a position where almost any
resolution that got them in bed quickly (a requirement in erotic, a must
in an erotic novella) was just going to have to work even if it
stretched logic a bit. And, I get that. I really, really, do. I just
wasn't able to get past it.
Writing is highly subjective, as are
reviews, and I am sure this is just my opinion and that it is one that
others are not going to share. That said, I am planning to read the
conclusion of the book, as while this one did not work for me, I do want
to see how it is going to end, and where it is going to go from here.
It am not able to recommend this book, but I reserve high hopes for the next one.
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