Read from July 20 to 22, 2014 — I own a copy
Synopsis: Mardi Stewart thought she’d found the perfect boyfriend in Paul Baker…until she discovers he is already married.
Reeling with shock from the betrayal, Mardi finds herself in the arms of Rob Fulton, her best friend’s brother. Newly returned from England, Rob is also the victim of a sour relationship and only too keen to commiserate the folly of love with Mardi.
Embarking on a ‘friends with benefits’ affair, Rob and Mardi vow they will never be blinded by love again. But Mardi doesn’t tell Rob that despite her affirmation she still secretly holds a torch for Paul Baker. When Paul returns to her with promises of a new life together will it be Paul or Rob who becomes the next member of the dumped club?
Bookish Things: 173 pages. Again I don’t like how the characters are on the cover. I want to create my own versions of them. It also feels a little cheap.
Our two main characters.
The cliche doesn’t end there my friends, oh no! The plot thickens because Rob (male lead) is Mardi’s (female lead) best friend Dianne’s brother. He’s that guy who used to be a bit of a geek who’s suddenly turned hot! And that transformation was in full Hollywood style – thick geeky glasses being replaced for contacts, messy hair and ‘ta-da’ he’s transformed from an ugly duckling into a swan!
The ex partners were a little bit more interesting. Paul was the epitome of jerky cheating partner, but there was an added bonus in there. I liked the twist away from the ‘norm’ and, despite it’s rather ‘out there’ feel, it added a whole other level to the story.
Pacing was good. The characterization was a little cliche, but otherwise reasonable. Finished product was mostly polished, with only a few things (noted below) that need to be addressed.
Now, onto the most important bit, the sex.
This was so right in some parts and so extremely cliche in others.
Why must all men in erotic stories be Gods who happen to be masters in the sack?
Despite this, I really enjoyed some of the scenes, the first time between Rob and Mardi being one if them. But, the thing that took the cake for me was the playful teasing and flirting that occurred. This felt very real and was quite sweet.
All up, a reasonable erotic story if you can look past all the cliche parts.
A few things I noticed:
4% – Seperate Mardi and Paul’s POV change with a new paragraph. This happens a bit and it can be confusing for the reader.
19% – …traced a lined (line) from…
69% – she started (stared) into…
** Note: I was given an electronic version of this book in exchange for an honest review**