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As you know, I just did a book tour stop for this book. I was originally going to include my review in it, but when finished reading it I realized that I could not as I did not like it. Without further ado, here it is:
Lexi Reynolds is facing a game changer. Three years ago, under the insistence of her husband, she walked away from a promising career as a special education specialist with her eyes set on becoming an administrator so that she could be a stay-at-home wife and mother. Now with the demise of her marriage along with her self-esteem and heart, Lexi must face the task of building a new life.
Layla Karsten is not one to sit idly on the side lines. Seeing the crushed spirit of her sister, Lexi, she is bound and determined to push her sister back in life….even if it means tapping into Lexi’s inner slut to do it.
Age: 18 years and up
Review: 1.5 stars
Let me just start off by saying I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, they weren’t met. What I first noticed was the fact that the author used exclamation points. A lot. I got the feeling that the author thought it would be the best way to show emotion, but it just took away the appeal for me. There would be two to five exclamation points when the main character had some strong emotion and I really didn’t like that.
Another thing that bugged me was the fact that Lexi supposedly loses a lot of weight in one week. This is very unhealthy and very improbable. This is a big thing for me because I used to be overweight and the premise of having such a transformation in just one week really makes me mad.
Lexi is the mother of three children and has recently been divorced from her husband. You’d think she’s a mature woman, right? Not really. I felt like she complained too much and that she acted immature most of the time. I mean, just in the beginning of the book, she complains about her children using up all the hot water. That would be fine, if she didn’t start cursing at her children in her mind. I’m sorry, I found that like it was too much anger for something that she claims to happen a lot. Lexi swears a lot — and most of the time it’s when she’s overreacting.
Her eldest child, Sasha, is ten years old. When we first meet her, she says that she made waffles for the family. I felt that a ten-year-old making waffles without any supervision was a bad idea, which I felt took away from the story.
Lexi’s sister, Layla, is another character that I did not like. She’s someone who, after reading a bunch of erotic romance novels, changed her whole appearance from mature adult to slut. And then she yells at her sister for calling her a slut when Lexi didn’t recognize her. She also feels like she can just tell her sister what to do. I understand, Lexi was in a slump and needed to be brought out of it, but it did not need to be done in such a controlling way.
And then there’s the “Scooch” moment. Layla is putting Lexi through an intense work-out routine, and when they’re running for the first time, Lexi poops herself in her pants. I’ve heard that happen to people who have no ability to control themselves (bathroom-wise) but when doing exercise? I found this thoroughly disgusting and was the moment when I just wanted to stop reading.
The last thing that I did not like about this book is the fact that she ended up with what I think is the wrong guy. Sebastian—a big jerk who bosses her around when they’re deciding when they’re going to meet—is who she ends up with. He also says that he hates the fact that Lexi has kids and is just an ass. Then he magically falls in love with her kids and becomes a semi-caring person. When Lexi chose Sebastian over Dane, a guy who actually cared about her and was really nice, I really wanted to slap Lexi upside the head.
In the end, I feel like this book tried too hard to be erotic romance and ‘realistic’ and ended up falling short.
A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.