I'm just not a fairytale ending kind of girl...
Well damn damn damn and double damn. I think books need to come with a warning for people like me. Warning: This book has insta-love. Before I go into more detail, let me preface by saying that my 3 star rating here is not a bad thing. This was neither a hit or a miss for me, it fell into that weird limbo of an "OK" read. I feel like these are the type of reviews that are the hardest for me to write since I didn't feel strongly about a book one way or another, neither loved nor hated it.
What worked for me
The writing. I truly enjoyed the author's "voice" and writing style. This was my first book by Ashley Wilcox, and I will gladly read her future ones.
Merrick Tattooed bartender that happens to be a dirt bike racer? Hell to the yes, sign me up for that. I'm really looking forward to his book.
The twist in the middle of the book
Holy drama batman! I did NOT see that coming.
What didn't work for me
It started off so good. When Kayla admits to a history of being a slut and a party girl, I thought, "FINALLY! A book that doesn't have an almost 30yr old virgin. Thank you Jebus!" But then...she took a turn for the worse. Kayla moves to NY and leaves behind her boyfriend of 3.5 years to pursue a career and in search of something more for her life. She starts a new job...but then turns into a blushing slobbering fool over a man she JUST met in an elevator. All of a sudden, her new-found independence and job come second. And she becomes all about the sexy and mysterious Miles, who she pretty much knows barely anything about.
Let me summarize this.
Day 1: She meets Miles in an elevator. Looks and breathy hello's are exchanged. Lust is in the air...
Day 2: Some more conversation and drinks at a bar. Miles pretty much puts her on the spot in front of her boss to let her know that they're dating. Ummm...
Day 3: A date? I think it was a date?
Day 4: Sexy times ensue after their gala date
Day 5: Love is in the air
The multiple POVs
The book had 3 POVs, Kayla, Merrick, and Miles. Typically, this would really work for me. Unfortunately, in this case, I developed more of a liking for Merrick. For me, this was because we get zero background on Miles until the very end. At least, I think that was why.
Kayla and Miles
I never really felt a connection with them. For me, this was probably the speed at which everything happened. I found the relationship development really lacking. This is the biggest reason I struggle with insta-love in books.
I felt more of a connection between Merrick and Kayla.
This book was a quick and mostly enjoyable read. I read it in one sitting. While it was not a 5 star book for me, that's not really a reflection of the writing. It truly had potential. But unfortunately, I always struggle with insta-love and it barely turns out to be a good experience for me. I think many would still enjoy this book, so don't let my personal bias turn you off from reading it.
I am really looking forward to Merrick's book next. The sneak peek we get of his story at the end of this one definitely has be intrigued.
**ARC was received in exchange for an honest review**