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Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised by this. It isn't so much a romance or love story, in the traditional sense. Claire is "pretty, for a fat girl". She's 5'10" and a size 26. She's opening a business designing her own clothing line called "Chubbalicious". She owns a house (her childhood home) and has a room mate, Kieran. He is her best friend and a stripper. He's loves the ladies and freely spreads the love. The only thing she's asked of him is not to do her friends. The story opens at a birthday bash for her friend, April. April has requested, as her birthday present, a night with Kieran (Finn McCool is his stage name/alter ego) and Kieran agrees. This causes Claire to realize she's feeling/wanting more than friendship from Kieran. Kieran is pushing Claire to date another male stripper, Brant. He's 5'6" and has asked Claire out multiple times, but she's refused. After Kieran points out that her not wanting to date Brant because he's shorter than she is and that makes her kind of an a-hole, she agrees to go out with him. And, so it begins.
There isn't anything really unpredictable about this story. I knew what was going to happen and hoped for how it would turn out. But, at the same time, I like a romance with the build up of first touches - the excitement of new love. There wasn't much of that. And there isn't a happily ever after. Or even a happily for now, really. Yet, it ended as I wanted. So, I'm conflicted about that. But, this is labeled as "volume 1", so I'm guessing there will be a follow up. I just hope Claire keeps moving forward, if that's the case.
There is a menage scene, but it isn't a multiple partner relationship. I found myself doubting a lot of Claire's realizations, but that's my own issue because I have experience with it - I enjoyed Claire's journey. Also, I totally do not get the whole male stripper thing and when I first realized a lot of this was going to involve "heros" who do that, I wondered if I was going to have to stop reading. But, somehow, it just didn't bother me that much.
I'm not super knowledgeable about sentence structure and that sort of thing. I can't always pinpoint what's technically wrong, but I notice oddly phrased sentences and things like that. Spelling errors and missing words are VERY obvious to me. I didn't see much of that at all. I thought this was a well written book. This is the first by Saranna DeWylde (or any of her pen names), that I've read. I have already started looking for other books she's written.