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Fell short of expectations
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2016
With how much I loved Stepbrother Dearest and how good the description for this book was, I had to have it. The cover is insanely hot, as well! Sadly, it ended up majorly disappointing me. I loved the story and couldn’t put it down until the 50% mark, but then it crumbled.
The first half of the book was amazing! I totally wish I had a best friend like Justin when I was younger! So unbelievably sweet! I loved how we got a peek into the past. It was just the right amount to clue readers in on the type of relationship they had. I found their present tense interaction to be soooo entertaining! There was a lot of anger based on actions when they were younger. Justin was down right mean at times, but I couldn't stop reading! I wanted to see where their relationship would go and how long they could hold onto grudges before they caved! The first half was definitely a 5 star read!
The second part of the book started out with a big twist, but not the kind of twist I prefer. I found it to kill the romance aspect of the book. Everything seemed to be too perfect between the two. There was no more drama or anything, in general, that kept my attention. It was like they were a married couple with no spice to their relationship. With Justin's musical career, a lot of time was spent apart as well. At least the jealousy both displayed when the other talked to a member of the opposite sex , especially Justin's, was entertaining. His childhood protectiveness definitely returned.
There was a definite lack of steam. I'm big into the romance aspect of steamy scenes, and their first time was not at all romantic. On top of it, any steam that happened was completely predictable. There wasn't really any giving in to the sexual tension because of how unbearable it became. The big twist had a significant impact, too!
I feel like so many books I've read lately involve the main female character getting pregnant. Is it the new trend? Ugh. It completely destroyed the romance. Who wants to read steamy scenes being interrupted by crying babies? I'm 100% not interested in reading about a baby consuming the story, causing adults to be more in love with her than each other. I think Amelia nursing Bea was brought up more than any physical contact between Amelia and Justin. Yuck. So disappointed! It really seemed that the main goal of the book was to change Justin's mind about being a father. At least they were successful!
I expected so much better for their first time. A quick fix in a cheap motel, screwing her up against a window. NOT romantic.