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This one sort of sucker punched me and not in a good way.
I'm normally not a real judgey person--well who am I kidding humanity is judgey to say you don't judge people is like saying you don't go to the bathroom.
So, Selena kind of threw me for a loop with this one. It picks up ten years after Babysitting the Baumgartners. We open with a sexy scene with Ronnie and her husband TJ--he's introducing the idea of an 'open marriage'.
This is where the story goes wrong for me. Ronnie, like I predicted, realistically is messed up by that whole situation when she was 19. She ran from it. I would have too. She's scared when TJ brings this up and it surfaces The B's and what happened and what DIDN'T happen after.
In short, the story got really preachy to me about condoning infidelity. One minute they are ranting how its not about the sex and cheating is betraying and the next minute Doc has three woman laid out before him dipping his stick in each one in turn and its not about 'sex' really? REALLY? You're gonna try and preach that BS to me. Sorry not buying it.
The whole thing came off icky and selfish to me.
You have Doc in this corner saying, "Oh don't listen to your head, listen to your body because that's the true test."
OK DUDE! If we all just acted like horny teenagers all the time we would not be a very productive society.
Ronnie spends her whole 'reunion' taking on ALL the Baumgartners and Gretchen, then circles back around again to her husband. Everyone is just in love, this is all about loving too much for one person so much love is happening.
I'm not buying what was sold here. I was so emotionally beat up by the first few chapters and by Ronnie's struggle that I had a hard time even getting into the sexy scenes and believing that just like that Ronnie is like, "Yep, I like community lovin'"
Let's not mention that everyone is all butt hurt at HER for not 'Making an effort to contact them." Um, how about the two GROWN ADULTS that seduced her and then hired a new plaything without telling her?!
Ugh, I'm just angry. I'm angry that it was spun with emotions and then tried to titillate me with all this sex to distract from Doc's "I have so much love for everyone" speeches. I was done after that and that was only about 40% in, I read to the end KNOWING the outcome but hoping I was somehow wrong.
It made adults look irresponsible and selfish I'm sorry this just ruined the whole fun of the first book for me.