on May 14, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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What happens when you create rules to keep others out?
One thing Emerson Moore has come to terms with is that she is the school slut. She knows her way around a frat house and how to get what she wants. She doesn’t make any excuses for her actions and she doesn’t pretend to be anything different. She is who she is and with that she knows how to have a good time. She’s made rules to keep relationships at bay and avoid the demons of her past.
When her best friend, Cole has his two friends from back home move in with him she begins to think she has met her match with Jaxon Riley. Jax is the perfect mixture of tattooed muscle and a sweet-talking mouth. With “hand” written notes, a voice that exudes sex and knowing just how to get under her skin, Jaxon learns how to break all the rules. But will he just end up breaking her heart anyway?
New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 18 and up.
This was just okay for me. I once again found myself gravitating towards side characters. There was even a moment between Cole and Quinn that had me tearing up. That was probably the most emotion I felt during the entire book. I’m coming to realize that side characters much be easier to write than main characters. I’m not a writer so I don’t know why that is. I’m assuming when writing in 1st person it’s easier to describe someone else than it is to make the reader “feel and emphasize” with the person speaking.
Emerson aka Em was awesome in the beginning. I have so much appreciation for female leads that own their actions. She slept around, she knew what that meant, she walked the walk and didn’t flinch when there were repercussions. I thought that was awesome and mature. Maybe stupid but good for her for owning it. Em has rules set in place to protect her heart. Rules that she made because of circumstances surrounding her parents.
For me the premise for these rules was ridiculous and immature. Her step-sister lived through basically the same thing and she wasn’t emotionally inept. I felt like it was just an excuse and not a real issue.
I liked Jax and his twin brother Jace. He seemed more grounded and sure of what he wanted. He had a similar personality as Em yet wasn’t held back by his own rules. He works hard at breaking down Em’s walls. Just when I think all is going in the right direction Em makes a really stupid mistake. I was totally on board for Jax and his anger too. He’d been so patient with Em.
The biggest obstacle in this book for me was the writing style. There was a lot of repetitiveness. Things like, “I was upset about what just happened so therefore I was angry”. As a reader we smart enough to know that the character is angry when on the page before they got into an argument. A reminder isn’t needed. “My breathing increased because he was hovering over me.” Sentences like that bother me because I would rather author make me feel by describing emotion. “As he hovers over me, I feel my anger dissipate and my body instinctively reacts.” Sounds and feels totally different right? It’s my thought that as an author matures with their writing these things eventually get sorted out and I hope that’s the case with book 2.
All in all this story hovered around 3 stars for me. The plot could have used some support. Em bases her entire rule system on the actions of her parents. If Em experienced some of those issues directly in subsequent relationships THEN came up with these rules based on her history it would have solidified the plot for me.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*