My initial reaction (posted on GR 8/29/13):
So, I'm sitting here wondering wtf I just read. It started off okay and was somewhat promising. Then it just took a crazy loop de loop turn into what-the-f@ckeryville.
Normally this would have gotten 1 maybe 2 stars but because I was laughing so hard at the insanity it got 3.
My expanded review:
I'm not sure what the author's intention with this book was, but I don't think I'm overly concerned about it either. I don't say this to be ugly or anything. Its just that when you read this you have to take it for what it is. And frankly I'm not sure what that is.
From the moment Marisa meets Xander you just know that something good is going to happen with that, then with the chance encounter while traveling it makes you even more sure of that. You're ready for something warm and fuzzy at that point and then you get hit with "Xander's request", which turns this from being a serious romance into being very comical. You almost think he's joking with her (unless you're into that kind of kink too). At any rate, Xander does some pretty appalling and gross things, that make this almost seem like one of those National Lampoons movies. And it does leave you hanging at the end, but no big deal, right? It was just short, weird, and funny. You won't die without knowing what happens.
That's what I said 14 days ago, but over the past few days I've found myself looking at the author's blog and wondering when the next one comes out. As crazy as this story was, I do want to know more. We know (at least we think we do) that Xander and Marisa are supposed to end up together. Firstly, for the funny factor I want to know what other crazy shit Xander does to Marisa. Secondly, does he give up his kink or does she accept it? And thirdly, what happens with her family and Ben?
So where does this leave me? It leaves me wondering how this book has captured my attention the way it has. I guess the best comparison would be to say its kinda like Achy Breaky Heart. It is a dumb song, but people were obsessed with it at one time. And now, just the mere mention makes you cringe, but if you're alone and you hear it, you sing along cause you know all the words and its fun.
**This book was still free on Amazon at the time of this post**
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