Overall rating: 3.5-4 Stars
Narrator rating: Alexandria Wilde 4.5 Stars
Sean Crisden 2 stars
I gave this book 4 stars. I am somewhere between 3.5 and 4. I think the story held a lot of promise, but maybe for me, it fell a bit short because I just didn’t connect fully. Let me explain:
There seem to be a lot of books out there where good girls tame bad boys, or fix broken boys, etc. I get that Anna is supposed to be escaping from her father and branching out on her own, but her prudeness got to be a little much sometimes. I did like Anna’s character though, and I loved Xavier. Sure, I am not a big fan of bad boys, but Xavier is the sex. I would never want to tame him, I mentioned in a status update on Goodreads that I would use him just like he uses other women. It would be purely sexual and I am so okay with that.
The point is, I am getting a bit tired of the whole good girl/bad boy thing going on these days. I understand in this book why Xavier is a bad boy, but I dont know, can’t we have a bad girl and a bad boy taming each other?! Or maybe a good girl/boy finding their inner devil 😉 Spice it up!
I do like the sex scenes in this story. One thing I can’t stand is when authors write “he touches my sex…” I can’t connect to that. If and when I read smutty, steamy novels, I want to feel it. I love when a scene was so well written I need a cigarette after (and I don’t smoke). A quick way for me to lose interest is using terms that aren’t relateable. I am not afraid of reading the “p” word (I say it this way for the simple fact that out of respect to my younger Goodreads friends and followers) in a sex scene. That’s hot! I want to hear what I would hear if it were me in that scene! Though the scenes weren’t fireworks, they held for a lot of promise.
At the end of the day all I can say is THAT END THOUGH! There is a major cliffhanger. So, if you don’t want to have to be stranded with the literary version of blue balls, wait until the second and final book comes out (date not yet given).
I listened to this as an audiobook. I think Alexandria Wilde did a phenomenal job. At first it took me a little getting used to her narrating style, but it worked. I loved her voice for Xavier. She made him sound all grovely and sexy. So when I heard Sean Crisden reading the few Xavier chapters, it just didn’t do it for me! I was left wanting and disappointed. The voice just wasn’t sexy. It made me a little sad that Alexandria Wilde’s voice for Xavier makes you feel things when the narrator who read Xavier’s chapters left you going “WTF”