Author: Kristen Ashley
She’s ready for the ride of her life . . .
Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba’s. It’s a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn’t want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he’s also the bar’s part owner and bartender.
When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won’t fit in at Bubba’s. Yet there’s more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.
My Brain’s Wonderful Reactions
Yep. I did ditch it but I got to 35%, so that must tell you about my determination to see this through. I just didn’t care enough.
I had to push my way through almost the entirety of the book before I decided I had had enough. So the first thing I do, I go on Goodreads to see how others found it. I was disappointed. Not at the book, of course, that be ridiculous. I was disappointed that there was only one other person who could not tolerate this book.
And that person was complaining about the grammar of the book. I get it, grammar can be off putting, but I can take bad grammar (Only so much, however) but there was so much other criticisms that were being missed.
- Grammar, of course
- The Main Characters
- The side characters
- The whole biker thing
- The non-existent plot
Grammar: (And Style)
Now, I am not claiming to have perfect grammar. I’m sure none of my posts are flawless….but that’s because I don’t have proof readers or editors. I mean, this is a published book we are speaking of.
I sat in my parked car outside the bar.
It looked like a bar. It could be any bar anywhere, small town, big city, it didn’t matter. It was just a bar. Bubba’s bar, apparently, for it said “Bubba’s” in blue lettering on a black background in a huge sign at the top.
I looked out the window to my left. There were two Harley Davidson motorcycles parked there.
I looked back at the bar which it would seem might be a bit of a biker bar.
I don’t think I have to say more to prove how bad the writing style is, my own opinion of course. But to put the point across more clearly, I think you should read Karlyn’s review.
This is the least of my problems with the book.
The Main Characters:
I hated Tate. Call me over sensitive, but I can not tolerate any one telling another person do what to do, let alone being overly domineering. I actually quite like books with alpha guys but this is not it.
I also hate people that feel entitled to say whatever they want to whoever they meet because they are in a bad mood. I meet such people everyday. I hate them in real life and I hate them in fiction.
And Lauren. Okay. A victim here, I don’t mind victims. But I can not tolerate how unreal and just stupid she is. She got out of a relationship where she had to pretend to be someone she was not, do stuff she did not want to do, but then what is she doing with Tate? An asshole that tells her she is not allowed to do what she wants?
Also, why on earth would she tell her life stories to random strangers as though it is perfectly normal? Also, there is apparently a serial killer on loose and this idiot does not think enough about her safety at all. Of course, Tate has to order her around to be safe, including going as far as appointing one of his friends as her unwanted bodyguard.
Oh, wait, I left out something quite important, didn’t I? I left out the part where Lauren becomes involved with one of Tate’s ex friends. And then she has soul shattering sex with Tate. But of course, she has righteousness. Of course, she feels bad, and she does say it out aloud. But alpha Tate doesn’t care. He wants to screw her, so she can shove her guilt out of the way. And Lauren? Ah, more blissful sex for her.
Now tell me, how is this not repulsive? Especially considering that Lauren was cheated on by her ex-husband. Oh and yep, Tate is having an affair with a married woman. Oh but that’s fine because he is the male MC and his life is screwed up by the other woman. I just lost a lot of brain cells trying to understand the logic.
And Tate is also a football player, a cop and a bounty hunter. How perfect!
The Side Characters:
Oh, the horror. All the side characters in this book are weird, unrealistic, and just plain ridiculous. So, I actually don’t want to describe it but to give you an idea, there are people named shambles and sunny here. And then we have females who are characterised as wanton and sexual and lazy. Yes, I’m speaking of the other waitresses who are not as brilliant at their job as Lauren.
I wonder why romance authors think it is nice to make sexual women seem lazy. Of course, you should have guessed that the other woman (should I say women?) are also sexual creatures who want everything handed to them in silver platter.
Now imagine that a book told you a male MC was pristine person that has ever had one sexual partner through their entire life. Now imagine the book also portraying, I don’t know, maybe half the other male characters in the book as sex loving and lazy and expecting things to go smooth in their life. How unrealistic is that? How sexually repressive is that? Do we even have books that portray men like that?
Oh, no, we have books that portray man-whores (not casual sex guys but guys that actually emotionally hurt the women they have sex with) as hard working, totally deserving, self-made billionaires. None of the man-whores seem to be considered whiny or annoying or anything like that. So why is it acceptable for women who like sex to always be portrayed as lazy?
And it didn’t do the book any good to have one of those sex loving girls killed off.
Now, I’m sure I’ve given too many other books with this kind of portrayal a pass, but I’m going to be amending my ways starting now. That kind of sexism is not acceptable.
The Biker Thing:
This is not my first book about bikers from Ms. Ashley but the more I read, the more I’m confused by the whole biker thing. Who on earth is a biker? Anyone who rides a bike? Then why is it such a thing?
Like I live in India, where there are more bikes than cars, so the whole riding a bike, sitting “naturally” in a bike went totally over my head. Like what on earth is being a natural while sitting on a bike? Small kids can do that, yo.
While we are at it, can someone tell me what a biker babe is? I’m sincere. I don’t know.
The non-existent plot:
The hardest part. The refusing that this book had a plot. Okay, so we have Lauren that goes somewhere, meets people, has endless talks with perfect strangers, and strangely (and unreasonably and against all brilliant judgement) romances with Tate.
That’s this book in a nutshell. There’s some supposed drama with the slutty waitress getting killed and Tate trying to find her murderer and yeah, you get the point.
Don’t read this one. There are several other better romances out there that can actually induce certain emotions in you, which I believe is the point of romance books. I like angst. Yet another book from this author, The Golden Dynasty actually had a lot of angst (even though I criticised it a lot and it did deserve the criticism).
But that other book at least made me feel things other than annoyance. So, give it a go (perhaps, if you are into angst and that kind of thing).
With that, I conclude.
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