The Deep End, Carried Away Book 1, AM Hartnett
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
An enigmatic book with a description that was intriguing and carried a hint of the books mysteriousness. I wasn’t sure what to expect apart from sex, and lots of it. Well. that was pretty much it – page upon page upon page of sex, with different men, with toys and finally with Jacques Taureau. For many people this will be a great read, but for me it needed more story, less sex. I love erotica but I do need a solid story to enjoy an erotic novel, otherwise its just meaningless to me. There was a story behind this, but its very simple, not particularly intriguing and moving, it’s the mystery of the secluded and inscrutable Jacques Taureau…who was he really, and why was he so isolated and secretive? Then there’s Grace who works so hard she keeps to office sex, for her brief one off flings…little does she know she’s being watched until Jacques calls her one night. I didn’t really see why she was like this, it seems a very odd kind of life, all work no friends, no family, no lovers…there must have been a reason behind it but we didn’t get it.
I didn’t really feel any connection between Jacques and Grace other than a sexual one, and her determination to unravel his secrets. There were things he did, Reeve for instance, that would have had most people telling him to get lost – but not Grace. I just couldn’t really take to either of them, didn’t understand them or their actions, and maybe that’s why the book wasn’t a huge success for me. I need to like the main characters – or hate if that’s appropriate – but I really wasn’t engaged in any way with these two. The sex, well, there’s lots of it, and its hot and well written, but for me its pretty meaningless without a realistic story around it. That’s the way it goes though – some you like, some you don’t. Its not the books fault – simply a type that’s not for me, but will appeal to those who’re just looking for a hot, erotic read.
Stars: two and a half, I didn’t dislike the book, but then again I didn’t really enjoy it either. I’m kind of neutral about it.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.
Only with You, Lauren Layne.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
This sounded a fun read, and it was to a degree. I loved Sophie, felt for her with her family expecting her to live up to her perfect older sister. But we’re all different and poor Sophie – that critisism led to a sucession of different career starts and jobs, further backing her families views. It’s become a self fulfilling prophecy, and Sophie thinks she’s really reached the bottom when mistaken for a prostitute on the way to a Batchelorette fancy dress party – the brief was trashy/tacky and then poor Sophie gets stuck in a lift with Mr Uptight, Grayson Wyatt, who makes the prostitute comment.
Then by a series of circumstances she becomes Gray’s new assistant. Somehow her chirpy, happy personality wears away at his dour outlook, though on the surface they are both still very antagonisistic to each other. Constant sniping becomes the order of the day, and later it’s intermixed with scorching makeout sessions…that quickly get labelled as A Mistake…never to be repeated – until the next time…
Sophie I loved, Gray, well I knew he had his reasons but TBH at times I wondered just why she bothered, he was so rude and ungrateful for such a spurious reason. Still, slowly he won me over along with Sophie.I loved the corporate fun day/party she arranged. There’s some neat snippets about her best friend Will, and his nemesis, her sister Brynn. They’re the subject of the next book.
I loved the humour, loved Sophie, loved the Will/Brynn interludes but Gray – well I know he needed to be opposite to Sophie but his personality was so dire, so dull, that he brought the book down a bit for me.
Stars: three and a half, a good book, humourous and a HEA, but not one I’d re read, and I did get a bit bored by Gray’s brusqueness and Sophie’s attempts to cheer him sometimes. Just moments when it felt a bit OTT.
ARC supplied via Netgalley.