Genre: New Adult, Romance
I really wanted to like this story but…Janey was so negative, so whiny. I know she’d had a tough time, I know she had family issues and alcohol problems, but her constant talking herself down, dismissing Hayden as a rich guy just playing with her really got irritating after a while. It feels as if so much of the first half of the book is just Janet putting herself down and Exes of Hayden’s popping up everywhere.
Hayden really had been a bit of a man whore, and I think if he really wanted Janet to take him seriously he needed to be a bit more open with her about his past. Why did he sleep with so many that were directly or indirectly involved in his business, its certainly not what a reputable business man does. I did understand why Janet feared she was just another on the list, seeing the exes popping up polished, confident, stylish, at every place they went must have been tough. Then especially when his romantic getaway and dates prove to be exactly what he’s done with others I thought doesn’t the guy have an original idea – he’s got the money after all. I love the b itch type in a story, and thought Amy was going to provide that angle but really she was just a lightweight at it, and she turned out…well, not as I wanted her to be. I like to read jealous, vindictive, awful characters in a story!
Janet’s family situation too – I was expecting some big reveal about the family issues, why she didn’t get on too well with some of them. Then it comes out and I’m like “ what?? Is that it??” To carry resentment for that all these years is just childish. I hadn’t read the first book, and maybe if I had this would have meant more to me. The issue over the teaching toy she’d invented seemed a bit superfluous, it wasn’t really developed except as a way of Hayden doing yet another favour but turning out to provide more fodder for Janet’s lack of self confidence.
The three kids she mentors. I needed to know more about that, I can’t see that given their history she’d be allowed to let someone not police checked to accompany them out – certainly here in UK it doesn’t work that way. Her ex, when he popped up I though maybe a storyline was coming there but again it just felt a bit superficial. I think maybe there was just too much packed in to too short a space for me, I want more depth to the story and characters, and less introspection. I get it, Janet has had some severe blows to her confidence and doesn’t think she’s good enough – I don’t need that hammered home again and again and again.
The big problem I had though with the story is that I didn’t really feel anything between Hayden and Janet except lust, and I needed to feel love. Its for me a story that sounded really promising but proved to be just an Ok read. I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it.
Stars: Three, an OK read but a one off for me
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers for review purposes