Archive | June 5, 2016

Stare Him Down, Riley Murphy


Stare Him Down (Stare Down Book 3) by [Riley Murphy]

Genre:  Romance,Erotica


I’d not read Stare 1 and 2, but as its one of those series where the characters are connected but the actual books are stand alone  I didn’t think that would matter.

I really, really wanted to like this, it sounded so intriguing – and having read samples of Stare 1 and 2, Riley’s writing style and subject matter seemed just what I love. However I’ve reluctantly given up at halfway through.

I’m just not connecting with this story, have started and restarted a few times trying but… I don’t understand James really, though I do like him as a person. He just seems to have a bit too much hidden, be a little too mysterious – maybe there’s something in earlier books that would make me understand that better though, I don’t know.

My biggest issue though is with Michaela . I just don’t like her, find her selfish, self absorbed, and immature. She seems to use people in the way they she pushes them to be where she wants, to do what she wants regardless of their inclinations, and of course James isn’t one for being pushed. She doesn’t care though – she’s made up her mind she wants him and that’s all she’s bothered about, getting him for herself. I cant find anywhere where she considerers what he may want, just herself and her own selfish desires.

Maybe I’m misreading her,  but this meant I really disliked her and sadly for me to enjoy a story I need to like, to connect with the characters.

I didn’t really follow why her dad felt he needed to take such drastic action either…its really OTT, and added to my dislike of Michaela meant I just couldn’t finish.

I’d still like to read Stare 1 and 2 as its not the writing style, just these particular group of characters and plots that don’t work for me.


Stars: two, a bust for me, but of course will be perfect for others. Horses for courses….

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher

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