Series: Interlude Duet #1
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 9, 2017
I thought I had it all until he came back.
Julian Caine, my childhood friend, was a short, scrawny thirteen-year-old boy with thick glasses and a mouthful of braces the last time I saw him.
Fourteen years later, he’s no longer an awkward teen.
He’s all man.
A. Beautiful. Staggering. Drop-dead. Gorgeous. Man.
This is more than a fleeting attraction. I’ve spent too many sleepless nights obsessing over him while my fiancé sleeps next to me.
Then Julian makes a proposal I can’t ignore.
That’s all he’s offering.
If I say yes, will I finally have it all? Or will it be a prelude to disaster?
Prelude is Book One in The Interlude Duet. There is no cheating and due to graphic sexual content, it is intended for mature audiences only.
DNF @ 85%
I’ll start this off by saying that I really hate giving bad reviews. I also really tried to finish this book and I’m being very sincere because I wanted to DNF @ 25%. So, the fact that I made it as far as I did was an achievement.
The first thing that grabs me about this book is that the writing feels very amateur. Now, I can’t write to save my life and I have so much respect for authors and I can only pretend to imagine what a tall feat it is to write a whole book. However, as a reader it becomes a huge problem when I’m focusing on the writing instead of the actual storyline. Well this is what happened for me while reading this book and it was very distracting and rather annoying. Or maybe I have no idea what I’m talking about and this is just one woman’s opinion. Again, I have absolutely no literacy credentials!
Now the actual plot had so many holes. So many things did not flow or make sense for me. Our heroine Lina is in a very prolonged engagement with her fiancée. Their relationship has lost all the sizzle and they are more like roommates. One day she incidentally runs into a totally hot guy who she realizes is actually Julian, a long time childhood friend she has not seen in years. I start to get confused here because Lina feels very hurt that Julian ignored her calls and letters for so many years and essentially shut her out. Now keep in mind Julian was only 13 years old when all of this went down, which to me is a child, so I just could not connect with how hurt Lina felt as an adult and kept blaming this grown man for a child’s actions.
However, despite how hurt and upset she is with Julian, all it takes is one phone call to invite her to a party and weekend getaway and she’s like… OK, sure. If I had one word to describe Lina is would be DESPERATE. I hate desperate heroines. It’s always an unattractive quality. She was constantly fantasizing about Julian. It became so repetitive! I lost count how many times she masturbated with thoughts of Julian including when she heard him with another woman.
Yes that’s right because Julian brings his own date to this party and asks her if she minds if he has sex with his date that night because his room is right next to hers and she will likely hear them. Seriously?!!Yes Julian was a real catch. Insert eye roll. I especially loved when he visits her house and the first thing he does is insult her décor. I’m sorry but I didn’t connect with Julian either. There was nothing attractive or charismatic about his character.
The other flaw with this book was the fiancée. Now, I am a huge fan of love triangles. I’m not even sure if this would qualify but the problem here is that the fiancée was very indifferent to Lina. He did not seem to care if she stayed or left. He did not seem very attracted to her either. He needs to “focus” and have silence during sex so he can orgasm. I’m also not entirely sure that Julian really wanted Lina as much as she wanted him. So basically we just have a very desperate heroine and that is never a good thing.
So why 2 stars and not 1? Well, I can appreciate the raw honesty of Lina’s character as she explores her sexuality and I can see the potential for the overall storyline even though I didn’t think it was executed well.
Sorry but this just did not work for me.
Auden Dar is a romance junkie. A former A&R music executive, Auden aspires to create the perfect, imperfect book boyfriend. Besides her family and erotic romance, Auden’s other passions include music, foreign films, stalking bulldogs, and learning how to cook like Nigella Lawson.
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