Skylar Montague has learned that nothing good comes from trusting others…. especially men. After escaping an abusive relationship she attempts to start a new life in a new city. Living close to her childhood friend Chantal, she’s finally starting to feel at home. Men are the last thing on her mind, that is until she meets her smoldering bad boy neighbor Nathaniel Jackson. Her hesitation is huge, but the attraction is even greater. Nathaniel doesn’t do relationships, just can’t see himself as being a one woman man. His instant attraction to Skylar makes him think that he could change. Their connection is explosive. Nothing has ever felt this good. Being together with Nate, Skylar feels like she can finally trust a man. That is until they are presented with an unexpected surprise. Exes reemerge and with them a falling out neither saw coming. With all their past troubles and demons ready to emerge, can they escape the undeniable pull they have to each other, or will the dark past they both possess prove to be too difficult and keep them apart?
I was given this book by the author, Angel Steel, for an honest review and so I shall deliver.
This review is not the norm for me and will actually be hard for me to write for 2 reasons.
1. I hate hurting people’s feelings
2. I honestly didn’t enjoy this book(sorry 🙁 )
One of the issues I had, was when the dialogue would bounce between his version and hers, they would repeat the same scenes. Example:
She smiled back weakly. “Hi, do I know you?” She started to back up a little, getting a bit antsy this guy she didn’t know was standing in her house.
“I’m Nate, your next-door neighbour. I noticed you’re moving in and wondered if you wanted any help with that,” he answered . He seemed to notice that she was backing up a little and could see she was scared, so he backed away , slightly.
“Um… no, I’m all good. The guys from the company have done most of it themselves. Thank you anyway,” she said. She was looking around, waiting for someone to come in with more of her things.
“If you need any help with anything just give me a yell, darling.”
“Okay,” she said with a smile that didn’t reach her eyes.
“Hi,” he said, flashing his best smile. He realised she had been a bit startled and started to back up to give her space. He introduced himself and asked if she wanted any help. She replied she didn’t need any help and thanked him for offering.
Frowning, he decided to leave her to her unpacking, and walked back to his place to work on his truck.
Word repetition is also a huge pet peeve of mine. It distracts me from the story. Here is an example of 2 separate repetitions within the same dialogue(Had she used slutty instead of tarty, I would’ve put the book down right then and there):
“Don’t even think about putting me in anything slutty. We all know you like to dress like a slut, but it is not me,” Skylar said.
Half-jokingly, Chantal rolled her eyes and laughed, “Oh, give me a break. I don’t dress like a slut, I dress sexy.”
“Fine, I’ll let you pick out three outfits, I get the final decision.” Chantal was happy about that so she went to work on finding three outfits for Skylar to choose from.
Once Chantal had chosen three different looks , Skylar glanced at the outfits, noticing right away that they were just a bit tarty.
Now that my little pet peeves are out of the way, I’ll get down to my other issues.
Skylar got out of an abusive relationship 2 years prior to moving into town near her best friend Chantal. So it would make sense she’s a bit fearful of men. However she is one minute ready to jump Nate’s bones, the next minute cowering in a corner from her fear of men and her past.
Unfortunately as the story goes on, she becomes even more annoying by bouncing between victim and having everyone circle the wagons around her, only to jump out and run into the arms of an asshole. This happens the entire way through the book. She cries, she has people gang up on said asshole. He comes back, she is wrapping her legs around him and getting naked with him before he even says he’s sorry. The part I REALLY didn’t understand was the fact that her friends never got tired of the shit!!
Then we have the asshole. Is it Nate or the man from her past? That I’ll let you decide or else read the book to find out. All I will say is sometimes I understood WHY he was an asshole, because she kept a huge secret, even when her and asshole were together and happy, always waiting for the next day to divulge it, only to be ready to keep that secret forever when he hurt her feelings again. The worse part in THAT case was, he was being crucified by his friends for being a dick to her because of her secret, yet he didn’t know what the secret was or that she even HAD one!
Then the REALLY horrible moment of the book. Asshole saves the day, only to take off and leave her for 3 weeks! Why!?? Because he kept seeing the rescue scene as he was there to save the day but she was yelling for him to save her prior to it. Yet the way it actually happened was, he was there to save the day, but she wasn’t yelling for him to save her prior to it. Yet, he wasn’t upset she DIDN’T yell for him, he was upset because he kept picturing her yelling for him prior to him saving her. So he couldn’t face her. Yeah…when you figure that one out, let me know too.
The Good Points:
I really liked Dom. I wish we could have seen more from him and maybe you will in book 2 of the Sweet Series. However I think I’ll just use my imagination for him instead.
My Final Thoughts:
I hate hurting anyone’s feelings. But if it makes the author, Angel Steel, feel any better, most of my frustration is at her characters. Although she is the creator of the characters, it’s as if they are separate entities in my head. So for that I give her kudos. Maybe the author WANTED to pull this kind of emotion, I don’t know. What I DO know is if that was her intention, she did an incredible job of it. If not, then I hope this review is viewed as constructive criticism. I’ve seen a few 4 and 5 stars for this book, so there is a good chance I’ve allowed my pet peeves to overshadow the story. I don’t know.
What I DO know however is, I’m just one person, nobody special, just a person who loves to read and offers an opinion on what I personally thought. There are many factors to take in. My personality, preferences, my pet peeves, etc. So what I may find as issues others might find as virtues. I always encourage anyone reading my reviews to still take a chance on the author/book.
There is a quote that goes around the internet and it’s accredited to MANY people, so I don’t know who exactly said it, but it is soooo true!
“In a sense, one can never read the book that the author originally wrote, and one can never read the same book twice.”