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I didn't read the first book in this series but I liked 'Because of Low' and 'While it Lasts'. However, this book is the weakest in my opinion.
Amanda (Marcus' sister) has been in love with Preston since she was 16. She's now 18 and the book starts as she makes a play for Preston one night when he is drunk. They have sex in an outside storage unit and she gives him her virginity (although she had told him she wasn't innocent). It's over very quickly and then he walks out and leaves her alone.
The book then starts 3 months later. Preston has been trying to avoid Amanda because he feels he's not good enough for her. When he does see her, he is quite mean to her and hurts her. Poor Amanda is what can only be described as a drip!! When Preston finally gives in to Amanda again it turns out he had forgotten about having sex with her! When he finds out he took her virginity, he feels bad. He also remembers that Amanda had an orgasm that night. Now considering all he did was kiss her breast, I find this a bit laughable!!
They embark on a sort of relationship but its a bit difficult because her brother Marcus or any of his and Preston's friends can't find out. Preston also has siblings he has to take care of because his Trailer Park Mother is a waste of space. Now here is the part I found hard to take about this story. To make enough money to have his own apartment, go to school and look after his mother and siblings, Preston needs to make a lot of money. To do this, he sells his body, yep, he's a Gigolo!!
Whilst seeing and having sex with Amanda, he still carries on servicing the older women who pay him for sex. He does feel guilty but he carries on because he needs the money.
When Marcus finds out they are seeing each other he is angry but then he realises that Preston has never been like that with a girl before and Amanda declares her love for him, so he allows their relationship but doesn't tell their mother. However, Amanda's mother is the one that finds out about Preston's secret life.
I could go on, but I have given away enough spoilers. All I will say is their fall out and reconciliation is very unrealistic. Everything is tied up too neatly in a nice little bow whereas in reality, how could you forgive your boyfriend for being a gigolo?! The book ends too quickly and we are left to believe that they will live happily ever after - what, with her mother and all those women knowing he was a Gigolo?!
It's an odd plot line for Glines to come up with and as these books are aimed at Young Adults, I find it a bit of an irresponsible storyline.
I also noticed a few errors in this book.
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Initial post: 9 Nov 2012 14:37:45 GMT
L. Carter says:
I agree with some of the things that you said but with the ending i think the author is planning on writing more books in this series so this won't be the last we see of these characters and their story. Also this book isn't aimed at young adults, it is NA/ Adult, whilst the first book in this series is YA the books mature throughout the series nad the author has said that this is not a YA book. You do make a few valid points though and i also find it hard to believe that she had an orgasm just by having her breasts kissed but appartantly this can actualy happen, it's just very rare.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 14:43:55 GMT
Hi, if she is writing more in the series then fair enough but the conclusion in this story wasn't good enough for me. We didn't get the confrontation with her mother when she saw them re-united. The first in this series was definitely a YA book as are most of her other novels. I think any book I read where the characters are young and still at school I would consider a YA and apart from the sex scenes, I still read this as a YA. I have read that the author is going to re-release the first one in this series with sex scenes, so maybe she has decided the way forward is into NA/Adult but I think she then needs to mature her characters and plot lines a bit more! Aside from finding it hard to believe she orgasmed that first time, if I'm honest, I also found it ridiculous that Preston had forgotten he had sex with her. If that was the case surely he would have carried on flirting with her like he had been at the beginning rather than ignoring her for the next 3 months!
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 15:10:04 GMT
L. Carter says:
I wasn't particularly happy with the conculsion either as the story obviously wouldn't wrap up neatly and the confrontation with Amanda's mother definately needs to happen. Im just assuming that this is probably going to be a secondary storyline in the next book as Abbi usualy has her characters resurface in later books and Preston and Amanda's story is still incomplete.
If she doesnt come back to this storyline in a future book then this one certainly will not be as good in my eyes.
I think with the whole Preston forgetting thing, the reason why he forgets is because he was very drunk and the reason why Amanda is so upset is because he is not acting any different towards her even though they have now had sex. What i thought didn't make any sense it that although Preston is supposed to not remember it, at some point he obviously remembered it well enough to tell one of his friends.
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