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To One Hundred (#dirtysexygeeks Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The online flirting was fun. But when Eva came face to face with Grady, it triggered something and Eva tried to walk away, she really did.
I really enjoyed this! Its the first I've read on Melissa Blue, or I can't find anything to tell me otherwise, and I like her style.
I loved that we didn't get what happened to Eva those years ago all in one go. You get little hints and snippets and I managed to get it before the full story was revealed, but I still loved that. Sometimes you get too much, too fast, not so here.
I loved that we got to hear from both Eva and Grady, to hear their thoughts about each other before they meet. When they meet, and what happens after.
I loved the cast of supporting characters too, not Eva's sister, Lauren but Grady's brother, Wade and his friends, Victor, Oliver and Porter. These guys looked out for Grady, even if they did go about it in a not so nice way! And I wonder, do these guys make up the next books in this series? Because this book is billed as book one. I'll be happy to read them, or any other books in this series, simply because I loved Blue's style.
4 solid stars
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I will admit that throughout most of the story I didn't like it as much as I had expected to. The story had a dark undertone and felt almost voyeuristic. The plot made me feel uncomfortable because it addressed mental issues that even in today's world still seem taboo. Most romance novels have the common antagonistic themes like bad past relationships, mommy/daddy or self esteem issues that we all can relate to. TOH went deeper than that going into situations that if you could relate to meant you had really been through some stuff. Most people read to escape reality which is normally true for me. So reading a story about Eva who has serious mental baggage and Grady whose existence is centered around being the fixer for a band of misfits (the Goons) who all had their own mental hang ups didn't seems to be so appealing. No matter how hot and sexy the rest of the story was.
Even though I struggled to get into the story I continued to read and I am so glad I did. It wasn't until the second to last chapter that it clicked for me. My struggle didn't come from the story not being well written or characters that weren't compelling. These were great characters and the storyline was very good albeit different than the expectation. So here came my ah-ha moment. The story had a different vibe. It felt different because it was. This was Ms. Blue's growth as an author, her move into something a little deeper. TOH was more thought provoking. It still had all the elements that made her one of my favorite authors but now there was something more. By the time I reached the end of the story I knew I had to read it again, seeing it with a fresh understanding and appreciation of what I was reading. The second time around I loved it. Grady's strength and understanding made me think about all the good men that I know who stand beside those they love providing unyielding support. Men who love with their heart and their soul. Eva reminded me that you are never so broken that you are unworthy to be loved. That even when you are broken you can find the strength to fix yourself.
Now I am excited for the rest of the Goons stories. I am excited to see what unexpected stories Ms. Blue is going to bring forth next that will challenge me as a reader. Life is about growth and development and personally pushing yourself to be the best that you can be. To One Hundred is a great example of that. Ms. Blue wrote a story that both the characters and the author herself were being pushed out of the comfort zone with exceeding great results.
This is the first book that I've read by this author. It wasn't what I expected. Not in a bad way, but it was a bit deeper than I expected. I kind of thought it would be a fun geeky romance, but a couple of the characters in this book have mental health issues. The heroine attempted suicide during a dark period of her life and she currently suffers panic attacks. The hero's brother is bi-polar and the rest of the hero's "family" seem to have issues that are alluded to, but not specifically addressed (future books).
I found the title odd. But, it's based on some Internet sex game of counting backwards from 100 while engaging in sexual activities with the goal of orgasm at 0. I don't know if this is a real thing or not.
So, Grady is an adjunct instructor at a college. Eva does web work. They meet on a forum for the show "Firefly". They share a love of the show and other "geeky" things. They get to know each other very well over a four month time period, but Eva has strict rules about keeping a certain amount of distance. They've never talked on the phone or met in person, but have exchanged pictures. They are supposed to have an Internet "date" one afternoon, but Eva has to cancel because her sister shows up. As a sort of apology, Eva sends Grady an audio file of her touching herself while engaging in The One Hundred game. He's very hooked.
Then she shows up in his classroom the next day. Her employer has offered to increase her salary if she completes her degree. The story takes off after that classroom meeting.
Grady is all in from the beginning. There's really no hesitation on his part. He doesn't want to hide his relationship with Eva. He doesn't care if it gets him in trouble with the college or starts rumors, etc. Because of his experience with his brother being bi-polar, he knows how to deal with Eva's panic attacks and other issues. He's really a pretty great hero.
Eva is damaged. She's recovered a lot of herself, but still has issues with her sister. Her sister became more of a parental figure after Eva's trauma and attempted suicide and can't break out of the role.
There are all kinds of emotions here. It is a good story. I struggled a bit with the author's writing style. I don't know if it was her phrasing, her punctuation or that I felt like she started a lot of dialogue between characters as if the conversation were in progress. I felt as if I came in part way through a thought and couldn't immediately grasp the meaning. I know there were some punctuation issues - things like missing commas. That bothered me because I had to go back and try to figure out what I missed. It usually turned out that I hadn't missed (or misread) anything and if I kept going anyway, it would eventually make sense.
Melissa Blue did a nice job with her characters giving them some baggage along with the forbidden relationship they have to deal with. Eva has been burned in the past and hooking up with her professor is a mistake her sister sees coming from a mile away. Eva's sister was there for the fall out of her last relationship and isn't going to let her make the same mistake twice. Eva feels what her sister doesn't know won't hurt her.
Grady has his own sibling baggage and hopes there is enough room in his life for his brother and a new girlfriend. Sick and tired of dating the same ol same ol, Grady steps out of his comfort zone and starts an online relationship with a woman he's never met. On paper, or the computer, they are perfect for each other. When he sees Eva isn't his usual type, he doesn't care and wants to get to know her offline. Grady feels a connection to this woman and wants to see if it can actually go somewhere. When he walks into his classroom and sees the beauty he just had sexual feelings for, things change.
"I'm not someone you change your career for. You don't really know me. I have scars." ~ Eva
And that she does. Pretty big emotional scars to take a romantic leap with her professor if you ask me, oh and her sister. The book is well written from dual points of view, although the chapters aren't labeled as so. It's sexy, but I just didn't connect with either character. If anything, I liked Grady's brother Wade more. He seems like an interesting guy.
Reviewed for Renee Entress's Blog.
I will be the first to admit that the whole teacher-student trope is one that I will pass up 10 out of 10 times. It does nothing for me. So how this tour ended up in my backpocket... yeah, no clue, but I don't regret a word I read.
Not. A. Word. I. Read.
First off, both of our characters are older than twenty-one, so it works. They're both mid- to late-twenties, at that, so I can be game. Second, they met online as equals in a forum for Firefly -- showcasing that they both have similar interests. Eva could never have known the man she was talking to, who she was hoping to Skype date with and in turn sent a sassy Tumblr game to, would end up being her professor for a general elective class she was taking for her Bachelor's degree. She already had a business, but the degree would be helpful.
So these couple of things allowed me to be more than on game for this storyline. On top of that, Eva has a decent secret (that wasn't that hard to figure out) and with that comes decent fears.
I loved her working through her issues, and equally, truly enjoyed Grady's character. He was a strong alpha with protective instincts. He was definitely the papa bear where his friends and brother were concerned -- and while his brother likely wished he could do things without the aide, or worry, of his brother, I don't know that Grady would know how to function without that responsibility. I would like to see him let go at some point, though, but that's beyond this story.
These two were fun to read. Like I said, Eva's fears were legit and definitely had merit; Grady, too, had reason to allow her her space, but I liked that he fought for her, and gave her valid options. These two were a hoot to read, especially when their "one hundred" game came into play (seriously, no pun intended).
This was super fun, and I hope that the rest of the series involves Wade, Porter, Victor, and Oliver -- because with that, maybe we'll get more Eva and Grady ;)
*received a copy of the title in exchange for an honest review.