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Some of the romance is a bit on the barfarific soap-opera side. (eg "I thought I'd never see you again!" I cried in between kisses.... "I can't stop thinking about you. I've almost called you so many times." "I wish you had. I'd have come running. Oh, Wyatt!".) In addition, the characters' emotions at times felt to me to be a bit primitive (big strong man! Pretty girl! Must have sex! men threathening my girl! must punch!) and as the story developed and new twists were introduced, the story gained another dimension which also reeked of a stereotypical soap opera flavor.
Despite my issues with the storyline and characters' behaviour, the book is well-written making the story more interesting and pleasant to read, and the characters' emotions are conveyed really well. I can see that the author *is* a talented writer - it's just that the story and characters needed more originality and sophistication to fully satisfy me personally. Having said that, I'm sure the book would be enjoyable for people who are less judgemental than me of soap-opera-style-dramas and who relate to more primally-driven characters.
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When I saw the blurb on netgalley, I couldn’t click ‘request’ fast enough. It was just one of those books that sounded like it would be fantastic. Then I was thrilled to discover I was approved to read it, settled in ready for an epic read, and was…confused.
This book has a rough start. Really rough. I was expecting romance, and got a five minute conversation, then fishing, then a one-night stand. I was expecting a mature-for-her-age younger woman, and a not-too-much-older-but-wise-beyond-his-years older man. What I got was a girl barely out of her teens, who tends to think and behave like a hyper five year old, and a worn down man in his forties. There are many, many ways I could articulate how I was feeling within the first two chapters of this book, but to be the most accurate to the experience I’m going with: Uh. WTF???
But I still kept reading. Because there is just something about this book.
The whole thing is almost ridiculous. And so very over-the-top. I’m not going into spoilers, but when it’s time for the big reveal about midway through the book, everything goes so much more wtf than it already was, that you’ll wonder why you ever thought wtf to begin with. It’s nearly unbelievable, and soap opera-y, and just completely insane. But it’s also, sweet. And funny, and sexy, and bizarrely heart-warming. And shockingly, in the middle of all the craziness, there are some fairly spot-on portrayals of ADHD, mental illness, and depression.
I told you this “review” wouldn’t make sense or help in any way, and unfortunately, I think I lived up to that promise. Because, I can’t tell you why I liked this book. I honestly don’t know. But I did, and I am somewhat confusingly looking forward to the next one.
**For the sake of full disclosure it must be stated that I received this book, free of charge, from Netgalley.**
In this case, the "small thing" is Ettie, a feisty blonde who is somewhat short of stature. She blows into a small town bar one night, determined to drown her frustrations, and meets Wyatt, a sexy, older man. She's drawn to his loneliness, something she understands well, and after spending a few hours drinking and playing pool, she invites herself into his life ... at least for the night.
Wyatt is the lonely man she pegs him for, and he finds in Ettie a boldness that attracts him. She's fun and makes him laugh, and she's someone who actively wants to experience life. Wyatt, on the other hand, has shut himself off for nearly a half dozen years, believing he isn't worthy of the joy that Ettie represents.
But he gives himself a night with her, which becomes a weekend. It is revelatory for the two of them.
There are problems, though, that mean there is no future. For one thing, there is Ettie's on-again, off-again relationship with her boyfriend. For another, there is Wyatt's pain and emotional blockage. Yet they want this, even if neither knows how to make it happen or if it can happen.
This, faithful readers, is one hot romance. Strap on your vibrators, girls, because you will need it.
Wyatt may shut himself off from romance for a while, but he can still rock that headboard. In fact, he rocks it so astoundingly well that I couldn't figure out how Ettie could leave him. I'd have chained myself to that headboard and begged for more.
There is so much to love about this book. Ettie is flawed and occasionally awful, but she's real. Her backstory is a bit murky and forced, one of those things manufactured to give her something that Wyatt can relate to. Wyatt's emotional constipation is also well written, and we can easily see why these two are drawn to each other. Can they stay together? Can they overcome the age gap? Carter Ashby does a good job of giving them a foundation other than great sex, which makes you root for them all the stronger.
There is a bit too much time spent with Wyatt and a sort of support mechanism toward the end of the book, and then there is what I think was intended to be a plot twist involving an unforeseen life event that turns out to be unnecessary.
But even with those occasional blips, I liked this book a LOT. I received an ARC but immediately bought my own copy. It's hot, it's fun, and it's a good read.
Cuddle up to this one on a cold winter's night. You can thank me - and Carter Ashby - later.
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i just was not able to connect. I liked the idea of the story but the maturity level of Ettie made it so hard for me to connect to her.
I found her to be more annoying than anything and while I kinda liked Wyatt i just didn't grasp the connection of him and her.. the insta love
The characters all seemed underdeveloped and the story as a whole lost me.
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