Author: Leddy Harper
Ash Jenkins was the typical boy next door. Wait, who am I kidding? There was nothing typical about that boy.
He was tall, ripped, and had the voice of a man twice his age. Intelligent, sexy as sin, and barely legal.
Sent to live with his dad after getting in some trouble with the law, he was definitely someone I needed to stay away from.
But he had his sights set on me, and he didn’t try to hide it.
Did it still make me a cougar if I was the prey?
When you have to face a taboo romance, you better set your mind for the task ahead. There is NO way of achieving that if the blurb of the book fails to inform you that the reader is about to face one of the biggest taboos there is: a relationship between an adult and a minor. I wasn’t ready for this story and it has payed the price for its lack of information. Let’s see if I am capable of explaining my feelings towards this book…
Kristy is a thirty something woman who has recently bought her first house. Not an easy task taking into account she was a single mother who had to drop school in order to raise her daughter. One of her closest neighbours is Asher Jenkins, a young and gorgeous guy who is not shy about expressing his interest in older women… especially Kristy. The young part is the key part. The age difference is too big for her to handle, but Ash is nothing if not persistent and he finally gets her attention. Too bad he is a filthy liar who forgot to mention he was still a minor…
I haven’t enjoyed this book. The first half was waaaay too awkward for my taste and the rest didn’t catch my interest at any single moment. I was badly surprsied when Ash’s real age is revealed to the reader, but not to Kristy. The fact that he dates her when he is still a minor and lies to her about it is just gross and disturbing. I couldn’t connect with the story with so many sexual innuendos that made me feel extremely uncomfortable. It felt wrong. Yes, I know that the author took special care in not crossing the final frontier; but I was constantly afraid and that is no way of enjoying a book. Those first chapters should have been fewer and faster, so the reader can’t have time to think too much about it. In this case, I thought a lot about the situation and I deemed it unworthy of my interest. I’m not a quitter as a reader, so I crossed my fingers and hoped for a better future. Let’s say I wasn’t blinded by its brightness…
Once we get over the being a minor thing thanks to Asher’s birthday, the book gets stuck in a boring loop due to the strange dynamics involving the characters. What the hell does Kristy want? We are presented with several cases of sexual tantrums, where Ash becomes little more than a disposable kleenex for the older woman’s needs. And we are told that that is love. Sure, sure. The lady was super grossed out about the idea of being with such a young man, but every time her sexual cravings get too big, Kristy has zero problems about welcoming Ash in her bed. I do not understand a single moment of that so-called love they share. I guess I was still too weirded out about the minor stuff to really enjoy what I was reading.
Another thing I hated were the constant jumps in time and the scenes that happen behind the scenes when they were supposedly relevant for the story or at least relevant to keep the reader engaged. That doesn’t help to connect with the story or with the characters. That disconnection enhances the feeling that the book is very boring. Which is odd, because there are several moments that were meant to bring some spice to the mix; but I guess they didn’t have the expected effect on me.
The characters do not help either. I have already mentioned that I can’t understand Kristy. She changes her opinion every chapter and it is actaully dizzying trying to keep the pace of her thoughts. Not my cup of tea at all. Asher is not much better. I’m not sure what the author wanted to accomplish with this character. It doesn’t make any sense. He was a drug addict until recently and somehow he managed to keep fit and teach himself carpentry during the worst moments of withdrawal. He is a virgin, but has the greatest oral skills in the history of sex. And, at the same time, he is oblivious about the reasons for using protection… And Kristy just lets him… He prouds himself of his honesty, but all he does is lying to every single character he meets. So, both main characters are a mess and sometimes a torture to read.
I haven’t liked this story at all, but I recognize is mostly my fault. I wasn’t ready for this and my defences were rised. If you don0’t care about the minor detail, I guess you could enjoy the book much more than I.
Even though I didn’t enjoy the book, that doesn’t mean I want be able to find a word or two to add to my internal storage (or at least try). The chosen one in this story is:
garble: to distort unintentionally or ignorantly
Kristy’s garbled sobs are even more annoying now that I know what they mean…