Series: Curvy Assignments #1
Publication Date: March 2, 2015
Publication Date: March 2, 2015
Source: Provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
I really liked this book as the writing was really good and the pacing was spot on. The first half of this book really rocked and I enjoyed where (I thought) it was going. But I was thrown for a loop about halfway in and it wasn't really in a good way.
I liked the leading lady Ariana as a character but not necessarily as a woman. I loved that she was curvy and not all thin and shit, but her life choices were the WORST. First, she was dating and living with the ultimate dickhead of all time, Julius. I mean, this guy was everything that is wrong with men and more and I literally hoped that at some point in the book he would be stampeded by buffalo. I couldn't understand why Ariana would stay with this fucker just because her parents would disown her otherwise. My parents would have to just go on ahead and do it. There's no way in hell I'd spend my life with a total asshole for an inheritance. But then again I'm not in that situation so who's to say really. Secondly, the lies she let build up as the story went on. OMG. Why!? So many opportunities to make things right and she just couldn't do it. That was pretty annoying.
I loved Ariana's BFF, Gia. She was brutally honest and she just didn't give a damn about anything. She was who she was and you were either going to love it, or fuck all the way off. And who Gia was, was a sex therapist with a minor in BDSM, haha. I loved her and she's just the type of best friend every girl needs in her life. The one who will tell you when you're being an absolute idiot and to get your shit together. Again, I loved her and how she got a kick out of embarrassing Ariana at every opportunity. It was hilarious.
Besides Julius, Ariana's parents were also a couple of people who I wanted to see standing in the street when the buffalo came through. The mother was a bitch from beginning to end, but her father? Now he took me by surprise. I didn't understand how he could go from defending Ariana against her mother and Julius in the beginning of the book, to flat out threatening her at the end. It blew my mind.
The plot was a good one as far as smexy romances go. Ariana was an author who had been tasked by her agent to depart from her clean romances and take a walk on the dark side. To write her first erotica, Gia suggests she actually participate in the things she wants to write about. That's where Zane comes in. As HAWT as he was, he seemed a bit too good to be true sometimes. He was the ultimate hard knock life success story and for some reason I just thought he wasn't very realistic. Not saying that he had to be. Most romances have these dreamy alphas that don't exist in real life and I guess that's just the way of things. But whatevs! I really liked Zane, regardless and thought his reaction to Ariana lying to him was very realistic. It's how any sane person would have reacted and this was all good with me. I thought the sex scenes between them were hot though one place the act went down was questionable. But overall I was feeling it and think the author has a knack for it.
A good read if you're looking for an interesting romance with a side dish of freaky. Be prepared to be pissed the hell off though as there is just no way you won't be. But you'll still enjoy this book I think. I recommend it!