She is still naïve
and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick
But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing
that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s
desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never
been told no.
Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her
mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their
sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the
lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is
her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs
off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also
getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll
never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may
never uncover but even knowing all of that…
Blaire just may have fallen
This book was dangerously close to a DNF for me. I wasn’t too angry, I think it only cost 99 cents. But I recall thinking that the writing was so bad that reading it as a kind of joke saved me from wanting to bang my Kindle against my head.
What we have here is a halfway decent story concept, one dimensional characters, a “big secret” that is about as subtle as an anvil, and some of the worst writing I have ever encountered. (Also? Slut-shaming!) Normally I wouldn’t even bother with a review, but after seeing hundreds of five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads I had to speak out.
So we have Blaire, a nineteen year old girl whose mom just died of cancer. She had to sell their house to pay for medical bills, and her deadbeat father didn’t even show up to the funeral. Alone, with no money and no place to live Blaire called her father and he told her she could come live with him and his new wife. The book starts out with Blaire showing up on her step-brother’s doorstep. Turns out the house is his, and he’s crazy rich, good looking, and every cliché ever about a hot older jaded guy. Her father isn’t even there, having gone off to vacation with his new wife, never even mentioning his promise to Blaire. I couldn’t help but feel sympathetic for the girl. She literally walks in on a party being thrown by her step brother Rush who informs her she can stay, but only for a little while, and takes her to a small room off the kitchen.
At first I liked Blaire; she’s pretty damned plucky for someone whose life sucks. She decides to make the best out of her situation and get a job and save money to find her own place… Then the book becomes a train wreck of epic proportions.
We all know Blaire and Rush are destined to fall in love, even though he is a complete douschebag and Blaire walks in on him having sex out in the open not once, but TWICE in the first half of the book. But oh no! He’s cute, misunderstood, and makes Blaire tingle in all the right places. Blaire ends up with a job at some exclusive club, delivering drinks on a golf course and we get treated to a bunch of men (and friends of Rush) who do their best to insult and sexually assault poor Blaire. But our plucky girl handles it all with aplomb, and seems to be on her way to having enough money stashed away to make her escape from Rush’s house. (And I have to mention here that she makes “friends” with her boss’s daughter, who is also a drink girl, but is always in trouble for fucking the guests in the bushes. Blaire likes her, even though she is a complete slut and Blaire disapprove of her life choices. Yeah, this is the same girl who sees her step-brother pounding girls all over his house and gets jealous. I have no words.)
By this point I want to stop reading, but keep going anyway. Rush, after finding out that Blaire is subsisting on peanut butter sandwiches, decides to be kind to Blaire and tries to feed her. It’s as awkward as it sounds:
“If you want to stay here, Blaire then move upstairs now. Then come down here and eat something out of my motherfucking fridge while I watch.”
Creepy much? At this point Rush and Blaire have made out a few times, we learn that Rush has a tongue piercing, and Blaire is contemplating her virginity. I now hate all of these characters and hope they all die in a fire, but no that would be too kind.
On and on this goes, Rush has a mean sister who hates Blaire and goes out of her way to make her life miserable. She is nothing more than a cartoon villain and the big secret that everyone but Blaire is aware of was so obvious I have to wonder why the author even bothered. Stilted dialogue, bad sex scenes, and horrible editing make for a perfect storm of suck:
I pulled my knees up so I could wrap my legs around his waist and he began to tremble. “Are you close, baby?” he asked in a strained voice.
“I think,” I replied, feeling the building inside of me.
I should hope she would feel a building inside of her. And this is just one example of the poor writing. After the torture of reading this book I could only feel relief and a need for a shot of tequila. And then my Kindle kindly pointed out that this was the first book in a series. There isn’t enough liquor in the world. Ugh.