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Release Date: September 16, 2019
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Actual Rating: 2 stars
I really wanted to love this book as the subject matter is right up my alley (fathers best friend romance). However, there were many areas in the book that disappointed me. First and foremost, I like a book that SHOWS me the love, the infatuation, and the budding of the relationship. This simply didn't happen. Rather than showing us through actions and declarations we are basically TOLD she loved Grayson from a young age but didn't get to SEE it play out in any way. There is a small flashback at the end of the book but at this point it was too little too late for me as a reader. I wanted to FEEL something and I can only feel it if the authors plays it out through the pages. Sadly, this didn't occur within Entice.
Next, the heroine, River consistently TELLS us she shouldn't have feelings for her dads friend. She acts like a child in her actions towards him and only grows into more adult like behavior towards the end of the book. The whining REALLY got to me... and in the beginning there was a LOT of it. I cannot handle a character who basically stomps her feet to get her way and I honestly felt like the was doing this for the first 60 percent of the book. It annoyed me quickly.
Finally, the romance never really blossomed until the end of the novel. It took SO DAMN LONG for them to finally come together that it felt weird to me. I think there was just something important missing. Perhaps if I felt the angst (that should be there in a forbidden romance) it would have felt more natural to me. However, there just wasn't any. It felt forced, rushed, and basically insincere.
Now, my review is not to bash the novel but I do feel the need to be completely honest in my perceptions of the book even if it isn't always pretty. I want readers to see varying opinions because we all will not like the same books all the time-- this is okay! As you can see, many readers LOVED this book, it just wasn't for me! I hope you'll consider reading other reviews in addition to mine in order to make an informed decision as to whether you'll pick it up yourself!
TROPES: Age Gap, Forbidden, Fathers Best Friend Romance.
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