Saturday, 5 April 2014
Adam's Apple: Rich Douchebags And The (Annoyingly Beautiful) Women Who (Quickly) Change Them
(ARC given by NetGalley)
Author: Liv Morris
Publishing House: Self-Published
Publication: 28th July 2013
Review written by Lady Entropy
Book 1 of the "Touch of Tantra" Series
Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan. Everything he touches turns to gold, making him the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money is no object, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta that allows him to possess anything or anyone he desires. What more could a thirty-two-year-old man wish for? Maybe that his life never changes and his murky past stays far away... Sounds reasonable, yet life seldom is.
Kathryn Delcour is an alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes who helps others find true sexual fulfillment. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds this complex woman too tempting to resist. He will stop at nothing to have her, yet she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. Kathryn tries to keep him at arm's length, but her arms may not be strong enough to hold the charismatic Adam Kingsley at bay.
The passionate lure of ancient sexual practices, a past that isn't content to remain buried and a present filled with intrigue, danger and revenge. An erotic story sweetened with secrets, seduction, and suspense.
This book hooked me by the concept (and that gorgeous cover): a love interest with obvious flaws (being a player)! A heroine who took no crap from him and enjoyed sex! It was all poised to be perfect.
And it was, at first. Told from the male protagonist POV, the story began with good and strong characterization from both sides. The book was going to get a solid 4 stars if I had stopped there.
But, as I read, it started to feel more like a "revenge piece" than a different and original romance book. After we get told for the 431242th time how beautiful and sexy Kat is, it slowly starts to dawn on you that it feels the author has a revenge fantasy against one of those typical hot guys who "love 'em and dump 'em". This reminded me of a friend of mine so much -- a guy who had nothing but contempt for women in general, but still spent his days lusting for them. His circle of friends tolerated it, but we all agreed that we couldn't wait until he fell in love. Hell, we all wished he'd fall in love with someone who wouldn't love him back, so he could know exactly what he made girls feel like.
So, basically, the book is all about how this player rich boy meets a beautiful woman who wants nothing to do with him, and the more he chases her, the more he wants her.
Unfortunately, for all of her "I don't care for little boys like you", Kat is in bed with Adam before the halfway point of the book, and very much taken by him. So, the rest of the book is spent with Adam waxing lyrics about how beautiful she is, how in love he is with her, sex scenes and the very limp "main conflict" which isn't main at all -- one of Adam's ex partners trying to kill him (I could see the reason coming midway the book, from the moment the guy's fiancée is mentioned). That main conflict is very poorly handled, with Kat becoming a damsel in distress for extra drama.
So no. I really wish I could give this book a better review, but it was a massive letdown. Kat wound up being the best thing in the book, even if I was tired of being told how thin, busty and beautiful she was (also rich). It ends up being a book that plays it way too safe, even if the synopsis promises something far more bold.