***This book review contains spoilers.***
Before I go even further, you really should be jumping into this book clueless. I did. Made it more enjoyable.
Jewel Ann can write. I give her that. The story line just didn’t do it for me though. And because it didn’t do it for me, unfortunately it’s not a 4. This is of course my biased opinion. I have the same mindset as Parker. I despise cheating. I have no tolerance for it. So to me, right from the get go, she didn’t exemplify those traits. She flirted with Gus right off the bat. For someone against cheating, you think she would have cooled it or backed away. Also, you can’t base a whole character on despising cheating and have her thinking about hooking up with a married man since Chapter 2. No no no. That’s now how that works.
And sitting here writing this, I realize I can’t be the judgement police. I’ve done a whole lot of stuff on my own that people can judge me on. Feelings are a powerful thing. So now that I’m continuing writing this review, I’ll give it a 4 because it’s just dawning on me that things aren’t so black and white. There’s also gray. Which was a major theme of the book.
“Someone cheated on you, and you’re so fucking mad about it because you can’t understand it. But love is an emotion that resides in your head and your proverbial heart. It has to be nurtured to grow or it dies.”
“I wanted you to acknowledge desire is a drug and no one is immune to its effect.”
“Yeah, life never checks the forecast before it decides to just happen.”
#Truth. That’s all I got to say. I relate wholeheartedly to all the above quotes.
I’m going to summarize the entire book right here. This is a total spoiler. Pretty much Parker falls in love with Gus. A married man. They never fully had an affair aka slept together but they were getting there. Gus felt ignored by his wife, Sabrina. Turns out Sabrina was legit having an affair. Life happens. Gus never makes it to be with Parker. Enter Sabrina’s brother, Levi. Parker falls in love with Levi. Clarifies it’s more in love than she ever felt with Gus. They get married. The end.
That’s what I didn’t like at all to be honest. The instalove. I’m all for instalove. But two instaloves in one book? And so quickly one after the other? You didn’t even let me mourn Jewel Ann. You didn’t even let me acknowledge how big of a loss Gus was because in comes Levi and it’s already being thrown in there where it’s like, oh here we go.
I got Christian Grey vibes from Levi. There was something about him I did not like. I preferred Gus to tell you the truth. And that’s saying something because I hated the cheating story line altogether. I just didn’t care for Levi and his cheesy lines. I was extra guarded with this guy. I’m just like soooo everyone ran away because you were honest? Like, I don’t get it. That’s it?
And then it’s also like, what made Parker so great that it made both Gus and Levi go completely head over heels? She’s an attractive, single 26 year old. I say attractive because that was the main focus for both of them. Other than that, all she did was flirt and be playful and pay attention to them. Any girl can do that. Which is why the instalove is so unbelievable to me. Instalove has to be believable if you’re going to use it. And I refuse to believe that Levi’s whole decision on his life partner was based the fact that Parker would leave his apartment in the middle of the night alone just to get a donut but that’s what Jewel Ann wants me to believe. I MEAN, I CAN LEAVE MY APARTMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT FOR FOOD TOO. Where’s my millionaire boyfriend?
Another thing too. Why is it that every person Parker met had some money to their name. The podiatrist. Gus. Levi. And she was the poor one. It’s like the author wanted her to be saved from her mess of a life with a man with money. Somehow, I don’t believe the story would have the same effect if Levi was poor.
This book wasn’t what I expected, but it was a good, fast read. And it gives you something to debate about after.
My Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Read from January 11, 2018 to January 12, 2018 (2 Days)