about 165p. (2007 locations)
Morgan is a 29 year-old 19th Century American Literature professor. There’s a sexual harassment lawsuit going on within her university that is going to bankrupt her department and put her out of a job. As a desperate attempt, she turns to billionaire playboy Blaine… who also happens to be her ex-stepbrother that she hasn’t seen in 13 years.
For starters, the book is not a dark romance, despite being labeled such. The plot is contemporary, the sex is vanilla, and there’s practically no suspense. Either the sub-genre “dark” was used to draw more interest during marketing, or the author/editor has misused the label due to a misunderstanding.
The characters aren’t developed and they’re hard to connect with. Morgan is ok at first. She works hard, she has passion for her job, and is all around a seemingly good person. Blaine starts out as arrogant and when with Morgan, ridiculously immature. I know his intention was to tease her with the whole brother/sister rivalry thing, but it was too much. He even goes so far as to invite Morgan’s own TA to dinner with him and offers her to stay the night at his place all because Morgan denied his dinner invitation. And he ADMITS it is to make her jealous. That’s when I would’ve walked away, but Morgan managed to fall for it. Ugh.
About 75% in, the characters switch their like-ability. Now Blaine is wearing his heart on his sleeve and willing to do anything to get and keep Morgan. Morgan, on the other hand, sees one thing (vague to prevent spoiler), misunderstands it, fails to give Blaine the opportunity to explain and then decides to write a tell-all story trashing him. Be an adult, Morgan, c’mon!
I felt like I was watching a tennis match while reading this. Everything moves super fast and the characters just keep bouncing back and forth. Overall, the book is stilted and hard to relate to. And some of the sex scenes are just awkward.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.