I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
And with that, I wish I could give it a better one. Diverse cast, cupcakes, fake-dating. It was right up my alley and I went into it hopeful.
For one, the characters aren’t likeable. And that’s not a requirement in a story but when it comes to romance, I would like to like them at least a little bit. Or maybe it was their chemistry I didn’t like. It wasn’t natural, it really did feel forced.
Jada is dyslexic which was really nice to see and Donovan is stiff, rigid so there was relatability to the characters. It ends there though for me. Especially with Donovan.
Part of that comes down to the harried feeling of the timeline of the book. It feels like it happens very fast. A week, two? More like one. And then, there’s the three month epilogue at the end of the book.
Donovan however is literally possessive. I don’t like possessive men. That’s a huge turn off and it’s honestly disturbing to me. Possession isn’t attractive, partners aren’t property. What makes it worse is he’s like this over a woman that he doesn’t really know. They’re fake dating, they don’t know each other all that well, and this is how he acts?
Dude is literally growling at other men? That’s not hot. It’s frightful.
There is also a sex scene and it’s not good. How is it too long and feeling rushed at the same time? I couldn’t really enjoy the writing of the book at all because there are pacing issue more or less throughout the entire thing.
I desperately wanted to like this book but it wasn’t possible. Flat characters, possessive men and characters who also don’t seem to really be into each other because that was not chemistry, I just couldn’t.
So from me, it get’s a one (1) star rating.