It’s probably been at least a year since my last 1-star review, but… WOW, this was awful. As in, the male lead has a “body count” and the heroine neither knows nor cares why. As in, I think he might literally kill someone if they look at his girl the wrong way. And this is after knowing her for a few days… so, yeah. It wasn’t great.
How did I end up reading this hot trash? Yes, I knew it was probably instalove ahead of time, and my rating would’ve reflected that if it had at least been GOOD instalove. This author appears on bestseller lists frequently, and this book is part of a series that one of my favorite authors is involved with, so it was purely out of curiosity that I started reading – and purely out of can’t-look-away fascination that I KEPT reading. It’s easily read in about an hour and is over the top even for an over the top instalove book. No comment on the creepiness of the age/experience gap, and I can’t even say that the steam was overly enticing. If neither the steam nor the storyline are any good, then… what’s the point?
Essentially, this follows Amethyst and “Big” (yes, really) as they meet and fall for each other within an hour of meeting. Big is a big (obviously), tough, 40-year-old man, and Amethyst is a very young woman who has never even been kissed (shocking). They’re caught up in a whirlwind romance when Amethyst’s dad gets involved, and trouble ensues.
The steam encompasses probably about 5 pages of this 100-page story, so if that’s what you’re in it for, well, prepare to be disappointed. It’s not even sexy steam, especially if you’re already laughing at the story. Which I definitely was. Curiosity satisfied, I’ll happily avoid this author’s work next time I see it on the bestseller lists.
Starting my new life in Rosewood Ranch is easily the best decision I’ve ever made. New friends, new job, new everything. But by far the very best part of it all is meeting Amethsyt. She puts the Cherry in Cherry Falls, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get her out of my mind … or heart.
She’s too young for me. Too pure. She doesn’t know about my past. But even though I can throw reason after reason out there for why we can’t be together, I can’t stop myself from claiming her as mine. She’s not meant for a rough man like me, but that won’t stop me.
I’ll protect her from this world, allow her to grow and flourish the way she deserves. That’s my plan. Until she’s taken from me. Until I find out her father’s plans for her. . . But I’ll always find my sweet Amethyst, always keep her safe.
And heaven help anyone, including her own father, who tries to steal her from me.
Now, I know you’re wondering which one of my favorite authors is involved with this series. It’s actually Adriana Locke, and that’s why I was so surprised by how truly terrible this book was. Cherry Falls is a new multi-author series, and Locke is contributing two novellas later this year. I don’t know what to say about that, honestly. I’ve got no idea what those two books are going to be like, but I usually really enjoy her work… so here’s hoping they’re great! We’ll see.
If you want more info about these two, they’re up for preorder on Amazon now and the basic details are included.
608 Alpha Ave. releases in June: https://amzn.to/2LLMW3q
907 For Keeps Way releases in September: https://amzn.to/3sMmEhV
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