Author: Penelope Douglas
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Cheers Factor: 3/5
Pairing: Young Summer
I know this book doesn’t really take place during the summer, but I like the vibe of reading it during the summer so here we are.
-1 ½ oz vodka
-½ oz agave nectar
-3 slices of a fresh nectarine
-about a glass of white wine (or more it’s a choose your own adventure)
-ice (enough for a slushie)
-Combine vodka, agave, nectarine, wine and ice in a blender
-Blend baby blend
-Pour into glass of choice and optional garnish with a slice of nectarine
“People have worked to make you think you’re not worthy of their attention.”
Take a Shot: Jordan is alone on her nineteenth birthday in a movie theatre when by happenstance she ends up meeting this sweet and sexy older man. However, things get turned upside down when she realizes he is her boyfriend’s dad and they both have to move in with him. Cue the sexual tension when Jordan’s boyfriend starts to distance himself because he doesn’t have the best relationship with his dad. Then the real fun begins in this age gap, spicy romance.
It was pretty bland in its descriptors. Also we never really see the characters anywhere else besides the house and their respective locations of work. I kind of wish we had gotten to see Jordan interact in some sense in her college classes or with more kids her own age besides her really creepy ex boyfriend.
I really didn’t feel connected to any of these characters to be honest. There wasn’t inherently anything wrong with them, I just didn’t feel like they were that believable as real people to be quite honest.
Plot and Themes
This is the part I have been waiting to talk about because truthfully there was 350 some odd pages of little to no plot. Now, I am a huge fan of a good sexy spicy romance where there isn’t much plot, but I didn’t get that either. I found myself feeling like I was halfway done with the book and had nothing to show for it in terms of events that had happened and that to me was my first inclination that I shouldn’t finish the book. For the record, I did, but I sort of didn’t want to.
I had really high hopes for this one because I had heard amazing things about Penelope Douglas and had seen a lot of people post about this book in general across my socials, but it really fell flat for me personally. I’m not sure whether it was that I had a lot going on personally so I didn’t invest as much emotionally as I would have if I had been less distracted. However, it is what it is. The way I feel after reading this is a little how I felt after reading The Cruel Prince series where I’m not overwhelmed with passion for it, but can understand why others are.
“I should thank you, actually. I’ve been trying for years, it seems, to be the kind of woman I admire and all of a sudden I feel like I am that woman now. I know I’m worth it. You’re just not.”
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I don’t really even know where to start, but I want to reiterate that I thought this would be a fun spicy book and it was not. Sure there was some spice, but like minimal compared to what I felt I was led to believe there would be. And that disappointed me. If I’m halfway through a book and no one has kissed yet and I was promised it was a romance I’m gonna be angry. You can try to convince me all you want that it’s a slow burn, but there was NO burn. A slow burn is like watching Lydia and Styles fall in love over the course of SEASONS of a tv show. But the key part is fall in love. I felt like Pike and Jordan weren’t really falling in love and spent half the time just existing. Like this was one bad turn from being a weird porno without the sex and just the bad acting. Excuse my french and that’s not meant to be offensive, but really.
I am excited to read more of Penelope Douglas because I have heard some of her other books are definitely worth the read, but now I’m somewhat second guessing that given that my first read of hers wasn’t up to par in my book. However, try I must and try I will. Stay tuned for my next Penelope Douglas after I go wash the realistic fiction romance from my brain in exchange for some form of high fantasy romance.
“I can’t love you. I don’t love you, do I? It’s an impulse. That’s what he’ll say. He’ll say I’m a kid. He’ll say it’s not real. I love you.”
Each book here at Cheers&Chapters is rated based off of certain categories that are genre specific, however every book will get a Cheers Factor. The Cheers Factor is how much we wanted to raise our glass while reading it. So get your glasses ready and cheers!