on April 26th 2016
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TAHOE ROTH.Irreverent, cocky, playful and naughty.He’s not the guy you date.He’s the one night stand.The one your mother warned you about.The one your body craves.
You’d think the man who called me succulent would want to strip me down and spread me out on his bed—like he’s done with countless others.But he passed on my offer….Just like I’d once passed on his.He’s wary, like I am.He’s broken, like I am.And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.Tahoe and I are strictly friends.So I distract myself with other men.He doesn’t think my new man is good enough. This blond blue-eyed beast doesn’t think any man is—himself included.But the more time we spend together, the more confused I feel.I'm trying to open myself to love.Yet I'm quickly realizing that the only man I want is Tahoe Roth.The one man who will surely break my heart.
So I actually read this book before reading the previous books in the Manwhore series, which was probably a mistake. This book in the series is technically a standalone, but I still think that I would have likely enjoyed this even more if I’d read those books. I definitely plan on going back to those, then maybe I’ll have more of a connection with this, but I honestly doubt that will be the case. I think you’ll probably be more invested in this book if you read the other books in the series. Even if you haven’t, this is still a fairly enjoyable fast paced read that I encourage you to pick up.
The plot is honestly pretty basic. It’s more about the characters than the plot itself. There were some twists thrown in that did make things a little bit more interesting for the readers. I found it be somewhat boring at times, especially when Gina was just going out of her way to find something to dislike and not trust about Tahoe. Ultimately, it comes down to what you enjoy seeing in contemporary romance books. It’s highly likely that you will love everything about the plot. Some things just didn’t work so well for me.
Gina is a reasonably decent character. She’s not my favorite MC by any means. I wanted to shake her so many times throughout the novel. She thought that getting into a relationship with a sweet and stable guy would make her forget about Tahoe. I mean, of course it didn’t work, and it was extremely irritating to see. I get why Gina was so unsure. Tahoe was definitely not shy about his womanizing ways with her. In my mind, it still didn’t rationalize her actions. Don’t get me wrong, she had some positive qualities about her as well. It’s just the negative ones that standout so clearly to me.
As already mentioned, the love interest is a womanizer to say the least. Tahoe never hides this fact from anyone, but he does have a heartbreaking reason for it. He’s protecting his heart by not letting anyone getting too close to him. Truth be told, it’s a classic reason behind why these guys act the way they do, and it’s used in countless romance books. However, I did still find Tahoe to be a very swoony guy that I enjoyed reading about. He’s a charming guy who will do anything for the people that he cares about. I wouldn’t say he’s my favorite book boyfriend, but there’s still a lot to like about his character.
As a couple, these two worked really well together in the end. I won’t lie, it took them a seriously long time to get there. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise since she picks up a pretty longterm boyfriend. I was still surprised that it took until over 80% for them to have sex. I think this was a smart move for Katy Evans to provide for her characters because it allowed for their friendship to build before anything else. It was an unlikely friendship, but one that they both greatly needed. The slow burn just made the sexual tension even more real, and I’m a fan of that.
Was this my favorite contemporary romance that I’ve read here recently? No, but it was still enjoyable as a whole. There was probably more to like than dislike about it. It just wasn’t totally memorable for me, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t completely work for you! I look forward to finally getting around to reading the other books in this popular series.