Until you by Jeannie Moon
Published by Tule Publishing on March 17th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.
It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.
However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky.
But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.
So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.
And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Mmmhhh… ok, Until You is one of those books that is hard to rate.
Why do you ask? Because it had some things I really enjoyed, I few I didn’t, and quite a bit that left me rolling my eyes, scratching my head or plain thinking that was just ridiculous.
I’m rating it 3 stars so all in all the good balances out the not so good. I really liked the storyline but I just felt it could have been executed a little differently. So, let’s get right into it.
The setting of the story: Kate is a recently divorced 40-year-old English teacher/successful thriller novelist. David is almost 30 and a famous hockey player/man-whore. They meet, not by chance but because of a bet and have a romantic dinner and spend a hot, HOT night in Kate’s hotel room.
They get really into each other, he calls for a second date but when he finds out about the 10 years age difference he runs for the hills like an asshole, then grows a pair and decides to win her back. She is all insecure about his reputation and his past. Cue a very tedious back and forth when he chickens out, she chickens out, they both screw up and then apologize, ad nauseam.
While their love thing is ongoing, there’s a lot of other things, that are not mentioned at all in the blurb, that take the stage. Some, I think, might be a trigger for some people. Kate has a teenage daughter that hates her guts, but not because she was a bad mother but because her ex-husband (and father of her daughter) is a fucking prick. He was abusive: verbally, emotionally and as it turns out even physically during their entire relationship. He is a manipulative and controlling bully, a cheater and over the top sleazeball. Now, this is one of the things that put me off the book. The ex was just too much. He not only cheated on her for over 10 years, made his daughter aware of it while turning her against her mother by filling her head with crap about how she didn’t want her but his mistress did. When he finally divorce’s Kate, he starts suing for custody, alimony (because Kate is a famous writer, as in, best-sellers) and whatever other absurd thing you could think about. Basically, the guy is unbelievable… and I mean that literally, it was just too much.
Another topic that is not mentioned on the blurb (I guess because it could be argued that it gives away a bit of the plot) but I know for certain it’s a trigger for some women is that View Spoiler »Kate gets pregnant after their first night together but then loses the baby just after the first trimester « Hide Spoiler.
In between all this, David finally gets it right and they’re together.
Laura, Kate’s daughter, starts to realize the truth about her Daddy and her relationship with her mother little by little begins to heal and grow, but at the same time, she has issues of her own that add to the overall angst count of the book.
I loved David, he was sweet, hot, but immature and we could see him trying to get his head around the fact that he had grown up.
Kate had some good things going on for her, but all her insecurities started getting on my nerves real soon, some of the choices and the reasons behind those I could get, hypothetically, but to me, some of it just felt too much.
The daughter situation I felt was overplayed too. It could have been made a little bit more “real” feeling.
The ex-husband/mistress thing was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over the top, yes as in there’s not enough space for the a’s OTT.
As I said there was a lot of other stuff going on all the time besides Kate and David’s romance, at times it felt like “let’s toss something else at them, we don’t want them to get bored” fabricated angst. At the same time, the last few chapters dragged a little, I felt it could have been wrapped up sooner.
But the worst for me was that after all of this, there was NO EPILOGUE. Ms. Moon, after all you put them (and me) through, the least you could have given me is the knowledge that they got their baby.
After putting all this in writing, I’m thinking I can’t really rate this 3 stars. I’m leaning to a 2.something… but I’m going to give the Author the benefit of the doubt. Although it felt like this dough needed a lot more kneading I liked the flavor, so I’ll be sticking with the 3 stars… maybe. Nope, sorry.
Rating: 2.5 Stars
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