MisTaken by Laurelin McGee
Series: Miss Match #1.5
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Previously published in the anthology, Hot Alphas, MisTaken is now available as a standalone novella!
Jaylene Kim is an independent woman who's never had a man tell her what to do. But when her smolderingly hot and mysterious neighbor introduces her to a few new rules in the bedroom, Jaylene must learn to relinquish control...if she is to run wild with passion...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
MisTaken was not what I expected it would be. For a novella, I was astounded by how long it took me to finish it. This took me by surprise as I thoroughly enjoyed Laurelin Paige’s book First Touch. Noticing this book was co-written by Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee, my curiosity piqued and I was quick to put my hand up to read it. It does delve into BDSM, but in a light and non-confronting way. I agonised over how to write this review, understanding what didn’t work for me could very well be the reason someone else gravitates to a book.
The biggest hurdle I struggled with was I didn’t connect with the main characters, Jaylene and Noah. Jaylene came across as indecisive and Noah evasive. Jaylene, a strong feminist, was so caught up in her personal ethics she allowed it to overrule her choices. She entertained short inner battles about how to deal with a potential relationship that went against her principles. When Noah asks her to consider his point of view, he does so in a way not to coerce her rather justify his stance on the matter. The self-questioning and inner dialogue frustrated me when they arose.
The first scene didn’t divulge a lot of information and set the tone of the writing. Revelations come through to both the reader and characters simultaneously. I usually enjoy this style, trying to figure out the unknown before it is revealed but I didn’t feel drawn to do so with this book. It was the inner monologues and pontificating about opinions that distracted me to the point I was frustrated. For two people who had a lot in common, it felt strange they were so reserved at times.
I’ve noticed a trend with romance novels of late, where the heroine is an avid reader. It was an instant connection to begin with but it now is starting to come across as an easy way to have the reader to associate with the heroine. There were many references to books found on Noah’s bookshelf, relevant considering Jaylene is an English teacher but it again felt overdone.
The emphasis on commonality was the focus of this story but rather than add to the romance it drove it. At times, the story came across as an exposition rather than a romance. Trouble is, when I’m reading a novel I am in the mood for escape, whether that be through fantasy, drama, suspense, romance or even horror, I don’t want to be focusing on why I’m reading it.
What readers will enjoy is this is a complete story and there’s a preview of the next book to come, MisMatched, featuring Andy and Lacy, who were secondary characters in MisTaken. Undecided whether I would continue with this series although the premise of Andy’s story has me thinking…
Lily’s Rating: 2 Stars
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