I’ve rediscovered something about my bookish reading habits this week and that is that I, Lizzy Baldwin of mylittlebookblog adore trashy romance books. I’m sorry to say it but there are those days where a cosy crime thriller or a riveting historical fiction just do not cut the mustard and whilst I was trawling my local library for something to read this just, called to me really. Trash or not (and I mean that in the nicest way possible) I bloody loved this book, although the cover caused a couple of second glances on the bus. Without further ado: REVIEW.
When a guy like Matthew Fisher, who’s always played the field meets a woman like Dee Warren, who’s been burned too many times to count, it’s anyone’s guess if either will end up… tamed.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player and they fall in love, player changes his ways. It’s a good story. But it’s not my and Dee’s story. Ours is a lot more colourful. When I met Dee I knew right away that she was special. When she met me she thought I was exactly like every other guy who’d screwed her over and let her down. It took some time to convince her otherwise, but it turns out I can make a convincing argument when sex is at state. You may think you know where this story’s headed. But the best part isn’t where we ended up. It’s how we got there.
So the book follows the bumpy relationship between banker Matthew and the rocket scientist (yes you read that correctly) Dee. Tale a little clichéd? Yes and no. This story is told entirely from Matthew’s point of view and I adored that. Often when we read romance genre books they are told from a female stand point but this takes the male side and I liked that. I must admit the plot isn’t terrible original but it does take the line that Matthew throughout is totally smitten with Dee and although a little bit of a player who does change his way the focus is on her and her inability to let him in which I liked.
It’s the kind of book that’s a bit, I can’t think of the word, laddish? There are frequent mentions of his cock, Dee is a stunning human being that tends to wear very few clothes and of course has bloody fantastic breasts, but I did mention that it is a little trashy. But I liked it for it; there is swearing, clichés, the side-stories that threaten to tear this relationship apart but that’s what pulled me in. This is perfect, no thinking, but an interesting tale to read.
I think the characters are really well drawn-up which allows the plot-line to slacken a little. Matthew is your perfect player. He is attractive, has a terribly toned six-pack and is well endowed in the, *coughs.* He is however also a gentleman and his want to cater to Dee’s needs is genuine and authentic. He is a little hot-headed which allows him to clash with the wonderful Dee. Our female protagonist I thought was brilliantly written; moody, stubborn and a tiny bit crazy she is a mismatch of different emotions. I found her refreshing, sweet and a little kooky. Although we don’t get to get as close as we do to Matthew I enjoyed reading about her. Additional characters such as Drew, Kate and Billy are given just enough character profiling to spin weaving side-stories which is important to give the tale ebb and flow.
The writing isn’t particularly complex but it is detailed and it does entertain. There are a number of truly sweet moments and then raging sex scenes which I for one couldn’t complain about. The plot does move with pace and manages to stack quite a lot in despite it not being a terribly long book and I liked the suspense created through the linking of Kate and Drew. No, it’s not going to rock your world, it’s not going to make you want to scream *Goddamn it everyone should read TAMED* from the rooftops but it is the perfect, get in the bath with a bottle of wine and lie there reading till the water gets cold and you have pruney fingers- kinda book. Yes it is.
I feel bad saying this book is trashy because it is and it isn’t. Maybe I should have said it’s not a complicated book, or maybe I should just say, if you’re ever feel like urgh I don’t want to read something that makes my brain fall out of my head this is your book. It’s uncomplicated, juicy writing at its best and I for one adored it.
Tick, checks off another square in the Summer Reads Bingo Square (A book with a one-word title)