Jaded, Ember Leigh
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Het Romance
Length: 252 Pages
Much like the title suggests, the main character Isabella is a jaded gal. She’s had really bad luck in love — god, who hasn’t? — and has done some soul searching that leads her to completely eschew men. As she’s adjusting to the new lifestyle, something her family just doesn’t understand or accept, here comes Luke Peterson, a totally badass hunkathon on repeat who completely challenges both Isabella’s decision to stay single and her ideas about what a healthy relationship looks like.
This was a really sweet romance with a good splash of heat to spice things up a bit.
This was my first book by Ember Leigh and I really enjoyed her writing style. I always prefer duel points of view and it worked really well in this story.
I have to admit that I didn’t really like Luke for a while. I didn’t like the way he and his friends bet on women and how long it would take Luke to bed them, whether the women were made aware of the bet, or not. I didn’t like his attitude towards women either. He was so shocked to discover that someone so beautiful could actually have a functioning brain in that pretty head of hers. I mean, come on Luke, could you be much more of an asshole?
I did warm up to him a little throughout the story. He became much more thoughtful and respectful as he got to know Isabella and I liked how once he fell for her, he went the whole way. He was so sure of what he wanted and he was prepared to do whatever it took to make up for his mistakes and win her heart.
I was never totally in love with Isabella. I liked her at the start but her attitude towards Luke made me want to slap her at times. I completely understand that she had been hurt before, but for crying out loud, I’m surprised Luke didn’t get whiplash from the ridiculously mixed signals she was throwing his way. It was awful. I just wanted her to make up her damn mind and stop messing him around.
For me personally, I didn’t feel like I could rate it any higher because it wasn’t overly memorable. It was light, fun, sweet, sexy and enjoyable, but unfortunately forgettable.
Therefore, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something not too long, pretty much angst-free and a lovely HEA to make you smile.
I look forward to reading more by this author.
This book was provided by Breathless Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.