Friday, September 23, 2016

1 star-- Too Wild to Tame (Romancing the Clarksons #2) by Tessa Bailey

A review I never thought I'd post. I kinda feel like I've been knocked down on my ass but for the first time I didn't love one from Bailey. Seriously that's something I never thought would happen. But Too Wild to Tame just didn't work for me at all and was a struggle from pretty early on. I'd almost DNFd it at 30% but pushed trough hoping things would turn around but sadly they just didn't for a number of reasons.

Alright, so the quick of it is that Aaron and his siblings are on a cross country trip together and making stops along the way where each needs to do something. For Aaron it's convincing a presidential candidate to give him a chance at joining his team despite his career being in shambles after sleeping with his previous boss's wife. And a chance he gets. Only too late realizing that a wild girl who captivated him the night before was his new boss's daughter.

I just really struggled with this one. I didn't find the characters likable or really see the chemistry or connection between them.

The writing felt clunky and in many places awkward and just didn't flow well which is something I'm not used to when I pick one up from Bailey.

Even the sex scenes failed at keeping my interest this time around. The dirty talk felt rather forced and multiple times I found myself going erg was that supposed to be sexy?

One of the biggest issues I had, though, was the heroine. Who stole $30,000 in donations from her father's political campaign. Because she felt she could put them to better use for her own pet project. And...they just let her. Everyone knew what she'd done and the harshest thing that happened? She was told she could eat dinner with the family and a guest or go to her cottage and eat alone. And that she'll be watched closer from then on out.

Really that's where I should have tapped out. That is utterly ridiculous. She should have been charged and put in jail for stealing 30 fucking grand. She never apologized, didn't return the money and instead used it to support her personal cause which was didn't really feel thought out in it's own right. Instead of anything happening everyone decides that they'd help her cause. So she steals from his constituents and gets exactly what she wants. Typical of our current political scene, I guess, so maybe it was authentic. But it's not a quality I can get behind in a heroine. Oh and another main female character in the book slaps the hero for saying something mean to his brother and he goes "I deserved it".

While I typically love Bailey down to my toes and can't get enough of her books this series and I, obviously, are not meshing quite right. Book one was an okay read for me but with this I think I'll be abandoning this series and holding out for her next endeavors.

By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.

Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .
Challenges: Pick Your Genre (contemporary) | Goodreads

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