Series: Lies & Leather #1
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Motorcycles, New Adult, Romance
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Twenty-one-year-old Karlie Augustine is a survivor. She’s smart and tough, but she’s in too deep with a bad boyfriend who isn’t above breaking her spirit—or her body. Luckily, help arrives in the form of a leather-clad, motorcycle-riding hunk on the right side of the law. Lucas Lafontaine is pure muscle, a Corpus Christi cop who ignites something primal deep within Karlie. And when he offers her room and board in exchange for housekeeping, she finally starts to feel safe again.
As their arrangement turns deliciously decadent, Lucas gets hooked on Karlie’s killer body and fighting spirit. He wants to heal the pain he sees behind her eyes, but to protect her he needs to keep her close, especially now that her psycho ex won’t take a hint. Even as Lucas fights his own battle for custody of his young son, he knows that what he’s found with Karlie is real—and that he’d do anything to protect the woman he wants to take to the finish line.
So this book had everything in it that should have made me love it, a jerk of a ex, a knight in shining armor (in the form of a cop), and motorcycles. Alas, it was not meant to be. I just didn’t fall for this book the way I was hoping I would. There is nothing wrong with the book it just didn’t do anything for me, and I will try to explain why.
First off, I don’t like instant love. I think I have made that clear over the past few months, it’s just not believable, and when something isn’t believable, I stop caring about the characters, I know it’s harsh, but it is what it is. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but this book wasn’t one, mostly because the book moved so fast I barely had time to catch my breath let alone make an exception for instant love.
The other part of the problem was the pacing for me. It felt like this book was set on hyperdrive. I mean Karlie and her abusive boyfriend break up, and literally like minutes later she is agreeing to move in with a guy she just met and knows nothing about. These two know each other for next to no time at all before they fall for each other. It was all just so fast. Yes, I know, there are plenty of relationships out their that develop fast, but this one just didn’t work for me.
I also kind of thought that Lucas was kind of wishy washy in terms of personality. There are moments where he seems to be on the bit controlling side, but then as the book goes on its like he lost that part of his character without really much of an explanation. He also has a really judging cousin, who seems to be won over by talk of good food.
There is an interesting storyline regarding Karlie’s past, which is both sad and angering at the same time. Honestly I thought that was the best part of the story, not the romance or the relationships with friends, but Karlie’s backstory.
I really wanted to like this book, but it wasn’t for me. I do think there is an audience for this book though, so if you don’t have a problem with instant love (and I know a lot of you out there love it) then this book is one you might want to consider checking out.