Monday, October 31, 2011

BoB Read #9: A Year of Living Shamelessly by Susanna Carr

Title:  A Year of Living Shamelessly
Author: Susanna Carr
My Rating: C+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Katie & Ryder
Release Date: October 2009
Publisher: Penguin Group
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Sexual Intensity: hot 

Story Overview:
A red-hot romance of a good girl gone bad-from a winning voice in wickedly fun erotica.
Every year, Katie makes the same New Year's resolution: have an affair with her brother's kinky and wild best friend, Ryder. Every year, she faces the same disappointment. It doesn't help that her good-girl reputation can't stand up to the hot competition, or that Ryder's always seen Katie as just his friend's innocent little sister.

Until Katie makes the first move-and matches him, kink for kink. Because this year, Katie knows what she wants. And she's going to get it.

My Review:
For the past three years, Katie's New Year's resolution has been to have an affair with the love of her life, Ryder. Ryder is her brother's best friend and she has been in love with him for 11 years, but at this point she would be happy to settle with an affair with the hopes of it becoming something more. This year Katie attacked that resolution with an entire makeover. While that has helped her popularity with other guys, it hasn't really affected Ryder on the surface. Now it is December 24th and Katie has found out that Ryder is moving across the world on the 1st, so she has 8 days to convince him that they are a good combination. What she doesn't realize is that Ryder is moving to escape the temptation of her, because he is just as in love with her as she is with him, but he respects the Kramer family too much to make a move on her.

There were moments that this book was really good and it did always stay highly entertaining throughout the entire book. I read it in a single sitting, but it was also really frustrating to read. While I liked the characters, there was a lot of the time, I simply could not understand why they were acting the way that they were.

I liked the premise of this book...on the surface, but it just didn't seem to play out the way that it should. At moments, the characters seemed bi-polar in their back and forth about their relationship and feelings for each other. They are supposedly friends, but they don't know how to read each other at all and the only way for them to get together seems to be through subterfuge. I just couldn't find myself believing the quality of their relationship or their ability to make it last.

It was an entertaining read, but it had the possibilities of being so much better.

1 comment:

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

I'm surprised you rated this so low. I read this book last year and I really liked it. Honestly, if the sex had been toned down, it could have been a chick flick. For some reason, when I look at it like that, all their actions make sense. ;)