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Very disappointing. the actual storyline had potential but it was written soooooooooo boringly!! no chemistry between the two characters because of how it was written. Just really bad.
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At an actual 2.75, this book is okay, and the narrator gets a 3.5. Beware that the story includes explicit language and one act of anal sex near the end. There's plenty of other sex included too. Also, there were at least two inconsistencies during the course of the story and believability was a consistent issue for me.
I wish that the author had more of a knack for sensuality instead of just rawness. Serafina and Luca move into sex too quickly for me. Quick connections, attractions are plausible. But, in this story, there was no gradualness in their sex, thus the relationship appears to be only physical, which went against the author’s intent. And moving into sex so quickly makes their quick move into love—when, really, only sex has been a part of their relationship—considerably less believable. It was never clear why they were attracted to each other beyond the one unknowable “something.” But that seems very little to build a relationship on; it’s enough to attract but beyond that, once you get to know each other…heh. So where was the chemistry? Where was the delight in each other beyond the physical? Nothing was present except for good sex. Similarly, Serafina’s very quick inclusion into Luca’s family by his extended family was over-the-top also.
In light of this book’s title, including more of the erotic literature Serafina teaches would’ve been a plus. Having Serafina be a 24-year-old tenured professor who hasn’t completed her doctorate yet seems quite farfetched. I don’t even know the purpose of such an extreme and unbelievable setup. This is especially true considering she never comes across as a 24-year-old; she comes across as older. The excuse is that she was a child genius, which is stated but never evident or apparent presently.
I think Luca was a bit of a dominating ass, with no finesse when dominating in and out of bed. In the way he was portrayed, it seemed to be all about power and not also about desire. It was supposed to be him being protective and show care for Serafina, but it doesn’t come across that way at all most of the time. And it scares Serafina at times. It may have been the way the narrator portrayed him during those moments or a combination of the two. Either way, it didn’t work.
Finally, there is an added element of mystery, but the culprit is obvious. And the author never really tries to add who it likely is. So learning who it is definitely adds nothing to the story. And the two family dramas included are not helpful either. That attention would’ve been better spent adding depth and meaning to the over-sexualized “relationship” in order to make the “all-consuming” love plausible.
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