by Leslie McAdam, Lex Martin
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on May 2, 2017
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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I'm known for being formal. Meticulous. Professional.
So you’d never suspect I spend my nights photographing my impressive junk for a NSFW blog. Don’t roll your eyes. I’m not bragging. I have millions of followers who’ll tell you they live for my posts.
I’m like a superhero, saving humanity one dick pic at a time.
Except leading a double life means I need someone to help me protect my anonymity, so that no one, especially my family, ever discovers my online celebrity.
When I call one of the most respected law firms in town, I expect quality legal advice and confidentiality. Not a sinfully sexy attorney whose dangerous curves and soul-piercing gray eyes make me want to personally demonstrate my particular skill set.
I shouldn’t be tempted.
Especially when she knows all of my best-kept secrets. But everyone has a breaking point. And I’ve met mine.
All About the D by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam is tough to review. I flew through the first half and loved it. Then the story goes into drama llama territory and I found the second half plodding at times. It was disappointing since the book starts out fun and sexy, but the tone of the book shifts quite drastically. Add to this a resolution that seemed, to me, unbelievably wrapped up and rushed, and unfortunately this was just an okay read overall.
By day, Josh is a successful architect who runs his own firm. He comes from the wealthy, prominent Cartwright family in Portland, OR, including a brother who’s running for Senate. By night, Josh is the faceless but notorious guy behind All About the D, a NSFW blog that showcases Josh’s impressive anatomy in humorous and unique photos.
Josh started the blog after his best friend dared him to. Over time, though, the blog has grown in massive popularity, gaining Josh millions of followers and more recently, the offer of a sponsorship deal from a leading adult novelty manufacturer. It’s that prospective business venture that makes Josh realize that he needs a good attorney. He needs to ensure that the contract is lucrative, but more importantly, he must retain his anonymity–and protect his family from humiliation, if his identity was ever revealed.
Evie is a contract attorney and works for the prestigious law firm that Josh contacts. After he explains his complex situation, Evie checks out his blog and is obviously impressed. But more than that, she’s intrigued: what kind of guy would run a blog like this–where he’s literally exposed for millions to see–but also want to ensure his anonymity and privacy?
The story gets kind of complicated at this point. There’s clearly an attraction between Evie and Josh. For obvious ethical reasons, they can’t get involved sexually since she’s potentially going to be his attorney. But a series of events takes place where they think she won’t end up taking his case, so they do get involved, but then the firm does take his case, so they have to back off…you get the idea.
There’s a lot of push and pull, along with a constant We Shouldn’t But We Can’t Help Ourselves mentality. Additionally, as much as Evie loves Josh’s blog, she can’t help but become jealous about his scores of fans (both female and male, but it’s the female ones that bother her the most) and she succumbs to more than one moment of impulsive jealousy. Combine all this with the inevitability of Josh’s identity being revealed–I can’t imagine a scenario where this wouldn’t have taken place–and the second half of the story falls pretty flat for me.
What I loved about the first half of the story is the playfulness and absurdity of Josh’s blog to begin with. He Photoshops himself in silly yet sexy ways and that’s what’s so fun about it. But when he and Evie start to get serious, eventually something’s got to give. You just know that there’s no way that this situation can be sustainable if either of them hopes for a long-term relationship.
As for the resolution, I found it highly implausible. Despite the fact that both Evie and Josh have disaster rained down on their respective heads, everything just sort of Magically Works Out in the end, both personally and professionally. I had a lot of trouble believing that ending, which is too bad since I did love the first part of the story so much.
Rating: 3 stars