by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
Published by Tantor Audio on April 11, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, New Adult
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It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.
I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days—until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.
I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.
I didn’t expect him to text back.
I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn’t expect to fall for him—all before we even met.
The two of us couldn’t have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract—we consumed each other.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.
This would have been a 4- or 5-star review if the story had ended halfway through. But then the plot took a huge twist, so it’s a 3-star review from me.
Graham is an arrogant jerk. He’s also a successful businessman. When he takes the subway one morning, he accidentally leaves behind his phone, which is found by Soraya. Soraya has a fiery, feisty, tell-it-like-it-is personality. I liked her character a lot (more so in the beginning of the book).
Soraya pokes around Graham’s phone to try to figure out who he is so that she can return his phone to him. She eventually ends up at his fancy office building. Via the intercom on his receptionist’s desk, Graham refuses to come out and see Soraya because she doesn’t have an appointment, he doesn’t know who she is, he’s soooo busy, and as I mentioned, he’s a huge jerk. As revenge, Soraya takes a few sexy pics of herself with his phone and adds herself to his contacts under the name, “You’re Welcome, Asshole,” and leaves the phone with his receptionist. When Graham discovers what she’s done, he’s intrigued. Soon, he and Soraya have a flirtatious exchange going via text and phone.
I loved this first part of the book. There’s a lot of sexual tension before they officially meet and their banter is really funny. But aside from the comedy, there are some tender moments, too. We get to see Graham’s softer side whenever his grandmother is around. Likewise, Soraya’s not as tough as she always seems. She’s sensitive when it comes to family issues because her dad didn’t do the greatest job of being available when she was growing up. I loved seeing these facets of Graham’s and Soraya’s personalities.
I think I would have been happy if the book had ended at 50%. Unfortunately, there’s a doozy of a plot twist in the second half of the book involving Graham’s past and some serious drama. This part of the story was so frustrating to read. I will say, though, that the authors did a fabulous job of making Graham’s ex a conniving character who I had no trouble hating. But I really wish that the book had focused more on Graham and Soraya, rather than becoming this love triangle with huge complications plot. Also, I thought that the resolution at the end, along with the epilogue, wrapped things up a little too easily.
I wish the plot summary would have been a bit more descriptive because I doubt I would have read this if I had known ahead of time that there would be crazy drama. Nevertheless, I was glad that everything worked out in the end, so I’ll say that I still enjoyed the book, but I have mixed feelings about recommending it.
Rating: 3 stars