Published by Hogarth Press on May 30th 2017
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This book is a hot mess. Seriously, the author takes the rich boy falls for poor girl to a whole new level in this book. Falling into lust and then love, this couple has a raw messy romance that isn’t quite a romance in the beginning. Their “chance” encounter starts with sex, then turns to obsession, then love. Those in their lives are confused and conflicted about their relationship. The couple is faced with not only socio-economic issues but issues concerning race as well.
Jamey is a Yale educated with a wealthy father and actress mother. His family looks polished and put together but they are dysfunctional, not loving, friendly or overly nice at all. What they do excel at is control. His parents are divorced but are both on the same page with not wanting their son with Elyse. Jamey’s parents will do whatever they can to stop their son from making what they feel is a mistake by being with Elyse.
Elyse was born to a teenage Mother and grew up in poverty and did not finish high school. She has seen and experienced things growing up that made her tough and street smart. Her emotions rule her and she lives her life with passion. She is not polished or the “girl next door” type. She smokes, she swears, she works in a fish store, and she is not out to impress anyone. She is, in essence, true to herself. Her family is more accepting of her relationship with Jamey.
Their tale is dark, sexy, raw, emotional and twisted. This is not a love conquers all fairy tale romance. Their romance is rough and seedy. They love and want the other and then get sick/upset with themselves for their want and needs. I’ll admit there were times I thought “what the hell am I reading?” This is a raw gritty book. This book is definitely not for everyone. This is not your Mother’s Harlequin romance. Based on the opening sequence of the book, I thought this book was going to end quite differently. Kudos to the Author for pulling that off.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.