- Marilyn Faith
- Release Date
- April 2016
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
He loves sex.
She is trying to avoid the male species.
He never cares who he sleeps with.
She is cautious.
Monogamy is a bad word to him.
Monogamy is what she wants.
With her mind saying one thing, and her body saying another, she finds herself wanting to know just what makes this sexy male the attraction women can't resist.
Just when they thought they reached a common ground, both their pasts resurface, adding complication to the mix of confusion.
Will they have what it takes to survive the storm brewing?
Book Review by Vixhen (reviewer)
Jul 07, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
149 people found the following review helpful
When Raine "RJ" Jagger met River Liam Callahan, sparks flew. As the ultimate player, he was completely caught off guard by the feelings she elicited. Coming out of a bad relationship, she knew he was trouble from the word go, but the attraction was undeniable. Against her better judgment, RJ takes the plunge into waters that she knows have been muddied by others. She sees beyond River's reputation and opens her heart to him.
River knows that RJ wants a man whom she can trust, and he's bound and determined to be that guy. For the first time in a long while, he's thinking about forever, and he knows RJ is the one. But can the sins of the past remain buried long enough to let these two live out their fairy tale or are they doomed to fail before they even really start?
This book is written from the POV of both the male and female lead, which was a little confusing at times. The story moved rather quickly and it seemed as if every conceivable relationship roadblock was thrown at this couple. While the sex scenes were hot, there were far too many for my liking. I would have liked more story, and more development of River and Raine's relationship. Sure, it's possible for a player such as River to find that one woman who makes him want to change, but in this story it seemed to happen overnight. I just didn't buy the fact that River was willing to change his entire MO for a woman who wouldn't give him the time of day. Also, Raine's passive/aggressive way of dealing with him drove me insane. One minute she's telling him to sod off and the next, they're in a lip lock. Girl – make up your mind!
All in all, this was an okay book. It just didn't pack the punch I'd hoped.
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Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jul 25, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
148 people found the following review helpful
Drama, sex. Drama, sex. Drama, sex. The end.
Manwhore River Callahan lives a charmed life. With a penthouse in Chicago, a high-powered career and women lining up to be his next stress reliever, the man is pretty damn happy. When he meets bartender Raine Jagger, his world tilts on its axis, and his sole focus becomes getting in her pants. It turns out Raine is more than just a hot chick though, and the two of them find themselves falling hard and fast. But between psycho former hookups, a BFF's insane sister and a former fiancée who doesn't know the meaning of "no," there may be nothing River and Raine can do to make their fragile relationship work.
Sigh. This book started off so promising with its kick-ass opener, but it quickly turned into a lesson in patience as I struggled to plow through it. The first 1/4 of the book was like Groundhog Day, set on repeats of River pushing Raine to hook up, Raine giving mixed signals, River retaliating by hooking up with someone else (causing bitches to act all cray) and Raine lamenting her attraction to the slutty dude. The next 2/4 is nothing but sweaty, hot, raunchy, cheesy sexcapades (a handstand? Really?). Then we had some ninja moves, another psycho woman scorned and too many instances of "Riverrrrrrrrrr!" and "Fuckkkkk!" and "Yesssss!" to count. And the last quarter of RENDERED SPEECHLESS is just a clusterfuck of angry people saying the same thing over and over. I feel confident in saying that this is the angriest book I've ever read.
Their love story just didn't make sense to me, given Raine's insecurities and River's constant need for sex with anything with tits, their relationship didn't stand a chance. But wait! Suddenly, River is a reformed man! No more women! No more anonymous hook ups! Devoted and loving and judging anyone who cheats! Any chemistry between them felt more teeth grinding than arousing. I did like the friendship between River and Jay (though the jury's still out as to whether they met at Howard University or Harvard University…wonder if they switched schools…and races). Too bad Jay's sister's storyline was absolutely unnecessary to the story, only serving to add a random suspense element that made zero sense. To make matters worse, this book just would.not.end. 313 pages felt like 3013 pages as I found myself skimming through the myriad of erotica and psychotic bitches within this story. Gaah!
Bottom Line: I'm legit confused by the rave reviews of RENDERED SPEECHLESS. Skip this stinker.
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