March 7, 2014

Book review: Dane

Goodreads synopsis
Bad boy, Dane MacKenzie, is coming home to Surrender, Montana. It's been ten years since he left the woman he loved behind to make a name for himself, and now he's bound and determined to claim her once and for all.But Charlotte Munroe has no desire to welcome home the Prodigal Son with a fatted calf. The bitterness of Dane's betrayal runs deep, and she has no plans of letting him back into her life. Especially since she's trying to protect the son Dane isn't aware exists from heartbreak, since she's sure he's only going to walk out of their lives again.

Another freebie off Amazon by author with amazing ratings was a reeeeeeeally short read. I didn't even realize it's so short (51 pages). I also didn't realize it's supposed to be erotica (I have a bit of a no-no policy towards that despite some books being well done and interesting). I have a bad habit going after free books. I just bought it; it had a good rating and I had two of Hart's other novels already that looked nothing like this. I should have known - the cover! Anyway, I thought I might as well read it, 50 pages is a piece of cake.
Well, this one proved me right about erotica. It was super fast - one moment you have a chat, the next you have animalistic sex. I really didn't enjoy the fast pace of the story. It stared off nicely, with a slow description of a man returning home. I was quite impressed by the writing style because despite being typical for romance books, it was engaging and light, and promising as well. It went donwhill from there.
We had typically gorgeous and perfect characters that went into a fight the moment they saw one another. They had this crazy passion about them that neither could control. They went from a fight to heavy petting in a span of two sentences and then had a passionate encounter on the desk of the office. It was so stereotypical, so cliché I almost rolled my eyes out of my head.
It was also very coarse and I honestly don't know how that can be found sexy. And I am really not that squeamish, and I curse like a sailor myself, but I still didn't feel too comfortable with the F bombs and their extended family in the writing. It could have been more tasteful, a bit longer, and the story would have been a rawr. Sadly, it failed there.
Not to mention the oh-I-am-such-a-badboy-here-let-me-right-all-the-wrongs-I-ever-made-and-show-you-I-am-actually-a-big-soft-goodie-two-shoes guy and I-am-so-gorgeous-and-fu*kable-but-I-held-out-10-years-just-for-you-fighting-guys-off-to-show-you-how-virtuous-I-am gal and you know it's a mess.
The characters in general were so lame. No depth, no flaws, NOTHING. They were there, all perfect and shiny, not defined at all. Kinda like a cardboard outline. Tasted like one, too. It was all so simple and nondescript, so fast and hurried. This could have been a relatively good romance novel, but it went south with the execution.
I'd actually understand this if a guy wrote it. Kind of. But this was like the highly unrealistic (like there's any other) porn in ink. I am still shuddering. It was absolutely too short, and if it had some more drama mixed in, maybe some actual nice romance, not just bang-your-brains-out-and-call-it-romantic, it would have been a good read. And I know it's a novella but I am just not impressed.


  1. Ugh, I really dislike books like that. I have no idea why erotica books are so popular lately. It's just not something I'd want to read about, especially if there's nothing else to the plot but sex.

    BTW, you should have known better :D the cover says it all :D

    1. I know! I am so naive and also sucker for free books :P

  2. I have been known to start reading a kindle freebie and not realize it was erotica until the sexy times start. It is always a bit of a shocker.