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Series: Inevitability #1
September 7, 2014
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense (Adult)
The day my life took an inevitable detour things got a little crazy.
My name is Essalin Brant, but everyone calls me Essa. I attend a small college in a tiny town, and in my twenty-two years of life I’ve never even traveled outside the state of Pennsylvania. You could say my life is pretty boring. I live by the rules. I’m a good girl and nothing exciting ever happens.
But that’s all about to change.
Enter Farren Shaw. Not only is he older and intimidating, but he’s more sure of himself than any 29-year-old man has a right to be. Did I mention that he’s drop-dead gorgeous? Well, he is. He also happens to be my best friend Haven’s brother. And I would be content with just fantasizing about Farren from afar, but when Haven suddenly goes missing, her gorgeous brother is the only one who believes me when I say she was abducted, even though all signs seem to suggest Haven left town willingly.
I know better, though. As does Farren. So when he asks me to accompany him to search for his sister, I accept.
That’s when the real adventure begins.
Our quest to find Haven takes us across the country. And throughout the time we spend together, I find myself falling for Farren . . . falling hard. He’s everything I’ve ever wanted. But is he really someone I should fear?
Because aside from making me feel things I’ve never felt before, Farren is hiding something. Something big. What could this stunning man be keeping from me? And why? Is Haven’s disappearance somehow connected to his mysterious job?
All I know is that things are about to get real.
Welcome to the Inevitable Detour that has become my life.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
The story started out well enough, and while the whole kidnapping thing wasn’t exactly realistic, it was certainly interesting enough to keep my attention. In fact, for a good while, I was completely into the book and convinced it was going to end up among my favorites. The mystery was intriguing, Farren was hot as all get out, and Essa was easy to relate to. And then it took a turn for… Well, it’s like it turned into fanfiction.
To be clear I usually like fanfiction. I don’t read as much of it as I used to, but it’s still my go-to place for free, fun reads. I’ve followed a handful of fanfic authors into their “real” publishing ventures as well, buying their books when I can’t get free review copies. And with as much as I read, I’ve even accidentally picked up books that I didn’t realize at the time were by former fanfic authors whose work I knew well. But Inevitable Detour took a fanfiction-y turn I don’t like, and it’s got me wondering if this is another case of my not realizing I’m reading the new work of an author I once knew in the fandom.
There’s a tendency in fanfiction for the conspiracies to become so over-the-top, the hero to be invincible lone wolf, the sex to begin to cross into fetish or heavy erotica — I suppose when there are thousands of stories about the same characters, you’ve got to write something more different, more dramatic or whatever, in order to stand out. And that, unfortunately, is exactly the turn Inevitable Detour took. Farren went from mysterious but sweet to something more manipulative, too alpha, and just too much. His cockiness at first was a little annoying, but when Essa’s inner voice began explaining how he was more or less grooming her to be the sexual partner he wanted, that irritation turned to dislike. Essa’s inner monologue was a bit too immature for a college student as well, but she really started to lose me when her thoughts went from self-conscious to completely ignorant — Are my boobs too big? Should I not have waxed down there? Seriously? She’s supposed to be inexperienced, not stupid. Wondering if he liked the way she looked would have been fine, but it’s not like she’d been raised in a convent.
The initially interesting characters became difficult to even like, much less understand, and the whole conspiracy, organized crime aspect of things became so ridiculously convoluted that I found myself rolling my eyes more than wondering what might happen next. I should have bailed at the 62% mark, when an absolutely unnecessary mess of drama tangles itself into what’s really just a kind of sexual assault for… Well, there was really no purpose for it at all in the story. And then, of course, the character seemed to get over it almost instantly, all that disgusting and mortifying detail practically forgotten immediately. Compounding that was when another character, having been rescued from sexual slavery, seems little more than under the weather after her horrific ordeal. The whole thing was handled rather inappropriately in that it was essentially brushed off, and at that point, I realized that no matter what happened next or how the story ended, there was no redeeming it for me.