My Despicable Ex by Sierra Rose
Series: The Ashly Roberts Saga #1
Publisher: Dark Shadows Publishing on December 16, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
She thinks he’s despicable. He wants her back…with a vengeance.
Ashly Roberts and Jake Connors are barely twenty when they decide to take the proverbial plunge and walk down the aisle to exchange vows in front of the dearly beloved. Basking in bridal bliss, Ashly feels she is living the perfect fairytale, until she’s faced with a runaway groom, dumped at the altar by bad-boy fiancé, Jake Connors.
Five years later, Jake steps back into her life, realizing that being a no-show for their nuptials was the worst mistake of his life. A little older and slightly more mature, he is ready to fight for Ashly’s love once again. When Ashly sees him, she can’t deny the attraction she feels, but her hormones are overruled by the horror of what he did to her in the past. Nevertheless, Jake’s most potent weapon, those dazzling baby blues, ignites a spark in Ashly, no matter how angry she wants to be. She cannot deny the spark, and she only hopes the inferno it ignites will not consume her heart again.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
The cover for this book is all wrong — as evidenced by the author having to include the disclaimer “this is not erotica” with the synopsis. Since most people make a decision based on the cover before even glancing at the synopsis, I can’t help but wonder how many of her target readers are passing it up.
The book started out with so much promise, and I was dying to see what would happen with the jilting groom showed up in Ashly’s life. However, that all fell apart when the rest of the mismatched plot unfolded.
Ashly was actually pretty realistic in her excitement for the wedding, devastation when it didn’t happen, and bitterness after the fact. But Jake was so two-dimensional and under-developed that I began wondering what Ashly ever saw in him in the first place. Then there was the contrived twist.
Ashly’s mother dies, leaving $25M each to Jake and Ashly — on the condition that they travel the world together and provide photographic evidence of their time at various destinations. Ashly doesn’t take the bait until her business is conveniently denied a loan, and then she has no choice. What follows is like a travel show narrated by the most annoying former couple ever. Ashly was guarded, and Jake was too whiny with his hollow apologies. I tried to get through it and planned on grabbing book 2, but after a while, it was just too disappointing. The characters lacked depth, the plot was a bit on the ridiculous side (and this is coming from someone who saw nothing ridiculous about venomous vampires who sparkle!), the lust lacked chemistry, and the way-too-many details about their travels got really, really old.
I was really looking forward to a story about second chances, but I finally had to give up and move on to something else.