Series: Kingston Ale House, #4
Published by Entangled Publishing on January 16th 2017
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I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure…
I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it.
I wasn’t planning on Grace—the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse.
I know I should walk away, but I can’t…and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss.
The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.
Commitment and trust: two sticky words that I thought the story was going to be about, though there isn’t much in the blurb that hints at what would really unfold but it intrigued me enough to want to pick it up to see if it’s quirky enough to entice.
It did start out interesting, but my engagement dipped somewhat when the unnecessary drama seemed to make the story go in loops—a man cleanse, several conniving ex-es, a blackmail scheme, a deliberate wait to finish a contract—and I found that I simply couldn’t get my interest to stay up like a typical alpha male’s constant erection. For Jeremy’s non-commitment stance, I actually found Grace equally so though it’s never quite admitted out loud: the lack of commitment to her own family, to getting out of the blackmail situation she’s in to the inability to do anything but to commit to ‘Man Cleanse’ and even that’s done because of the contract signed with Jeremy’s ex. Most of the time, the push-pull, will-they-won’t-they moments that were peppered throughout the chapters ended up more frustrating than teasing because for all the slow burn, I couldn’t quite understand the connection between both the lead characters, let alone the annoying peripheral ones who came to the story primarily as cock-blockers.
In fact, sex barely enters the equation here but that’s not quite the priority for me anyhow. Essentially the story got messy, entangled and involved in a way that was…well, boring at times, to the point I started skimming. It’s probably a book more for those who follow this series though; I jumped straight into this without knowing what went on previously so that might have accounted for the lack of interest.