Deal BreakersDeal Breakers by Laura Lee

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What this book is about:

Riley is a handsome guy who can have any girl he wants. One day he spots Devyn at the University campus and decides that he wants to have her. But Devyn explicitly tells him that she does not want a relationship. They make a deal to be just friends and so they do until the last day of their studies, 4 years later, when Devyn asks Riley to be her first. And of course Riley agrees, but that’s where things turn out different than they expected.

They taught us at my University that when you provide feedback it’s best to start with something positive, so I will first say the one “positive” thought that comes to my mind about this book. Maybe it was just not my cup of tea, but I firmly believe that other people would quite enjoy this book especially those who lovedFifty Shades of Grey. I’m sure the author worked hard on this book and I don’t like that I have to give a negative review but the point is to give honest thoughts, so I will.

The plot
The storyline did not make any sense whatsoever to me. The pacing with which this book was moving was completely unrealistic in my opinion. I don’t understand how it’s possible that two people who feel such a strong connection to each other can stay away for so long (4 years) and once a year, we get this exciting moment of sexual tension. But just this once every year. And then after 4 years of education they go on to become an aircraft designer (Riley) and be selected for a very difficult position in a company (Devyn). Well..apparently I am doing something wrong here because I haven’t been offered any prestigious job positions yet! Apart from that, the book continues to create a pseudoplot of “who is she going to chose?” but of course everything is resolved quickly into sex and they lived happily ever after.

The characters
Devyn, girl, I do not understand you. You don’t want to leave university as a virgin. Why is that a problem exactly? What was you precise logic about it, please enlighten me. And you didn’t want a boyfriend but you did have a boyfriend, just not Riley. Goodness..I don’t even know. Riley..Riley..you made me roll my eyes countless times, congratulation!. Rainey, I swear to god you underestimated the intelligence of both the fictional characters and the readers. “Oh, I want to talk to Riley in private. I will pretend like I need a second drink so I will drink my whole beer in two big gulps, plus the wine of my friend Devyn here to make my point of being thirsty and nobody will have a clue why I did it because who doesn’t finish their beer and then chug on their friend’s drink too?”

The writing style
There is a lot of mature content in this book (sexual scenes and mature language). It reminded me a lot of Fifty Shades of Grey minus the S&M part. We get two perspectives of Devyn and Riley. The plot was flowing quite fast and the writing style was easy to follow.

Overall, I did not like this book and I wouldn’t go on with the series (I think it’s going to be a three book series following different characters, something like Anna and the French Kiss kind of thing. But I do think that if you enjoy the Erotic Romance (mainly Erotica) genre and liked E.L. James‘s series, you will most probably enjoy this series too. It just wasn’t for me.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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