The Book Worm: Review: The Look of Love

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: The Look of Love

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Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?

As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he's home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is--until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love--and protect--her, but will she let him?

Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her--and every sinfully sweet caress--as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can't help but wonder if she's met the only exception. And although Chase didn't realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn't the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he's gearing up for a different fight altogether...for Chloe's heart.

Genre: contemporary romance

Publishing date: November 2013

Offensive content: There are so many explicit sex scenes in this book that I can't even begin to list them all. I'm not easily offended and it made me feel a bit sick. Consider yourself warned.

No, no and no. I did not like this book. I saw it recommended on Goodreads, read the Amazon reviews and decided it was worth a try. Boy, was I wrong. Well, unless you are into erotica, because that's what this book is: a sequence of sex scenes with snippets of a plot in between. 

Which is a shame, really. The synopsis was interesting enough and I think both the characters and the story (what little there was of it) had potential. Other than the fact that Chase and his brothers are all the best looking men in the planet. Seriously, I'm all for a good looking hero, but an overload of totally perfect male models is exactly that, an overload.

Then, the author could have made a hit with a woman wounded and abused in a previous relationship finding love the second time around. Instead, we have Chloe, fresh out of an altercation with her ex and out of a car accident masturbating in the tub of the house the man she just met on the road is sort of renting for a few days. Really? Really?  

So, half a dozen pages into the book I was already disgusted with it. Like I said before, I'm not easily offended and I'm not totally against having sex scenes in a book, as long as there is an interesting story to go with them. This was definitely not the case. If I had to define The Look of Love in a single sentence, it would be "too much, too soon".

I found myself doing something I very rarely do, skimming over the sex scenes and just trying to read the rest of the story, but that's almost like reading one page out of three. I reached the end and there was a happily ever after. For the characters, Not for me, who actually paid for this book.

I wonder where the 4 stars rating over at Amazon came from and I seriously don't know how Amazon can compare this book to Nora Roberts' work. Even though I've had my issues with Nora Roberts over the years, her books do not compare to this. Even her older books.

I'm giving it two stars just because the story in itself had some merit and would have been interesting if not for the excess of sex. But it's not a book I would recommend, though you are obviously free to check it out for yourself. Judging by the Amazon reviews, there are a lot of fans out there.

initially, when I found that this was book one in a long running series, I was hoping to find another favorite author. Well, maybe in a couple of months (or years) I will try out another of Bella Andre's books just to see if this was a one time flaw or not. But for now I will just live with the satisfaction that it is still possible to find clean, sweet romances from authors who do not feel the need to provide you with dirty details in order to grab your attention. Candidate, the book I finished late last week is a very good example of that and that's one I have no problems in recommending. 

Happy readings,

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