The Book Worm: Review: Until You

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: Until You

Book Review: Until You, by Denise Grover Swank, 3 stars


Workaholic Lanie Rogers lives a completely nomadic lifestyle. Her job keeps her on the move, and relationships are a complication she doesn't need. That is, until she meets Mr. Tall, Dark, and Hotness at a pre-wedding party. Complicated? Maybe. But lately, Lanie's life has been missing a little something---and sexy playboy Tyler Norris offers something she definitely can't refuse.
Tyler has always been a little too popular with women for his own good. Ever since he and his buddies vowed to remain bachelors, Tyler figured he was safe from temptation. Lanie and her gorgeous brown eyes are about to prove him so, so wrong. With one kiss, the heat is intense. After one night, it's pure combustion. It was supposed to be a no-strings fling---until these two commitment-phobes each discover the one undeniable exception to their rule.

Genre: contemporary romance

Publishing date: May 2017

Mature content: yes

Review: Denise Grover Swank is one of my favorite authors and I did enjoy book one in this series (Only You), but with Until You there were so many details that didn't add up that I just lost interest in the plot. 

First, that Tyler would offer to pick a lock just because he's in a hurry to have sex was probably an attempt at humor but it fell flat. That as a lawyer he would offer was just weird; that Lanie would accept was even worse. And since she was renting, shouldn't there be someone she could ask for a spare key? Oh, wait, they were in a hurry to have sex, so not time for that, right? Not that I would want to live in an apartment whose lock can be picked with two heir clips, but anyway...

Then there's Tyler saying that Lanie is different from all the other women he dated before because she's smart, and witty and driven, and confident" (and yes, that's a quote). As at that point he's met Lanie a total of three times and in two of those she was either drunk or on her way there, I can't even guess how he got to that conclusion. 

I also didn't like the way excessive drinking is dealt with in the book either, as if it's normal to drink more than half of a bottle of wine while looking for a pair of shoes and not even noticing. Or expecting that a teenager will have lots of other drink binging parties - he probably will, but I don't consider it normal and I don't expect parents - or older brothers, in this case - to consider it either. Towards the end the plot improved a bit, there was some suspense in relation to Lanie's store opening, her job and her relationship with Tyler. And the marriage proposal was kind of cute. But at that point I was just going through the motion of reading until the happily ever after and be done with it. 

Until You has some great reviews on Amazon, so the problem may be all mine but some books work for some readers, and others don't. Sadly, this one didn't really work for me.

Happy Wednesday,

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