Book Review – Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

A romp with a hottie while your life’s in wreckage…

 Scorched Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Contemporary, Romance

No. of pages: 238

From Goodreads:

Sometimes life leaves a mark…

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after… 

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This is the first novel outside of the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout that I have read – and an adult title at that! I had high hopes because I love her snarky dialogue and ability to really pace the storyline along with action and angst. ‘Scorched’ only half hit the mark…

I wasn’t impressed by this book at all until after halfway. It was all Andrea and Tanner for over a hundred pages until we really got something more in-depth other than flirting and heavy petting.

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With alternating perspectives from these characters I was hoping the novel would really launch into something juicy; but what I got was saucy. Very saucy. I should have expected it given the lengthy kissing scenes from the Lux series, and here delivering to an adult audience, it was too raunchy for me. Graphic to the point I felt uncomfortable and started skipping forward. I didn’t see the point where over half the novel was taken up with romps – it did not have a lot to do with the plot. The point could have been made more concisely. Dangnabit – when did I turn into such a prude? Am I shrivelled up and dead inside?

Apart from copious philandering, there was also a bit too much swearing going on. (Now I KNOW I’m a stick in the mud) But hey, some of us feel swearing is to make a point – not a conjoining descriptive to be used in every sentence… It kept leaping out at me from the page and made it difficult for me to get into the conversation.

Scorched Book Review Pic 03 by Casey CarlisleBesides those content rating issues, this book tackled some great issues. Granted, although realised a little too late in the story because of numerous kissing, groping and rolling about in the sheets – and because of this, when we really got the good stuff, the book ended. Not that there was an abrupt ending, just that it felt unbalanced. But the second half of ‘Scorched’ is really compelling – and while I did not relate to the characters at all, was engrossed in their plight.

There is some corniness around this story, but I have to praise it for the realism around Andrea’s dilemma without over dramatizing.

If you are an addict of steamy writing, you’ll probably love this, but for me, too sexy-sweet. A fun and sultry read that shocked me with a few plot twists. I’d recommend for an afternoons guilty pleasure (or should I say afternoon delight).

Overall feeling: How you doin? *raises eyebrows suggestively*

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