The bit on the back…
23-year-old aspiring artist Sophie Walker can think of no better place than the exotic paradise of the Maldives Islands to escape the wrath of her controlling parents, the monotony of her boring legal work and her passionless boyfriend. With her two best friends along for the ride and to help her find herself again, Sophie is not prepared for the enigmatic Clayton Sinclair. Clayton comes from another world of privilege that seems like a fantasy to Sophie. Can this man introduce her to the passion & seduction she never realized she was desperately searching for? Sophie quickly becomes ensnared in Clayton's seductive web until a shocking treachery makes her question her judgment and actions...
Firstly thank you to NetGalley and Bird Street Books for approving me for this title.
I was drawn in by the cover. It looks exotic and summer holiday-esque and if there is one thing I love more than reading it’s being on holiday so thumbs up!
The story is all about Sophie Walker who has jumped on a plane with her two best friends to jet set off on a well needed break but what she doesn’t bargain for is meeting Clayton and the whirlwind he brings into her life.
I really liked how the story started, going on holiday to take a break from everything that’s going on in Sophie’s world. It really gave you a good background on what Sophie’s story was and allowed you to feel like you were starting over with her.
The destination is Male in the Maldives and from the descriptions throughout the book it feels like heaven. It’s as exotic as you might think from the cover, and it’s just beautiful. It really plays to Sophie’s artistic side too and it feels like she’s going to just really relax while she’s there.
Then Clayton situates himself firmly in her holiday and in her life.
I liked Clayton’s character at first. He seemed a bit Christian Grey-like especially with his dominance and power over Sophie’s actions. It’s quite romantic in a skewed kind of way but unlike the Christian Grey/Ana Steele relationship Sophie can stand her ground and gives Clayton as good as she gets. The narrative is all from Sophie’s point of view so Clayton also seems like a bit of mystery. The prose was quite well structured to make you feel like the character is thinking just like you would so it makes her a bit more relatable.
The relationship between Clayton and Sophie kind of lost something for me after the thrill of the chase. I think it was around the sexual aspect of their relationship. It felt rushed and not particularly realistic from Sophie’s side of things and actually you’re led to believe that Clayton might approach their first encounter with a bit more respect for Sophie’s inexperience.
Throughout Mad Love you find that Sophie is always jumping to conclusions about Clayton which is probably due to his mysterious demeanour but it got a bit annoying that she had done it again, just before the end of the book which left the story at a cliffhanger. I will probably give the sequel a go but I won't be rushing to buy it.