Monday, 1 February 2016

Review of Shut In by Cee Smith

The bit on the back…

Blaire didn't know much about one-night stands, but she knew how they're supposed to go. A night where inhibitions are thrown out, no names, no attachments, and in the morning you both go your separate ways, never to speak again. At least that's what was supposed to happen.
Mother nature had other plans.

She established boundaries: No details, no more sex. But Joel was never much for following the rules. With a body built for sex and an appetite to match, one night with him would never be enough. Torn between the case that could make her legal career and a man who thinks of clothes as optional, how long could she stick to the rules?

I first saw this book on one of those sponsored Facebook posts. I clicked through after being drawn to the title and the cover and skimmed over a few reviews. I decided to buy the first two stories in the series then and there.

The first installment in this series focuses on Blaire and Joel getting to know one another when they find themselves trapped in her home. I liked the premise of this but to be honest I was a bit disappointed with the execution.

Blaire, who works at a law firm, in a moment of let-your-hair-down-madness embarks on a one night stand with dark and mysterious Joel, unwittingly trapping herself with him for the next few days. Blaire seemed uptight, very focused and a little straight laced so her almost rebellious decision to take Joel home seemed very out of character.

During their time together Blaire bounces back and forth between enjoying Joel’s company and resenting it. At times I just wanted to shout at her and tell her to just own it, own her decision. She’s trapped in this extraordinary bubble where life has literally hit pause, why not run with it? She continues to focus on her work throughout which turns out to be pretty revealing in the plot twist on the last page of this installment.

Joel’s character had many sides – joker, sexy, home baker (weird one) and definitely mysterious. It took him a while to reveal more about himself and as the story is all one-sided from Blaire’s POV it’s quite hard to get to know him.

By the end of the story I was annoyed how back and forth Blaire had been but the author had gone and dropped an almost too convenient to be true plot twist so I did feel compelled to start reading book two. However, I stopped short not too far in. I’m undecided as to whether I’ll go back to it.

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