About this book:
Battered, barefoot, and huddled under a bookstore awning in the pouring rain, Blue only knows one thing. After fifteen months of captivity, finally… she is free.
Self-made millionaires JD and Ark are not out to save anyone when they stumble upon a wet and shivering girl one early Sunday morning. But when you sell sex for a living and salvation rings your bell… you answer the call.
After years of searching, love lifts the veil of darkness, and three people—with three very big secrets—find themselves bound together in a relationship that defies the odds.
Or does it?
Love. Lust. Sex.
This trinity might be perfection… but not everything should come in 3’s.
WARNING: This is a STANDALONE non-traditional M/F/M ROMANCE with a non-traditional ending.
Release Date: 27th January, 2015.
What I think?
Warning: I rip into this book, so.. spoilers galore.
Oh boy, I guess this day was coming after all. I mean you can only skirt around one author so much before you are finally compelled to pick them up. And before you ask, yes this is my first book I’m reading by Julie, and no I don’t live under a rock. And yes, I was instigated into picking this book up.
And here’s the series of events that led me to reading it-
♠ First I read M. Never‘s new book A.C.H.E. which sucked by the way.
♠ Next I befriended someone new on goodreads.
♠ This new person recommended this book to me, and since I was so unsatisfied with the last MFM book I read (see point no.1), I immediately picked this up because they promised that this was fantastic.
Before I start with my never ending criticisms, let’s go over the plot once—
One not so fine day, two not-so-little best-friends find a little girl on the sides of the streets while they were prowling for one. Instead of what you and I would do when we find a possibly beaten, and abused chick on the sidewalks, they offer her money for sucking and fucking and kissing them. What does she do? She takes them up on it of course! As it so turns out, one of them is a porn star- or at least his dick is- and the other is the photographer/camera guy. And they needed her for the tapes. Soon as it turns out, as it always does in stories like this, they decide this malnourished, kind of personality-less, possible sex addict (I am convinced of that fact and I am willing to testify in court) chick is totally worth both their affections- and they do what all red blooded males do in these situations- they fall in love with her. And she falls in love- with both of them.
The only problem? OK this is where names become a necessity. JD was the pornstar, and Ark was the camera guy and they named the girl Blue because she is nameless and has blue eyes and is a sad little chicken.. and all that stuff.
..So where was I? Ah, yes! The problem! Turns out Ark is not up for sharing “his girl” with his best-friend because he doesn’t believe that menage relationships last. JD doesn’t care as long as he’s getting laid, and Blue just wants sex. While Ark comes to terms with a three-way relationship, there’s also a plot going on in the background where Blue had been in a bad situation trying to save her friend and those bad people now wanted her back and regular stuff like that.
And then JD goes and dies.
I literally just gave away major spoiler of the book, but I figure since it has been long released it’s fine.
Of course, I am not saying that this is a bad book, quite the contrary actually- this was a really good book. The story had so much potential, and the characters were quite well written, and their chemistry is completely off the charts. I have to say, for the first book I was reading, I felt like I knew her writing intimately, that is how well Julie presented her skill here.
But then what happened to the rating you ask?
Well a couple of things happened actually (I’ll break it down)—
1. The character arc of Ark (see what I did there?): why is he so against the idea “All set of three’s a perfection”? Right from the beginning we are presented with the thought that JD believes in all sets of three being perfect, and Ark believes that none are. That is an established mentality even before Blue comes into the picture. My question is when and where did it develop? Never once was it mentioned or even hinted at that they might’ve shared someone else before too. It is one thing that is never explored and never developed, and we (the readers) are just expected to accept it.
2. Blue decides to stay with Ark and JD because she wants to fulfill her promise to her friend Janine, but she never really does anything to do that. Throughout the entire book it seems like her primary goal is to get fucked and secondary goal is to get double fucked. *shrugs* don’t kill the messenger, I’m just saying it like it is.
3. Ark’s initial conviction of not loving JD as a man, but when he’s dead Ark decides he loves JD. Hypocrisy much? ‘Nuff said already.
Like I said, despite all the major plot issues I had with the book, I enjoyed it just as much. And yeah, I know this review reads quite bitchy, but that’s my default setting, and I’m too sleepy right now to bother to tone it down. But I will say this, it’s worth giving a shot to because even though I totally ruined the ending, it’s still quite good.
About this author:
After graduation she got a job with the state of Colorado as their one and only hog farm inspector and spent her days wandering the Eastern Plains shooting the shit with farmers. After a few years of that, she got bored. And since she was a homeschool mom and actually does love science, she decided to write science textbooks and make online classes for other homeschool moms. She wrote more than two hundred of those workbooks and was the number one publisher at the online homeschool store many times, but eventually she covered every science topic she could think of and ran out of shit to say.
So in 2012 she decided to write fiction instead. That year she released her first three books and started a career that would make her a New York Times bestseller and land her on the USA Today Bestseller’s List eighteen times in the next three years. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook Mr. Perfect was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her book, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.