Happy 2020, guys!!!
What better way to kickstart this beautiful, brand-new year than to share with you my recent favorite read? If you’ve been following around, then the book I’m going to recommend would be no stranger to you because I’ve been raving about it several times before. *wink* Have you guessed it?
*drum’s still rolling*
I hope you got it right! SO, THAT GOT WEIRD by Amelia Kingston is the book I’m referring to and you’re about to see why I adore the book so much and why you shouldn’t miss it. 😀
Are you ready? (Don’t worry, even if you aren’t remotely interested in the sound of the story, there’s still a giveaway by the end of my post for a chance to win 2 of Amelia’s recent releases and an Amazon giftcard. Seriously, with all these awesome stuff going on, what are you waiting for?)
Title: So, That Got Weird
Author: Amelia Kingston
Genres: Rom-com, Contemporary Romance
A painfully awkward love story.
Incomprehensibly awkward Elizabeth Wilde is desperate for love. Connection. Intimacy. After a lifetime of romantic failures, the twenty-one-year-old gamer realizes she needs help. Professional help. She needs…
A sex tutor.
The devastatingly hot jock Austin Jacobs is just the man for the job. As the reigning campus sex god, he has the playboy act down pat. But underneath those six-pack abs beats a broken heart. He doesn’t trust people and he sure as hell doesn’t believe in love.
The odd couple strike a deal. Four weeks of ‘tutoring’ for five thousand dollars.
When Austin coaxes Elizabeth out from behind her computer screen, the attraction they feel is undeniable. They’re both a little broken, but somehow their jagged edges fit. And when their world comes tumbling down on top of them, they each have to decide if this weird thing called love is worth fighting for.
***Actual Rating: 4/5 All-about-that-Weirdness Stars***
Ah, So, That Got Weird is such a light-hearted read! As a helpless romance-novel-lover, Amelia Kingston really knows how to grip a reader’s heart. I love the way the protagonists, Elizabeth Wilde and Austin Jacobs, meet for the first time, and the way Elizabeth’s the first to
proposition offer Austin such a genius business proposal: to be her personal sex tutor. Yep, you heard it right. She asks him to teach her all that jazz about sex, flirtation, and pretty much successful-dates-101.
Not knowing why but I’m totally sold when hearing upon the synopsis of this book and I’m happy to tell you that this book doesn’t let me down. It has all the delicious details regarding that specific area of human nature…biologically, the inevitable (yet extremely realistic) awkwardness of building a romantic relationship with a stranger (almost) under pressure/with benefits, and then some. I’m surprised by how easily the author’s writing style lures me into loving the characters so much so that I practically finish the entire book within a couple of hours.
What’s more, I also love seeing that as perfect as Austin Jacobs seems to the outsiders, he actually grows up in a messed up family whose mother is a drug addict and he has to work extra hard to sustain basic living conditions. Seriously, now that I come to think of it, the said business proposal sounds like a wonderful solution to both Austin and Elizabeth since they pretty much benefit from each other through the sex-abus, a.k.a. sex syllabus!
Although I thoroughly enjoy 90% of the book, the only thing I’d love to see more of is the character development as well as some secondary storylines. Don’t get me wrong, this book is still amazing, and I truly have a fantastic time reading Elizabeth and Austin’s sizzling romance, what I’m saying is that the whole story seems to focus too much on our main characters, and how they go along with the sex-abus that the rest of the story-wide surroundings is sort of neglected. For example, I barely know what Elizabeth and Austin’s school life is like except for Elizabeth’s gaming partner and Austin’s all-star football team & supermodel-cheerleaders-barbies.
Besides, I’d also appreciate more if there could be more depth than the reference of problematic/irresponsible parents. Needless to say, there’s the potential of shedding light on other social issues that could be included in this story, which may possibly bring out a more thought-provoking aspect of the essence of Elizabeth and Austin’s relationship/business proposal.
All in all, this book is still a delightful read and I’d surely recommend it to everyone. In spite of the minor lack of depth in the entire plot design, Elizabeth and Austin’s story is one you definitely can’t miss as they still manage to tackle some highly concerned issues in reality while putting emphasis on pursuing happiness on both ends. Again, I’m impressed with Amelia’s spectacular story-telling skill and I can’t wait to read all of her books from now on!
***Huge thanks to InkSlinger PR and the author for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.***
About the Author
Amelia Kingston is many things, the most interesting of which are probably California girl, writer, traveler, and dog mom. She survives on chocolate, coffee, wine, and sarcasm. Not necessarily in that order.
She’s been blessed with a patient husband who’s embraced her nomad ways and traveled with her to over 30 countries across 5 continents (I’m coming for you next, Antarctica!). She’s also been cursed with an impatient (although admittedly adorable) terrier who pouts when her dinner is 5 minutes late.
She writes about strong, stubborn, flawed women and the men who can’t help but love them. Her irreverent books aim to be silly and fun with the occasional storm cloud to remind us to appreciate the sunny days. As a hopeless romantic, her favorite stories are the ones that remind us all that while love is rarely perfect, it’s always worth chasing.
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All right, everyone! That’s pretty much everything I have to share with you today. I hope you enjoy reading my review and the synopsis and hopefully, you’ll at least add this book to your TBR! Happy new year and I wish you a fabulous, promising 2020! ❤
Until next time,