Title: Forbidden Valentine
Series Forbidden Series #4
Author: J.C. Valentine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Release Date: February 16th, 2016
Source: ARC from author
Rating: 3 Stars
Ever wondered if Ransom Scott would get his happily ever after? Find out February 16th!
It started with a drink.
It turned into a promise.
Ransom Scott lost his heart the day the woman he loved chose another man. Or so he thought. Estranged from his brother,distancing himself from the world, he’s been drowning his sorrows in cheap booze and women…determined to forget.
His world is falling apart, until a beautiful woman decides to take a chance on him.
Dani Deviche is as bewitching as she is innocent. Full of youth and vitality, she captivates him. Challenges him. She’severything Ransom never thought to look for in the oppositesex, and he can’t get enough.
When a promise of friendship turns into something more, can Ransom fulfill his end of the bargain, or will a secret from Dani’s past destroy his last chance at happiness?
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was rather disappointed by this book. After being blown away by Valentine’ S.O.B., I couldn’t wait to crack this one open. It started off with a lot of promise. Right off the bat, Ransom and Dani have chemistry that leaps right off the pages. Unfortunately, the moment they leave the bar, everything goes downhill. I’ll admit that what happens after is pretty humorous. Ransom being a sloppy drunk and Dani falling asleep were such amusing but realistic scenes that I appreciated the author breaking away picture perfect glamorized romance story to write something that felt more real.
However, I found that I didn’t really like any of the characters. While I was angry at Ransom’s brother Rebel and Rebel’s wife Joe for what they did to Ransom (although maybe I should read their story before I pass judgement), I thought that, for being an adult, Ransom was rather petty and childish. His overdramatic behavior just annoyed me.
Dani wasn’t much better. In fact, I actually felt that Dani was rather plain and a typical cookie cutter heroine. The only thing that really made her stand out was her immediate intense need to try and fix Ransom. This was off-putting as the whole “fixing” someone is a trope I can’t stand.
At first, I was confused. Ransom and Dani go from having tangible chemistry to deciding to stay friends so that Dani can help Ransom out of his rut. Wait what? What happened to jumping each other’s’ bone? They were so hot for each other two paragraphs ago! The sudden change gave me whiplash.
It just becomes more confusing from there. While they agree to stay friends so Dani can help him, they actually begin to act like they are a married couple with Dani practically living at his house. It was such a bizarre few chapters that when they finally decide to have sex, it lacked any heat they had back at the bar. I think I was so confused by their constant change in personality and wants that I was surprised it even happened. Besides the bar scene, I felt nothing between the two, romance, erotic, or otherwise.
As always, J.C. Valentine’s writing is spot. I have no complaints about her style, I just didn’t care for the story. Despite Forbidden Valentine being a standalone, I feel I need to read the others in the series. Even though I was disappointed by this novel, I still look forward to reading her other stories.