DNF December Review Blitz — Day 1: I’m sharing my thoughts on some book series that I have marked as incomplete since I have never finished the first novel in the series or have decided not to read the sequels. Find out why these weren’t for me:
Synopsis for Little Black Book (from Goodreads):
My name’s Sebastian Black, and I want to buy you. I could have any woman I want, but I choose you.
NO RELATIONSHIP, JUST SEX.
Here’s my offer…
I’ll put your name in my LITTLE BLACK BOOK, and when I want you, I’ll call you. When I call, you’re going to come, in more ways than one. It will be mutually pleasurable for both of us.
There are only two rules:
DON’T EVER DENY ME.
DON’T FALL IN LOVE.
If you do either, I’ll remove you from my book and payment stops.
Do we have an understanding?
There is a prequel novella: #0.5 Little Black Beginning
Book Order: Chronological
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Heat Rating: Hot (Kink: mild)
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: June 2014 – March 2016
Source & Format: Own–eBook
Disclaimer: I only read the first book of the series, Little Black Book, and have opted not to pick up the sequels. Find out why below…
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
I can’t recall how this series crossed my radar. I think I was in my adult contemporary phase of reading back in 2014 and this was a bestseller that I saw on Amazon. I love when asshole heroes expectantly meet their perfect match and Sebastian seemed like he need to be taken down a peg or two.
Like many TBR items, I never got to this book immediately after I purchased it but I my high anticipation for the title kept it on my TBR list and that’s why I made it a 5 Year 5 Book Challenge 2018 pick for the year 2014.
What I Liked:
–The Idea of a Little Black Book–
This is one of those concepts you always hear about but never see done in practice…at least in novels. Sure, you’ve got the booty-call and the endless contact list in the bad-boy hero’s phone but there is just something about Sebastian’s little book that made him refreshing.
What I Didn’t Like:
–Love At First Sight–
I was enjoying the first few chapters of this novel until this little diddy came into play. Ugh. I hate when there is the “unspoken” or “innate” connection between the two leads. Besides her appearance, what else called to him?
–What was Sebastian’s Ideal Jessica?–
So I could have looked past the love at first sight thing if I had any clue why Roz was Sebastian’s “Jessica” aka his dream girl. Nowhere does he describe what would make a girl be “the one”. And besides Roz’s hair colour (red like Jessica Rabbit’s), I had no idea why she caused such a stir in him.
–Everything was a Cliche–
The heroine who is a bombshell and doesn’t know it? Check. Who is also a virgin but is a sexual goddess her first time in bed? Check. Needs a rich man to solve all her problems? Check. The hero who is incapable of love but falls nonetheless? Check. A good plot twist at the end? Check.
Now, I will give props to that twist. It was good and the only thing I didn’t predict while reading.
Will I Finish It?
Nope. Considering I skimmed that last 50% of the first book, I have no desire to pick up the sequel.
My Rating: DNF
[Little Black Beginning N/A] | Little Black Book 2/5 | Little Black Break N/A
If you’ve read any contemporary romance with a similar theme, you’ve probably already read this. I would pass.
Read if You Like: shorter romances, cliches
Avoid if You: want a deeper, darker romance
- Shame by Rachel Van Dyken (Ruin Trilogy #2)
- Ten Tiny Breaths by K A Tucker (Ten Tiny Breaths #1)
- Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard Series #1)
Have you read this? Should I return to this series? Leave a comment!