Monday, May 21, 2018

Release Blitz & Book Review: A.C.H.E. by M. Never

by M. Never
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Ménage
Release Date: May 21st, 2018



A is for Ache
C is for Choice.
H is for His.
E is for Everly.

I've always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to my personal life. Drug-addicted mother, obsessive stepfather, shitty upbringing, and one soul-shattering, heart-wrenching relationship.

But everything changed when I met Alec Prescott. I couldn’t stand the cocky, hotshot lawyer at first, but after assisting him on one case, my opinion changed drastically. He became the beginning I so desperately needed, even if romantic relationships at work are completely forbidden.

Unfortunately, falling in love with a coworker is the least of my problems. Funny thing about the past, it’s never truly far away. No matter how fast you run from it, or how hard you try to suppress it, it’s there, lingering like a fog, blinding your vision, impacting your decisions, affecting your life.

That’s where Tage Andrews comes in. He’s the heartache I can never outrun. The man who saved me from my past while pillaging my emotions. I want to avoid reliving it—avoid him—but he’s always there, lingering like a fog, blinding my vision, impacting my decisions, affecting my life.

This is my paradoxical predicament.
Two men.
One choice.
Inevitable heartbreak.

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About the author:

M. Never resides in New York City. When she's not researching ways to tie up her characters in compromising positions, you can usually find her at the gym kicking the crap out of a punching bag, or eating at some new trendy restaurant.

She has a dependence on sushi and a fetish for boots. Fall is her favorite season.

She is surrounded by family and friends she wouldn't trade for the world and is a little in love with her readers. The more the merrier. So make sure to say hi!

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My review:

Um... I dreaded writing this review because I don’t want to offend anyone as I am not really good with words so I just tell you right up front that I didn’t like this book. I’ll try to explain why but please keep in mind that it’s just my personal opinion.

The blurb sounded promising and I was really excited about my first read from this author. As great as the prologue started out though, it sadly didn’t continue this way. First off, I never warmed up to Everly. I just didn’t like her tedious and repetitive thoughts. Her character was dull and Alec’s wasn’t much better. I couldn’t form any excitement and found no interesting characteristics of either of them which was a pity because Everly thought of herself as 'fucking damaged, plain and simple - a defective product of her destructive past', which would have been interesting but I just didn't see a damaged character in her. Color me surprised when the plain and boring girl with glasses and no make-up only bought clothes from brands and had perfect never worn dresses for any occasion in her closet even though she never went to parties. And although she never wore make-up, she knew exactly how to apply it without much of practice and owned enough to make her look so different that she didn't even recognize herself in the mirror afterwards.

I was very confused about Alec who I disliked right from the start. His thoughts were weird and I didn’t understand him at all. He was supposed to be this cranky lawyer but then Everly thought of him as sweet and funny and I just saw neither.
The way Everly and Alec started off was strange as well because how could he have not recognized her just because she wore make-up and was dressed differently, when he had just hours ago talked to her at work?!
Everly really had balls and no reservations whatsoever to talk to him in a way I would have never dared to talk to a superior at work right from the start. If you develop a certain friendship and atmosphere where you know you can loose up and talk back that way, that’s fine. But going from almost no contact to being that relaxed with each other at work was a mystery to me, especially in a world of lawyers. The lawyers I’ve met so far looked down to their assistants and there’s rarely something like instant friendship. That’s not to say that it can’t develop over time but the way it happened here bothered me. There was also no development of feelings and I never felt any building connection between the characters.

Feelings came out of nowhere and a lot of things happened way to fast. I felt like the story played within just a few days. I've also never been bored reading a sex scene before but I guess there's always a first time. The writing was just too clinical and matter of fact. Where was the passion and the deep feelings?! Where was the depth of the story and the talking through of important situations?!

I'm not sure if it would have made much of a difference but I felt like it would have been better to write the story from the third person instead of first person and three POVs. The writing sometimes felt like written in third person and I think it would have made more sense.

This was all in the first quarter of the book and the rest wasn’t much better. The only slight silver lining was Tage but even he had flaws and couldn’t give the story what it was missing. He was an alpha and overall enigma which was the only tiny joy in this book. And because he's the only positive in this story, I wanna share my favorite quote from him:
'There's a saying I once came across about the sun loving the moon so much he died every night just so she could breathe.'
To be honest, Alec bored me, even during the sex scenes which were such a disappointment; not to mention Everly’s thoughts during the sex which bothered me a lot. Why couldn’t she just enjoy what must have been overwhelming feelings?! I obviously couldn’t deal with the writing. I’m sorry. Things like 'Her body bows and her voice squeaks every time I thrust upwards. Around and around we continuously go...' bothered me too much. The scenes didn’t give me the feelings they were supposed to be because of how they were explained instead of felt from Everly. Even the way it came to the scene with the three of them happened without much afterthought and they acted as if it was the most mundane thing in the world.

I hope you can understand my reasons for my rating. I really tried to give a few examples of why I didn’t like this book without being mean and as I mentioned before it’s my personal opinion and just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy the story as so many others did.

This quote sums up my feelings of this book quite well:
'Do you ever feel like your life is just a set of revolving doors? In, around, and out, day after day. Time seems to bleed together, and you find yourself in the exact same place over and over wondering exactly how you got there?'

-- I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given by Give Me Books Promotions. --

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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