on December 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Forbidden, Romance
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You've seen the headlines: Womanizing billionaire player! Watch out! Stay away!
We were just two strangers. Facing a forbidden attraction, a chemical connection. Neither of us expected or wanted it to amount to more.
But I had never been drawn to a guy the way I was drawn to this one: my brother's best friend, and CEO of the company where I interned. Even knowing I should stay away, I proved to be too human after all.
The chemistry was amazing.
The laughs were incredible.
I opened up to him in more ways than I'd opened up to anyone before.
But sex was as far as I'd go.
Just sex, because he was too irresistible.
Just sex, because I wouldn't be falling for him.
Just sex, because I'd leave in three months, and I'd like for my brother not to kill me and for nobody to find out he was my wicked little secret.
He wasn't the One.
He was just a womanizer.
But for a time, he would be mine.
If you’ve read any of the other books in this series (don’t worry, this is a standalone so you don’t have to!) you’ll remember Callan Carmichael, ruthless businessman and the last man standing in the group of billionaire bachelors. I’ve always been intrigued by his character and was super excited to see his heroine is a new character, Livvy, who is Tahoe’s sister!
It’s a very much “what you see is what you get” kind of story. There’s not hidden motives, everything is spelt out for the reader as you go and it’s even a little predictable as far as the plot and trope go. You know from the synopsis that it’s a brother’s best friend type of romance, so from that alone you can generally figure out the plot.
I liked how these characters met and how their relationship grew as anonymous friends first, before turning to lovers. It felt genuine and I thought it was unique. Plus the banter and small moments of vulnerability that they had up on the terrace really helped to add some dimension to the story. I honestly think those were my favourite parts!
“For someone afraid of heights, you like living on the edge.”
I really loved Callan, I mean what’s not to love? He was sweet and loyal and protective but knew his boundaries. He was determined and went after what he wanted, consequences be damned. He was a bit of an enigma, comparing his ruthless business persona to his teddy bear personal persona, but it worked well on him.
“I’ve wanted to know you since I first saw you. I wondered and wondered. But after what’s happened between us, it seems less like a good idea and more like trouble.”
“Fuck trouble. Jesus. Just fucking go out with me, Livvy.”
I never really understood or connected with Livvy as a character and it’s a real shame, because I wanted to like her. She just felt so extremely immature, between her thoughts, ideas and actions all contradicting each other and even some of her monologues I caught myself more than once rolling my eyes and just wishing she would grow up. It feels (to me) like authors these days like to write about heroines in their early twenties to then justify them being more immature and unsure, but frankly I’m growing sick of it. I’m twenty three years old and like to think I’m a lot more mature than some of these characters. Basing it solely off of inner thought processes, I’d like to conclude I am.
The relationship and ultimately story line was a lot fluffier than I expected it to be after starting. In the beginning Livvy always talks about how she never feels that she can measure up or is always disappointing people, and then you hear about Callan’s womanizing ways. He even admits himself that he’ll never fall in love and will never be committed to only one woman. But in relation to the story line, these are then instantly thrown out the window. You glimpse Callan with another woman nearby and it’s obvious that he isn’t interested in her, and other than that it’s never an issue. Neither of these aspects are brought up again. Even with Liffy’s problems, I expected them to come into play but alas, they never did.
He looks at me—and I realize he doesn’t like our situation. He’s not the kind of man to be anyone’s dirty little secret. He’s the kind of man you flaunt.
And apparently, I’m the kind of girl he’d come clean for.
Womanizer was a quick, funny and enjoyable read which on its own is quite satisfying, but as part of the series I expected it to be more serious. A little heavier or a little darker, especially after Manwhore and Manwhore +1. I noticed this during Ladies Man as well. It was good, don’t get me wrong, I read it practically in one sitting and found myself smiling along and laughing with the characters but I wasn’t blown away. I liked it, didn’t love it.
“Tell me to kiss you, Livvy.”
“Why would I do that?”
“Because you haven’t stopped thinking about it.”
“In that case, I haven’t.” He strokes a finger down my jaw. “So. How about you kiss me. For my sake.”
All in all an enjoyable read and good story, I think my expectations may have just been a little high. I would still recommend it if you want something low on angst, kind of fluffy and quick moving.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.