Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Big Shot (Book Boyfriend #1) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
[Audiobook and ebook Purchased from Audible and Amazon]
Fall in love with your next Book Boyfriend . . .
Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his prim and proper adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she’s become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.
I’m going to preface this review by saying I just came off of a major swoonfest after re-reading Hearts in Darkness and reading Love in the Light and Forever in the Light by Laura Kaye for the first time. Does that have to do with the low star rating on this book? I don’t know.
This story fell woefully short for me and I was pretty disappointed. First of all, the series is called Book Boyfriend and that’s kind of my thing, secondly, I’d heard good things about this book. However, I felt no connection to the characters and the story was a little too formulaic (which doesn’t always bother me).
You know how sometimes when you read a book, you can tell that the author was so in love with her characters that she managed to bring them to life Warm Bodies style? That didn’t seem to be the case with this book.
The synopsis says, “fall in love with your next book boyfriend,” but, to me, there was very little to like about Wes Sinclair, our hero. Whether that is because of his overly stereotypical cocky personality (not very likely since I have several cocky book boyfriends whom I adore) or maybe because his character seemed pretty one dimensional to me, I’m not really sure.
The same goes for Natalie, our heroine. Her character development was lacking and though it seemed like her character probably should be likable (according to the formula), I felt kind of “meh” about her. I also felt that way about their entire relationship.
Though, I suppose this relationship doesn’t quite categorize as instalove since the two characters grew up together, what matters is that it felt like it. I also felt like I was being hit over the head with how amazingly incredibly godlike these two were in their attractiveness. Every other description was one character swooning over the other and that kind of got on my nerves after awhile.
I will say that I didn’t dislike any of the characters, I just didn’t feel invested in any of them, either. Sometimes supporting characters will revive an entire book even if I don’t like the main characters, but all the other characters in this book felt thin as well.
Anyway, three stars for this book because it wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t my favorite. I finished the book and I didn’t feel like it was a waste of my time, it was just an epic shoulder shrug.
Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars
I don’t have too much to say about the reader. She was also just ok.
Butterfly Rating: 0 Stars
Nothin’. There was nothin’ there for me.
Re-read Worthiness: 0 Stars
Bookshelf Placement: No
New Book Boyfriend: No