Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Prick: A Step-Brother Romance by Sabrina Paige

I can’t stop thinking about that prick.
Caulter Sterling is a prick.
A filthy-mouthed, womanizing, crude, spoiled, arrogant prick.
The tattooed, pierced, panty-melting-hot son of a celebrity.
I hate him.
He's slept his way through practically every girl at Brighton Academy.
Except for me.
I'm the good girl. The responsible girl. The 4.0, class president, studied-so-much-she-never-lost-the-big-V girl.
And in celebration of graduation and adulthood, I just made the worst decision in the history of ever.
I lost my V-card to the devil himself.
It was just one night. So what if it was mind-blowing? Hit it and quit it.
Except I just found out that my father - the Senator, the Presidential hopeful - is marrying Caulter's mother. Oh, and this summer? We're hitting the campaign trail.
One big happy family.
I'm totally f**ked.


*For Readers 18+* 

~Book Review~
4.75 Stars 
“‘Don’t be crude.’”—Katherine
“‘Because I used the word p*ssy, or step-brother?’” — Caulter
I have to say, right off the bat, I loved the premise of this book. Step-sibling relations are pretty popular right now in the romance book world but this one struck just the right cord for me. For one, I think any new adult in a relationship not sanctioned by family and peers or in love with the person they can't understand why they're attracted to could probably relate. You don’t have to have fantasies of boning your arrogant future step-brother to find a universal appeal to this one. And if the step-sibling aspect has you a little iffy on the romance, then rest assured it skirts the technicalities on the issue. ;-)

So Katherine Harrison is the Senator’s daughter, a “good girl” who tries to keep her over-bearing father pleased. But she allows herself one night to shed her innocence and let her fellow private school co-ed, Caulter Sterling, punch her v-card (as he so puts it) just before graduation.

Color Katherine shocked, well actually color her a few shades of red, when she discovers her politician father is about to marry the celebrity mother of her illicit one night stand. Now the boy that she despises even though she can’t quit thinking about (or drawing) his well endowed appendage is about to become her step-brother; and, no matter how they feel about each other, they may have to play nice for the cameras. 
“‘Don’t worry, Princess…Our dirty little secret is safe with me.’” — Caulter
The step-sibling aspect works for some great humor here. Caulter and Katherine behave like squabbling siblings all the while lusting after each other. (Oh the bonfire—that’s all I’m going to say!)

Caulter and Kate have such great banter as well as a multitude of super sexy scenes. Caulter most definitely excels at the dirty talk and their name calling is a hilarious, especially when it serves as foreplay. 
“‘I don’t think anyone has to twist your arm to get the dick you dole out like it’s candy.’” —Katherine
“‘You sure didn’t have a problem sucking on it like it was made of f*cking sugar.’” — Caulter
Their love hate relationship certainly makes their fights funny and their encounters steamy. I loved how they “toured” the house as well as their first photo op. 
“I shouldn’t want Caulter, with his vulgarity and stupid rebel-without-a-cause attitude problem. I shouldn’t want Caulter, who’s obsessed with sex.  The problem is, I’m beginning to think he’s done something to me, messed with my head. Because ever since that night, I can’t stop thinking about sex either.” —Katherine
Caulter knows how to push Kate’s buttons but he’s also the right guy to help her be her own person. Though opposites in many ways, their different personalities compliment each other well. And ultimately that’s one of the great messages in this story.

Caulter does roll off with some “prick” tauntings at times, but it’s more playful than hurtful. He’s certainly ornery, but at the same time he’s kinda adorable and definitely has some integrity, it just needs brought to the surface…Kate being just the girl to do that. 
“I’m just a little boy who wants a hug.” — Caulter
Told via Kate and Caulter’s witty alternating first person point of view, Prick has all the new adult elements of finding your way and place in the world. The characters are likeable and you find yourself rooting for them. Though I craved a little more with the climax—more explanation, more exposure, a few more loose ends wrapped up—it still has a sweet and fitting ending.

Can Caulter and Kate get their fill of each other, christening every surface of the summer home, before their parents say I do?  Will their summer fling become more than just a wild secret romp and ultimately help them reach their true future goals?

For a fun, sexy, upbeat new adult tale, Prick is one to 1-click!

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