Monday, May 14, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ: Welcome to the Cameo Hotel by K.I. Lynn

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My life was on track. 
The plan?
- Finish my MBA
- Get out of the hotel
- Finally date James, my manager
With only three months left, everything was set.
Then he walked in.
What I thought was just a difficult guest toppled my life in ways I didn’t plan for.
He was an asshole, demanding, and more alluring than should be legal.
I had a path.
He destroyed it.
What now?
~Book Review~

Emma Addison, 25, is a MBA grad student working as a supervisor in an upscale Boston hotel to pay the bills.  Gavin Grayson, 35, is a VP in line for CEO of a large company who has just transferred from New York to the Boston headquarters.

The blurb sounded cute, and the premise had potential, but it fell apart on execution.  The first chapter was engaging and well written and then the second chapter took a nose dive. The main issue is that the story starts out laying the groundwork for Emma’s “relationship” with her boss, James, who seemed like a decent guy. They engage in flirty texting/banter, and I definitely felt the chemistry. So color me utterly confused when chapter two and three is utterly insta-lust between Emma and Gavin. Not only was it bad development, but Gavin acts like a rude, condescending jerk to her. Even she can’t explain her attraction to him alongside her waning response to James.

Thus, there was a serious problem of show and tell, as in the story was showing the readers why to root for James while telling us that Gavin was the one.  A good romance story doesn’t need mixed messages.  In fact, it made me like Emma less.  There were too many sentences about how great looking Gavin was but nothing beyond the physical that should be attractive about Gavin from Emma’s point of view.  To some extent, I suspect some of his demands were supposed to be comical while at the same time going for that “hot and demanding” characterization. Except they continued to make me lose respect for Emma who I started out liking. Being harassed, bossed around, and practically verbally abused on a daily basis isn’t sexy, alluring, or an aphrodisiac.  And it certainly isn’t romance.  If anything, it’s a potential warning sign.

Oh sure in fiction land, it might end in a HEA, but in the real world if your dude treats you like crap while he’s courting you, it’s going to get worse down the road. While what’s told is that Gavin is a sexy man in a suit, what’s shown is a wealthy, entitled man whose behavior hints at a lack of respect for women and anyone who works a job making less than him. (At one point he even comments that he'll write the hotel CEO that he has nice hotel, but to the actual service workers he constantly complains and degrades them.) His attempt to brush off his interactions with her as “juvenile boy likes girl” were lame at best and offensive at its worst.  I DNFed at chapter six.  This prick was no book boyfriend.


K.I. Lynn is the USA Today Bestselling Author from The Bend Anthology and the Amazon Bestselling Series, Breach. She spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn't until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about.

Since she began posting stories online, she's garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination...or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain... Usually it's cheese.



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