D.G.’s Rating: 2.5 stars = C
Instead of Stuck-Up Suit, this book should have been called Stupid Ninny.
The only thing you can say about Graham is that he’s rude to his secretaries. Besides that, he’s a heck of a guy. Soraya on the other hand, is an insecure ninny who does something at the end that should have sent Graham running for the hills. If that hadn’t happened, I would have rated the book higher.
The stream of consciousness that is the description tells you all about the how relationship started. What it doesn’t say is that throughout the relationship, Soraya is very skittish. From the beginning, she tells Graham she won’t sleep with him, which he accepts without batting an eye. Like normal people, they start dating, going to restaurants and events, without him pressuring her to go to bed with him. She sleeps with him when she’s ready and not a minute earlier.
The love scenes could be characterized as (like we say in my country) “too much foam, not enough hot chocolate.” There’s a lot of very graphic talk but when it came to the actual event, lots of fade to black. It was lame, as if the authors didn’t know how to write a good love scene.
Graham’s boorish behavior towards his secretaries seemed more like an excuse for the title, because otherwise, he’s as good as you could expect him to be. He’s hot, funny, sexy, understanding, loves his grandma, works hard, and when something comes out of left field that changes his life, the guy is a trooper. Soraya is the one that falls apart. Instead of actually supporting the guy when he’s going through a difficult situation, she lets her insecurities get in the way. She decides that he’ll be better off without her but instead of actually breaking up with the guy like a grownup, she does something so immature and hurtful that I wanted to smack her over the head. Worse, she didn’t even have to grovel because the guy figured it out and ran after her!! Give me a break. In my eyes, this raised serious questions about Soraya’s level of maturity and even mental health. Graham SHOULD NOT have forgiven her so easily.
Something else that drove me bunkers: there’s NO WAY that somebody who lives in Brooklyn and works in the Upper East Side takes the same train as somebody who lives in the Upper West Side. They are coming from opposite directions! That would be like saying that somebody going from Miami to Chicago takes the same flight as somebody going from Portland to San Francisco!! (Moral of the story: if you are writing a book set in a city you know nothing about, use something called Google.)
Overall, the book had some good parts (Chloe was adorable) but the story had too many weaknesses for me to recommend it.
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