Edition Read: Sony/Kobo eBook edition
Started: January 8, 2015
Finished: January 11, 2015
As I mentioned in my update post a few days ago, I'm not quite done with my week #1 book, so this review is for my week #2 book. I've reached the halfway point of my week #1 book finally, so the review should be coming soon.
Where do I start with this book? It took all of me to even finish it (and I guess I had a slight curiosity over how it was going to end.)
Irresistible Forces follows Taylor Steele, a 25-year-old who has made a name for herself as an investment banker for the wealthy and powerful. Taylor has decided she wants to have a baby, and ASAP. But she didn't need a husband, or even a steady boyfriend. Just a baby.
Now, an average woman would save up, go to a sperm bank, you know? And Taylor was certainly well off enough to do that and not have it cause too much of a dent in her pocketbook. You see, though, Taylor wasn't an average woman. She was picky, and wanted her baby daddy to be just as rich, powerful, and attractive as she was. He also needed to be okay with the lack of commitment.
Enter Dominic Saxon, a shipping/hotel heir and one of Taylor's clients. So rich and powerful? Check. He's the son of a French father, and an American fashion designer/model mother. So check on the good looks. He's also a widower jaded toward love due to the death of his wife. He vowed to never let another woman get to him like that. So, not looking for commitment? Checkity check.
So, since Dominic is the perfect candidate for fathering Taylor's baby, she propositions a week long getaway on a remote Caribbean island as a "procreation vacation." While hesitant at first, he agrees and they jet off.
They go on vacation, they have a lot of sex, and they ultimately fall in love. The end basically.
This book got on my nerves, but I couldn't put it down. (That might have been why it bugged me so much. The story sucked me in, but the writing was so poor.) Taylor and Dominic (or any of the other characters, mind you) have no depth. It's pretty people boning pretty people for boning's sake. In fact, they bone so much and can't get enough of each other, I sped read through the sex scenes, which probably attributes to why I finished so quickly.
Also, I really think they put some Viagra in Dominic's water cause once he was up, he didn't go down. And I'm pretty sure those don't work like that and maybe he should be calling his doctor cause his erections are lasting more than four hours.
There was also little conflict, aside from Dominic and Taylor playing a game of "love or lust?" after Taylor finally does get pregnant (on the first try too! Some people have ALL the luck!), though there was a perfect opportunity for a decent conflict that is completely glossed over because it was tacked on the end of the book.
Dominic has an ongoing, one-sided feud with his paternal grandfather, who had abandoned his father when he married his mother. His parents had long forgiven him, but Dominic was still bitter, so he had cut him off.
The grandfather goes to visit Taylor, tell his side of the story, show how remorseful he is, etc etc, and gives her his business card. Dominic finds the business card, gets pissed off, they fight, Taylor tells him to basically get over himself and forgive his grandfather, and Dominic storms out.
When he goes to forgive her, he finds out she's in Paris for his grandfather's birthday. He flies out himself, reconciles with his grandfather, and then manages to reconcile with and propose to Taylor right after.
That had so much potential to be a fantastic conflict, but because it was tacked on in chapter 12 or 13 (of 13 + epilogue, mind you), that it is so completely rushed and treated like something minor. I wish that had been expanded more, that Dominic would have had to do a lot more to win Taylor back. I would have liked it a lot more if that had been the case. (Either brought in earlier in the narrative, or added on more chapters to work on that).
Oh and also, it irked me that they sprung Taylor's younger sister getting pregnant randomly in the middle of the book. Fortunately, they did not also thrown in Taylor not getting pregnant, because if that was the case I would have thrown my phone (which I'm using to read my eBooks at the moment until my tablet gets fixed) across the room in disgust.
All in all, this is a quick read and good if you're in the mood for some steamy smut, but if you're looking for a decent plot, look elsewhere.