Author: Lyla Payne
Publisher: Lyla Payne
Published: July 1st 2013
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: ARC in exchange for an honest review
★★★ (3/5) Stars!!
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I received a copy of this book from Kelly from InkSlingerPR for a By Referral Only book launch. It in no way sways my review. I knew I wanted to read this book when I first read the blurb. It's such a funny and interesting idea. I mean come on, a referral website for guys you've dated, and I'm using the term dated loosely... It wasn't until delving deep into this book that I grasped just how, though well intentioned, problematic this idea is.
As a woman, I'll be the first to admit, we tend to live and think and rule ourselves through our emotions. Some of you may argue me on that and that's fine but the majority would hopefully be honest and agree with me. So the idea of doing something like this objectively just doesn't seem viable. For a lot of us, a simple no attachment relationship just isn't possible. It's hard for us to not put emotions into the mix. How many of us after a crappy experience with a guy, even if the sex was mind blowing, would sit down and give an objective rating to him? I'll be honest probably not me.
I wasn't 100% into this book though. Honestly Ruby really grated on me. Money and status was like an obsession with her. And for someone who hated the fact that she felt like others were judging her and the fact that her family was "new money" she sure was extremely judgmental herself. I don't think there was a moment in the entire book where she wasn't obsessing over money and status and how backwoods she assumed everyone thought was. It made it very difficult for me to like and sympathize with her. Eventually I got used to it and just sort of blanked it out because the rest of the story was worth it.
Cole Stuart, wow. He was worth the entire book alone. I've never really had a thing for Scottish men but I'm making an exception for him :D
My drawers turned into water droplets and then disappeared, just like Ginny said.
Yeah I can see that! Though he has the lowest rating on the site, there's something deeper there to be discovered and it's heartbreaking. But he holds himself back from girls for a very good reason, in his eyes.
Like I said I did struggled with this book at first because of my feelings for Ruby, but I think my turning point was getting to know Cole more, and what truly turned the tables for me was meeting his family. His sister and twin brothers. They made a huge impact on my liking of this book. They are so funny and caring and the whole dynamic was fun to read.
Overall I enjoyed this book. It was a fun idea and equally fun to read. Thanks to KP for including me in the book launch! :)