Binge by Jennifer FoorSeries: Seven Year Itch #1
eBook, English, 214 pages
Debut: April 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
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Read First: April 25, 2015 | Snuck from: InkSlinger PR -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Flynn & Aria Roberts have had plenty of ups and downs during their seven year marriage. Everyone warned them not to wed so young - that they'd be missing out on the key years when people grow from young adults to mature individuals.
The only thing holding them together now is their love for each other, and even that is becoming questionable. To save the marriage, and the family they've already started, Flynn and Aria come up with an unconventional solution to help them find what's missing in their relationship.
The only problem is doing so involves rediscovering themselves completely, even if it requires them to be unfaithful. Can a marriage survive when vows are broken, or will chance encounters prove they've been missing out all-along?
Fulfill your deepest desires
Give in to temptation
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 161
This is my first read by Jennifer Foor, after having come across seveal of her blurbs and finding them all interesting, and I have to say... expectations and reality didn't match for Binge, both in a good and a bad way.
I liked the idea of a young married couple who have problems because they have grown apart and can't properly communicate with each other (anymore), I really did, because from experience I know that Flynn's and Aria's problems are mainly realistic. At first, I thought Aria's outbursts were a bit too overkill at some points, but with her sickness, it made sense in the end. However, I also feel the story would've been just fine without the crazy aspect to it, because due to Foor's harsh writings style -- of which I totally love the rawness, it's great for storytelling, thoughts and dialogue -- emotions come off as a little too cold, and the sex as a bit too objectified. Not a 100% match for a story that's about two young people who try to rediscover themselves and to reconnect with each other.
Aria was a jumbled mess, and although I felt for her, I don't like people who don't let others explain properly and just over-react. Plus, she's so concerned with herself, it totally twists her sense of reality. What she viewed as problems, weren't any at all, and that made her overlook the real ones. Flynn had to do the heavy lifting in this story, and it blew my mind how strong he was. Aria gave him shit every chance she got, and yet he still tried not to give her more fuel -- not because she hurt him with her words, but because she'd twist it around and hurt her self-esteem even more. He made mistakes and kept secrets to keep the peace, but came clean when he felt like he could, all because he loved her so much -- and of course it would blow up on him. Flynn also worked really hard not just to keep the pain away from her, but trying to understand her. Not easy if she's never honest about her thoughts and feelings. Others in his position, especially at that young age, would've turned to the bottle by now. Flynn really impressed me, he's the kind of ordinary good guy every girl doesn't know she wants.
On that note, I want to mention that it saddens me that I still don't know why these two still love each other. And I mean each other, not their daughter holding them together. Neither of them goes beyond looks (smile, body) and convenience to explain what still bonds them, meaning the ticks and character traits that tied them together in the first place, and which they still love the other one for to the day. A love story shouldn't lack that ever, especially one that spans years.
Last but not least, the "unconventional solution they both come up with which requires them to be unfaithful". Hmmm, nice. I thought they would go wild seperatly for a few weeks, or even together. Try some fantasies, have a threesome, etc. Binge. I was looking forward to some very sexy scenes. BUT! The good surprise was that it was really unconventional and definitvely sexy, to a point. The bad, very bad surprise was that it wasn't made mutual at all. They came out together on the other side, but still... that move put me off, and not even a happily ever after can make up for it.
Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Style/Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroine: 3/5 -- Hero: 5/5 -- Hearts: 4/5 -- Tears: 4/5 -- Heat: 3.5/5 -- Thrills: 3.5/5
Discovered: 4 Hoods
Seven Year Itch:
#1 Binge | #2 Bereft
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