I received this book for free from Loveswept in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I read my first Cassie Mae book about two and a half years ago. And over the course of those years, her writings have grown up before my eyes.
She started out focusing on innocent high school romance, graduated to slightly more mature college aged relationships, and now she is taking a stab at writing about a full-blown adult relationship and all that involves. While this book was too steamy for my personal taste, I can say that the romance was still wonderful and refreshing.
This was a little different from the usual contemporary romance because it focuses on an already established couple. I used to think that reading about people being in love could never be as interesting as reading about how they fell in love because that sense of excitement and tension is missing. So I was a little worried about reading this. But I can honestly sat that Liz and Landon’s relationship managed to keep my attention and entertain.
In an attempt to add some spice back into their love life, the couple decides to abstain from sex until the night of their honeymoon. This is Liz’ idea, and Landon reluctantly goes along with it assuming that she will cave before he has to go too long without some lovin’.
Liz is equally as sure that he won’t be able to keep his hands off of her for 5 months so they enter into a friendly bet that whoever holds out the longest gets to choose the destination of the honeymoon.
I knew going into this book that it was going to deal with more mature themes than I am used to from the author, but because I like her books so much, I gave it a try anyway. This book dealt with sex in a very frank and sometimes graphic manner, and I skimmed over the sexual scenes so I can’t give you an accurate review of them. Sorry!
Liz spends quite a bit of time lusting after her hubby to be, and I did get a little squeamish when she kept mentioning her “lady bits”, but it was also pretty funny. I really think abstaining was more difficult for her than it was for him. However it was the moments when the steam was turned down, that I really enjoyed this book.
Their relationship was adorable. They had so many cute little inside jokes and traditions, and I think the way the way they said “I love you” may be my new favorite thing.
Although this book deals with sex it isn’t just a book about sex. It plays with the idea of what sex means in a relationship, and what happens when the butterflies in the tummy, date nights and innocent makeout sessions happen less frequently.
When they removed sex from the equation, it forced them to be intimate in other ways and they learned more about each other because they were looking for a deeper emotional connection. The book didn’t make sex seem like an unimportant part of a relationship at all, but it did focus on the emotional connect that is sometimes taken for granted.
They go through all sorts of ups and downs, but they actually work things out and talk to one another. And I never doubted for one minute how much they loved each other.
Even though the sex scenes were too much for me, they made sense in the book. I don’t feel like they were there simply for the sake of added sexiness, they served a purpose. And if you like reading steamy books, you will be in for a treat with this one.
This was the best kind of romantic comedy. It was equal parts funny, adorable, romantic, and thought-provoking. It had everything that I have come to love about this author’s books and more.
Because of language and sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 18 and up. Seriously, this book is not for kids. However, the author has several YA books that are perfect for a younger crowd.