When his parents get a gander at the sex tape sent by a blackmailer, they offer Kendall Turner a few weeks of “rest” in a cushy clinic. No, he says, and hotfoots it across the lawns of the family estate. KT isn’t his own worst enemy anymore; there’s a new candidate for the title. Suddenly, Kendall’s on the lam, trying to outrun a murder rap. Helping — by locking KT naked in their motel room — is his cousin Turn. KT has some issues: he manages to censor himself only when he lies, he’s been in love with cousin Turn since forever, and he really would rather kill himself than get more rest at another clinic.
Why I bought it:
It sounded like fun so I thought why not. Although the cousin thing… better in historicals. Just saying.
Dislike/like (ending on a high note):
Dislike~ Kendall – or KT – confuzzled me. The book was written from his POV and I felt a bit like I was watching a mystery/sitcom through a pot
dhaze. Was he a loser or just completely naive?? Had the reign of terror of his father completed fucked him up?? I think I, as a reader, needed to get to grips with this protag through more in-depth characterisation or via a longer length story. (It seems as though this is the start of a series so perhaps my issues will be dealt with in the future.) Despite this…
Like~ I liked Kendall. (Are you beginning to understand my mixed feelings??) As an Aussie, I’m genetically predisposed to barracking for the underdog, especially one who steps up to the plate. So while Kendall had major issues, I liked the fact that he wasn’t always looking for someone to save his arse. Instead, he had a hidden resourcefulness and people underestimated him at their peril. Mwahahaha!
Dislike~ So much going on in this story. Too much at times in my view. I think the plot might have been better served without all of the twists and would have still offered up a fast-paced story with threads which could be dealt with in a sequel. *Hint, hint*
Like~ A BIT OF A SPOILER. Can I just say I liked the fact the reader finds out Kendall and Turn weren’t actually related. A lot less squicky for me, especially as they also (basically) had the same names. Put a whole new spin on the being in love with yourself concept and did weird me out a bit. I was very grateful when the non-rellie thing was revealed. Just call me Ms Prude.
So, what I think:
A pretty good read for a new-to-me author. I will definitely check out future work from her because I like her writing style and the series has great potential.
‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.