Title: An Indecent Proposal
Author: Julia Ross
Pub Date: January 1st, 2017 (first published April, 15th 2014)
My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The sensual, disarming story of a love triangle and an indecent proposal… With a failed relationship behind her, 25 year old Sara decides she has nothing to lose and accepts a new job in Switzerland. Feeling lost in her new surroundings she’s befriended by her work colleges Leo and Oscar. Blue-eyed, fair-haired Leo is gentle and sensitive. Oscar, his best friend, is the opposite: dark-haired, brown-eyed, and direct to the point of brusqueness; to her surprise she feels strongly attracted to them both. They make her a proposition – a long, no strings attached weekend in Barcelona, going along with anything they suggest. But what happens in Spain leads Sara to find it impossible to keep to their agreement…
Ah… what a mistake that was. I was very stressed recently, I had my master degree exam, I was studying a lot, so I needed a silly, fluffy and sexy read. I had this ARC on my Kindle for some time now, so I decided to give it a go. It was not enjoyable at all!
First of all, the writing is a bit off – the way conversations were written sometimes made us think that it was someone else delivering the line. To give example:
“Sara, by chance, do I have something on my mouth?” I started, not expecting the counter attack
“Have you really understood?” He seemed to hesitate a moment, but then his lips tightened in a cruel line.
“Good morning!” He grinned at her.
In each of the examples, the person that delivered the line, was not the person which action was described. It was like this again and again, making it difficult to understand parts of the book, and who said what
What’s more, the main character – Sara is insufferable. She is overly dramatic and childish. She cries a lot, on average every second page we see her crying, and/or running away. She sometimes starts crying, and doesn’t even realize it! She only feels how dump her cheeks are after a hot guy asks her what’s happening. She is extremely self centered – at her best friend’s wedding, she dramatically runs away after a drama involving her love interests from five years ago. Come on, who does such thing?
The whole mystery of what happened five years ago, on the memorable weekend it so, so disappointing and annoying. Really, this is why she disappeared, and this is why she is suffering for five years, and really no one moved on in those five years… I just can’t. All the characters are strange and unlikable. They don’t have anything in common with a real life person. I hated the trope of mysterious, bad guy that magically knows everything what the girl things and wants, and his penis is just the answer to all her problems. Relationships between characters were awful.
It’s not a good book, writing is off, characters are annoying and underdeveloped, story is just stupid. Sex scenes are not helping the story, there aren’t that hot. Skip this book.