Ensnared by J.S. Scott

Title: Ensnared

Series: The Accidental Billionaires

Author: J.S. Scott

Pub Date: October 2018

My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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Love is worth a fortune in this sizzling novel of accidental romance and riches by New York Times bestselling author J.S. Scott.

Wildlife conservationist Jade Sinclair isn’t used to having money. But when she and her siblings learned they were part of the mega-rich Sinclair dynasty, they became billionaires overnight. Jade doesn’t even know how to act rich, especially when she’s dealing with an arrogant, privileged, unreasonably sexy snob like Eli Stone.

Unlike Jade, Eli grew up rich, and he just keeps getting richer. Eli is always looking for an adventure, and he’s found an inviting one in Jade—as resistant as she is irresistible. His less-than-honorable plan? Get her alone in the wilderness by buying out all the spots in her survival class.

Calling a truce, they strike a bargain: Jade will teach Eli basic survival skills, and he’ll teach her how to navigate the world of the wealthy elite. Jade has only one condition—she will not let herself be seduced by him. But some things are easier said than done…

Ensnared is incredibly flustrating and poorly constructed romance story of self-conscious, struggling at being accidental billionaire Jade and ultra-rich, dangerously handsome Eli. It has everything such book needs to make it the blandest and irritating romance story, with a few pages of sexy in-between.

Jade is presented at the most ‘not-like-other-girls’ woman, she was a tomboy, she doesn’t enjoy make-up, and get this: she enjoys food! She is passionate about wildlife preservation and is an expert survivalist. The first half of the book we are tortured with the same exact conversation she has with different characters. It is her talking in perfect exposition about her poor upbringing, how she struggled to go though collage, how passionate about the wildlife she is, how she is a geek, she’s self-conscious. She hits the same conversation points first with her brother, then her sister, Eli and her best friend. How many times do we need to hear the same story? And on top of this – we have a great struggle of Jade becoming a billionaire. Her father was an ultra-rich and bigamist, and her step-family took her and her siblings in and took care of their financials. And I could potentially imagine that becoming fabulously rich out of nowhere could have negative mental effects, but dear gods… bring more nuance, more realness into this. Instead, we just get: I was poor and I know what I wanted, now I’m rich and I’m so damn confused over and over again. 

Let’s move to the romance in the book. It is between Jade and Eli, who she meets trying to buy a piece of land from him. She is extremely annoyed with him at first, be he is so into her, and so consistent in contact her *stalking* that she finally gives in. Man’s persistence in ignoring her ‘no’ is romanticised and gives us this novel… There are many things bothering me about their relationship, but the most troubling is the way he expresses his feelings of ownership and control over her.

“If you were mine, I’d want to know where you were going, too.”

Another flustrating, very popular among romance writers trope is the extreme level of unworthiness the female characters feel. Any fleeting sing of kindness is just too much for them to bear, they just cannot stand other people caring about them, she is such an inconvenience for other people. And I get that we all may feel like that, the level at which romance female characters feel like that is just too much. Stop with such bullshit.

This is Jade in hospital, with skull fracture:

“I feed bad that they’ve [Jade’s siblings] had to stop their lives to be here with me”.

This book is a pure annoyance. It nails all the worst hits of every damn romance, glorifies trope of ‘if the man is hot enough, he is not a stalker, he is determined’ and has absolutely no nuance in any of the emotional aspects of the story.

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