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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Audiobook Review: Wild Boys After Dark - Jackson by Melissa Foster

This one left me a little befuddled and scratching my head after. It's still hot, just not my kind of romance.

Format: Audiobook (A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Melissa Foster
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Narrator: Paul Woodson

Everything's naughtier after dark...
Receiving a marriage proposal is supposed to make a women happy, but when Erica "Laney" Lane receives a beautiful marriage proposal from her perfect boyfriend on the eve of her annual camping trip with her best friend, Jackson Wild, the first thing she does is jump into bed with Jackson.

Jackson's all too happy to screw the annoyance out of Laney. After all, they've always screwed the hell out of each other when they were bored or angry, lonely, or too damn drunk to see straight.

But the marriage proposal changes everything, and their annual camping trip takes unexpected turns. Will a few nights in the wilderness set these friends with benefits free, or lead them on a path of destruction?

What’s it About? Longtime friends Jackson Wild and Erica “Laney” Lane have had a friends with benefits relationship for years and it’s worked for them so far. Then Laney gets a marriage proposal from her boyfriend right before she leaves on her annual camping trip with Jackson but instead of jumping for joy, she jumps right into Jackson’s bed. The camping trip takes a different turn as Jackson and Laney start to realize that their friends with benefits relationship can’t continue indefinitely.

I hate to do this because I usually love Foster’s work but I had to slam the brakes on this one. I get the edgier and sexier vibe that the author was going for with this series but I just couldn’t figure this one out.
I thought they both came across as selfish and a little cold and when it came to Jackson, Laney was a pushover and let him get away with too much.

Here’s the thing, Jackson and Laney definitely loved each other, they knew it, they owned it, but they don’t realize that they’re in love with each other in the “I’m all in and it’s going to be you for me and me for you for the rest of time” sense. I think that’s what this short story is about, their journey from just sex buddies and friendship to something more meaningful and permanent.

The plot was a little unbelievable to me and I know that this is fiction but I do need to believe in the characters and the story being told and that didn’t happen here. I just couldn’t get past the way Jackson and Laney disregarded other people’s feelings because of their friends with benefits bit going on. Some people might take offense at what they would consider

This is the first time I’ve heard Paul Woodson and while I may not have enjoyed the story I did enjoy the way he narrated the book. His voice is easy on the ears yet still has a way of getting a person’s attention with minimal effort.

Click It or Skip It? I’m going to be honest, I didn’t care for Jackson very much but it’s one of those stories that really depends on the reader’s preference. I’m going to Skip It but if you’re okay with open relationships then buy all means Click It and have fun.

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