Monday, June 26, 2017

Complications by MJ Williamz

In this sequel to Escapades, Mel O’Brien has a string of bad luck with women but is determined to take another chance with Susan Maloney who’s new to the women’s community in which Mel lives. Susan Maloney moved to Maybon Tir looking for a new start after a bad breakup. She is determined to stay single and happy.

Things seem to be going Mel’s way until Susan’s ex, Dorinda, shows up in town, determined to take Susan back. Will Mel be able to win Susan’s heart? Or will she crash and burn once again?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a slow, angsty romance with a whole lot of sex. Seriously – how much sex can one woman have? Anyways. I was caught by the beautiful cover and quickly intrigued by Mel and Susan’s women-only beach town in California.

Mel is an interesting character – a womanising legend who works construction during the day and spends the rest of her time surfing and picking up women. While we see glimpses of a personality when she interacts with her friends and her best friend’s son, I never felt like I properly connected with her. Too much of her character development is done through flirtation and sex and I didn’t feel there was much depth to her character.

Susan bored me from the start. She doesn’t know herself, she’s angsting over an abusive ex-girlfriend, and she comes across as rude and abrasive. She doesn’t seem to have any interests, she’s fallen into a job… the woman is just plain boring. And don’t get me started on her relationship with her ex. Urgh.

There is enough graphic sex in this story to push it into erotica territory but it somehow lacks the heat of good erotica. The combination of tedious angsty dating drama and constant sex didn’t work well for me. The only time Susan stopped whinging and Mel stopped fussing was when they were shagging.

Most of my complaints are probably personal preference. I need a bit more action and a little more character development in a book. The cover also had me expecting some surfing drama and not a slow romance.

MJ Williamz was raised on California’s central coast, which she left at age seventeen to pursue an education. She graduated from Chico State, and it was in Chico that she rediscovered her love of writing. It wasn’t until she moved to Portland, however, that her writing really took off, with the publication of her first short story in 2003.

MJ is the author of eleven books, including three Goldie Award winners. She has also had over thirty short stories published, most of them erotica with a few romances and a few horrors thrown in for good measure.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Complications by MJ Williamz to read and review.

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