Friday, August 4, 2017

The Whole Man Review

The Whole Man
By: C.F. Rose

Evan O’Cleary was in college when she spent a passionate 48 hours with up-and-coming baseball star Jesse Walsh. But after he broke her heart, she vowed to never see him again. So why does her heart leap when she runs into him ten years later?

Jesse not only abandoned Evan, but also his dream of becoming a major league baseball player when his brother died in Iraq. Shattered by the loss, Jesse turns inward. He refuses to commit to more than a one-night stand, until he sets eyes on Evan again, whose body still draws him dangerously near…

Evan knows better than to trust Jesse, but when he protects her against an abusive ex-turned-stalker, one thing leads to another and she finds herself in a delicious encounter on his living room floor. Jesse may not be willing to commit just yet, but maybe Evan can break down the wall. As she gets close, though, Evan uncovers a devastating secret that could destroy their families and drive them apart forever.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Whole Man was what I would call the 'comfort food' of books. It's a predictable romance novel with a happy ending. There were no surprises. There were no cliff hangers. There were no life or death situations. The whole thing was a sedative read that didn't require any brain power or real concentration to understand what was happening or going to happen at all times. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I think everyone could use the comfort of a predictable romance novel every now and then. It's like a blanket that never loses it's warmth.

The main character, Evan, was pretty infuriating in that she couldn't make up her mind about her feelings about Jesse until the last minute. But also, she led him on throughout the whole novel which made me think very little of her character. Especially as she herself says that Jesse is a good guy who deserves better. Jesse is a macho jock who doesn't stick up for himself until after Evan drags his heart through the mud more than once, and even then in the end he goes right back to her as soon as she apologizes. Both characters were lead by their hormones far too much, and that aspect of the book was very far fetched. Who the hell can't stop themselves from groping someone long enough to consider their feelings, surroundings, or whatever conflict they're caught up in?

The one aspect of the book that really let me down was the abusive ex boyfriend. Not gunna lie, I was hoping for the big standoff; the fear of the victim, the show of assertiveness by the abuser, the act of heroism by the new love interest and I got none of that. Literally, nothing. The showdown between Evan and her abuser was so short lived that I almost missed it. It was so anticlimactic that I was actually upset afterwards. The author had created this terrifying situation of Evan being stalked and terrorized by this man and then when he confronts her he does it in a public parking lot and gets caught quickly and easily.

I did enjoy the overall impression of the book. It was nice to be able to read about the characters conflicts and know that no matter what, the characters would get their happy endings and all would end well for them. It was a comfortable read that created a good diversion from life for a short while. Sort of like a mini vacation. What more can one ask for in a romance novel?

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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