I received this book for free from TRSoR Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
on January 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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No sex outside of the game.
No disclosing the terms of the contract.
Rules were made to be broken, right?
Eight weeks ago I signed a contract. One that seemed like a good idea at the time. A handsome bachelor, luxury accommodations, and a chance to win a prize my family desperately needed. There were some rules though. Lots of them actually. Follow the script, no dating, sex, or disclosing the terms of the deal. After my self-imposed moratorium on men the last year, it wouldn’t be hard to live up to my end of the bargain…so I thought. Until I realized the deal I’d made was with the devil…and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.
As a contemporary romance reader, I have a certain preference for alpha heroes and headstrong heroines. When I read the book synopsis for Throb, I had a good feeling I’ll be reading about said characters, swoon-worthy romantic scenes, and hardcore “action”. In some moments I got to enjoy those things, but there were some instances where I couldn’t help but nitpick.
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For the record, this is my first time to read a Vi Keeland novel and it has been an enjoyable experience. Keeland’s writing was very easy to get into—it’s a good thing for any reader to be able to dive right into the story without much complications. The prose was simple and fluid that before I knew it I was already a few chapters down the road.
Throb introduced readers to Cooper Montgomery, the successful owner of a production company who’s driven, bossy, and knows how to work a suit. His half-brother Miles is his polar opposite in terms of professional success. Miles’ knack for producing lackluster TV shows make another comeback, so he takes on big brother for help. Despite Cooper’s reluctance, he inadvertently agrees when he meets Kate Monroe, one of the contestants in the dating reality show produced by Miles.
The chemistry between the two was believable, and the way Cooper relentlessly pursued Kate made me swoon in many instances. I liked how Kate got under his skin so easily that he was dropping everything and going out of his way just to be with her. However there’s a fine line between being relentless to outright creepy. There were some moments when Cooper’s actions bordered on being the creepy stalker and that bothered me a bit. I also felt the sexual tension between the two, but the scenes played too long before the act itself. But hey, when Keeland unleashes the steam factor, she really brings the big guns! Prepare to feel hot and bothered when Cooper and Kate finally do the deed.
On another note, I feel like I had to nitpick on certain things, like Kate’s demeanor. As a reader, it seemed to me like she was leading on both Cooper and Flynn, the show’s resident bachelor. Kate’s best friend Sadie dished out useful advice about deciding which guy she should commit to, but unfortunately, I had to read through a lot of Kate’s indecision, making me feel like she’s playing both fields. If there was one thing I didn’t like, it’s reading about indecisive heroines.
I also had a love-hate relationship with Flynn. I thought I had him pegged as the bored, over-sexed playboy stereotype, but he surprised me towards the end of the story. My only gripe was that he was a bit of a doormat. The story’s conflict would have been a lot more interesting had Flynn put up a strong fight. On the upside, Keeland tied up the ending well for this character that I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series that puts the spotlight on Flynn.
Despite the hang ups in characterization, I enjoyed reading my first Keeland book. It was a satisfying happily-ever-after read and I definitely appreciated the author’s work for giving readers a deeper insight on what happens behind the scenes in TV production. Those little tidbits of detail make the reading experience more engaging and I hope Keeland will keep on injecting these elements into her writing.