Reading Update: Ours to Love by Shayla Black

Do you continue reading books with annoying cliches and characters?

Book Description

Between two brothers…

Xander Santiago spent years living it up as a billionaire playboy. Never given a chance to lead his family business in the boardroom, he became a master in the bedroom instead. His older brother, Javier, inherited the company and worked tirelessly to make it an empire. But while cutthroat corporate espionage took its toll on Javier, nothing was as devastating as the seemingly senseless murder of his wife. It propelled him into a year of punishing rage and guilt…until Xander came to his rescue.

Comes an irresistible woman…

Eager to rejuvenate Javier’s life, Xander shanghais him to Louisiana, where they meet beautiful London McLane. After a decade of tragedy and struggle, London is determined to make a fresh start—and these sexy billionaire brothers are more than willing to help. In every way. London is stunned to find herself open to every heated suggestion…and desperately hoping that her love will heal them.

And inescapable danger.

But at last a killer is watching, on a single-minded mission to destroy everything the Santiago brothers hold dear, especially London. As fear and desire collide, every passionate beat of her heart could be her last.

My Thoughts so far…

I have decided to stop reading ‘Ours to Love’ by Shayla Black. It’s been a while I’ve read an erotic book that has pissed me off. Honestly, I enjoy kinky erotic books eg. Exit to Eden by Anna Rice. I understand the power play that goes with BDSM narratives, the sexual adventures and character development. But this book uhn uhn I’ve suffered through but no more! Reading some chapters and muttering yuck is a sign this book should be off my CR.

Hoping the sex scenes would make up for the lousy cliches isn’t working for me. “Dom-male” who is attracted to the “inexperienced-natural sub” but all his thoughts are about changing her (eg. her demeanor and clothing to those of his past sexual partners which his thoughts slut shame). DISGUSTING.

I hoped it’d change but nope. I’m not waiting to find out. I also don’t appreciate narratives that shame casual, consensual sexual relationships. Especially when it wants to show a character is ready for serious commitments. It was a part of your life, own it without shame.

Oddly enough, I enjoyed the comical competition between Xander and his brother Javier over our heroine London. There is an unsolved murder being privately investigated by widower Javier who is drowning in grief and vodka.
A small community of great friends. A heroine trying to live without allowing her disability weigh her down. A pulsing sexual attraction between the main characters. All these make the book interesting. But I’m here to read kinky erotica not a surburbian romance.

This book is disappointing. Unlike Mine to Hold by Shayla Black which was an enjoyable erotic read in March.

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