Review: Simmer by Deborah Grace Staley

Posted October 16, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 4 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Simmer by Deborah Grace Staley
Simmer

 Stars

Series: #1 Wilde Dune
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on July 11, 2014
Pages: 202
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Okay, I’m going to pack it in. I’m at the 31% mark and I’m still not feeling this story. I take full responsibility and will chalk it up to an ‘it’s me not you’ thing. I don’t feel a strong aversion to this story. I’m just not into it. I was just skimming until bits caught my eye and that’s not really fair to the story or myself so I’m just going to stop.

I picked this story because I loved the idea of a romance on an island resort. I was very eager to enjoy a nice romance on the beach as a last taste of summer sort of thing.

There were several things that put me off the story so I’ll list them, though again, others might not really care or have a problem with them. For me, some of them are buttons that always turn me off or just things I have to be in the mood to tolerate better.

Well with that explained, here they are:

Firstly, the heroine was one with a case of extremely low self-worth. She always compares herself to her sister and comes up short. She feels other people make that comparison and get the same answer as well. Not true, but still her perception. She has squished herself into this drab and safe little box of life that is as different from her sister’s life as she can get to avoid these comparisons.

Next, and I will be fair to say that this one isn’t all on her, but the heroine has developed a need to avoid and mistrust all men because one guy soured her on the whole race of them. She put her heart out there and a guy crushed it. He did it in such a way that it also used her self-worth weakness against her too. Nevertheless, she meets a guy she is attracted to and spends the entire time I stayed with the book pushing him away and acting like a scared horny ninny while telling him different versions ‘see, see, you know you want to run because now you can see I’m weird’ and it was almost like she felt that if she drove him away first then he couldn’t hurt her later.

And that brings me to this attraction. I had an eyerolling moment when it was the instantaneous ‘we are fated for each other’ look and touch the second they clapped eyes on each other. This tired from jetlag and jaded man of the world gets one glimpse of Emma in the resort uniform and he’s a goner. It was only a bare two sentences and handshake later that they were both feeling it. At that point, they were panting after each other, felt the strong pull that was more than attraction, etc. I wondered if I had missed something because it was hot and heavy with tension so quickly. She was literally tripping and falling all over herself because she was so distracted with lust. Wow, they must both possess some sort of supernaturally gifted pheromones or something.   Sometimes I can get into the insta-feeling, but not this time. Even the insta-attraction didn’t pull me in because I couldn’t see a prickly female who thought herself awkward and geeky and a man of the world just going all hot and horny like teenagers.

So, like I said, it wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t for me. Those who are also contemporary romance fans who want an island resort romance might want to pick this up and give it a go.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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::snort:: supernatural pheromones. Goodness. Yah the insta-everything is too much for me most of the time. Do people really act like that in real life?! I guess they do but dang not for me. Sorry this one was a miss but good on you deciding better to call it a day than to force it until the end 😀

Sophia Rose
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It felt freeing just to take a breath, set it aside and move on instead of pushing through when I was barely paying attention after I caught stuff that didn’t appeal to me. I figured a third of the book was enough when I didn’t see anything that I was overly curious to see where it went. Sometimes there is that one little thread that keeps me reading even when nothing else is doing it, but not this time. You know, I ask myself that a lot. Do people really act like that? I’ve never seen it or felt it-… Read more »

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Oh I bet that would be an interesting poll for sure. I know people who have done the whole one night stand bit but don’t know of any who thought oh this is The One right from the start like that. Hmm.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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::snort:: supernatural pheromones. Goodness. Yah the insta-everything is too much for me most of the time. Do people really act like that in real life?! I guess they do but dang not for me. Sorry this one was a miss but good on you deciding better to call it a day than to force it until the end 😀