I read the first few reviews, figured I wanted to watch the series, or at least the equivalent of the first book on Passionflix, so I thought I'd better read it. O.M.G.
First, I have no clue where these five star reviews came from but it wasn't because this book had a strong heroine, or even a semi-strong one. Every time Colton came within 5 feet of Rylee (cute name, sort of 80's but I can deal), she lost her freaking brains and became nothing. No backbone, no will, nothing. Just a toy for him to use, abuse, and throw out. Unbelievable that a FILM COMPANY would make a movie of a weak woman. Isn't this 2019? Aren't we beyond women willingly being used and abused?
Second, a man like Colton shouldn't be made into a hero of anything. I don't care HOW twisted, broken-up, and wounded he is because of his past, he needs to learn how to treat women. Your background is no longer an excuse for bad behavior, and someone should have told the author this before she wrote this book. He uses her: Oh, you're mine, but it is really ok if I stand around a nightclub with another girl hanging on me, kissing me. Oh, you're mine. You can't talk to that guy, no no no. I'll drag you into the elevator and tell you that you have one chance of getting away because when the elevator stops your mine. Hey, Mr. Brilliant, if she had a head on her shoulders and any kind of backbone, she would have backed away from you in the beginning. And the best - poor Colton has a nightmare and is now screaming at her to leave, but then he says "I told you what I was like". That is called consciousness of guilt. That's what people go to jail for.
Then, of course, there's the fact that NOWHERE in the blurb did it say that the book was a cliffhanger, although I should have known. No, that's wrong. I couldn't know if the author doesn't TELL me, or I could have slogged through all the five star reviews to find out that not everyone was impressed with this, and yes, there were some people who mentioned cliffhangers, but most of the "under five star" reviews were honest about the heroine with nothing going for her and the guy who is using her.
So now, I'm stuck with the entire set, because that's what Passionflix will be producing. This book, at least, should have been free. That way, the reader could know going into it that they have nothing invested, just in case they discover, like I did, that this is the never-ending story of an abusive man who blames his past, and a woman who is a lot like that dolt in 50 who couldn't get out of her own way.