Review: With Us by Layla Frost

Posted April 1, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: With Us by Layla Frost
With Us
by Layla Frost

2.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 13th 2017
Series: Amato #1
Published by Self Published
Format: eBook
 

“I was guiltily enjoying the romance until it got bungled up with the ridiculous mob boss thing that Frost decided throw in there.”
~ Under the Covers

Layla Frost gives us a Cindrella type story in the first of the Amato series with the heroine being rescued from the mediocrity and poverty of her existence by the hero swooping in and taking care of all her problems. I know I know, I sound a little cynical, mainly because I am. I do like a fairytale style story…. to a point, but what I like more is the heroine saving her own damn self. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book, I did… mostly… as long as I didn’t think about it too much.

If you set aside all my feminist grumblings about this book, the romance itself was very sweet, especially if you like an insta-love story. The hero, a sexy alpha male millionaire business man, falls for our over worked but beautiful heroine as soon as he sees her working as a Barista in a cheap coffee shop. Let the seduction begin! Their relationship built up quickly as Theo (our hero) convinced Dahlia (our heroine) that she couldn’t live with out him. Again, I am sounding cynical, but I did enjoy the first parts of the book as Theo and Dahlia get to know each other, they are both sweet and yet the heat builds until we get to the great sex scenes that Frost has a knack for.

What started to sour me to this book, was that of course Theo had to have a dark side, he was a Mafia-boss-type-dude, but it’s okay because he is mostly a nice Mafia-boss-type-dude. For me it just jammed up my suspension of disbelief mechanism, which was already working pretty hard and started to leech away my enjoyment of the book. For me, you either needed to not add that part in at all or be more realistic about it. It didn’t do anything for me and once the heroine found about it, to me, it seemed like one of the reasons she stayed was because she like the lifestyle she had now become accustomed to. I liked her before that point! But, by the end of the book I had added “gold digger” to her list of characteristics.

What it comes down to is that I was guiltily enjoying the romance until it got bungled up with the ridiculous mob boss thing that Frost decided throw in there. I’m not sure if I would read the next book in the series, as although I did half like this book, I also found it frustrating.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Timitra

That’s unfortunate. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne

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Ugh. I don’t like it when authors feel the need to add unnecessary parts to a story or don’t do it justice.

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Hi Elizabeth,

Same here, I thought the romance was great without the addition of anything else, it spoiled the book for me!

Suzanne

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Either your a good guy or a bad guy!! I don’t think its believable if its both! Thanks for the review!!

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Heya Kathy,

I don’t mind murky heroes, but, I just don’t think was done well enough, it was just thrown in without any depth or exploration.

Suzanne

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Bummer it didn’t work out for you.