Published by Alessandra Torre on August 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years. Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.
Cuts grass when he's not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his body. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.
Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.
If you think you've heard this story before, trust me - you haven't.
This book was a mindfuck, and I can’t really say that I enjoyed it. First up we meet Layana. She’s a completely spoiled, pampered rich girl, who grabbed her trust fund and ran on her twenty-fifth birthday as a giant fuck you to her parents. As far as I could tell from the little we got of them, they weren’t terrible people, they just expected her to do nothing more than be someone’s trophy wife. So she took off. Ok. I can get behind that.
She meets and starts dating tech-genius-billionaire Brant and her whole life goes off the rails. We get a sense early on that there’s something a little off with Brant, but we’re not given enough information to figure out what it is. Then when Layana finally figures out what’s going on with him, Alessandra Torre keeps the information from us for another 50 or so pages, which got annoying.
To be fair to Alessandra Torre, the twist was one that I hadn’t seen before in a romance novel. I just don’t think she carried it off. View Spoiler »Brant has disassociative identity disorder. Multiple personalities. And he has no idea. His parents and wackadoo aunt have been feeding him pills since he was eleven-ish, and he thinks they’re for random blackouts. Those blackouts are actually when the other personalities come out, but he has no idea. « Hide SpoilerSo – he’s not getting any therapy, he’s not getting any coping strategies, just random pills that he swallows without question. Sure.
In the blurb, we hear about Brant and Lee. But the narrator and Alessandra Torre are quick to assure us that this isn’t the story we think it is. She’s right – it’s not. View Spoiler »Lee is one of Brant’s other personalities. « Hide Spoiler So now Layana is in love with both of them and doesn’t know how to get out of this situation. Of course she doesn’t! No one can get out of this situation without intense, ongoing therapy, possibly including some inpatient work. The fact that everyone just ignore this and tries to keep it from Brant is a really awful plot point. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Layana finally breaks the news to him, and in order to deal with the resulting psychotic break, his aunt ties him to a bed and keeps him drugged. This was so bonkers ridiculous I couldn’t even deal with it. I wanted to DNF it at this point, but I’d gone this far, and I was determined to finish. I did. You can probably figure out how it ended. It was the only way it could end, but its very predictability made it boring to read. By the end of it, I just didn’t care. These people were all so nuts I wanted Brant to take his considerable fortune and fly off to an isolated island without any of them.