Welcome to my stop on the tour of Resist by K. Bromberg!
**Please note that this is erotic romance fiction and intended for mature readers. 18+ years or older only.**
Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Who says you have to play by the rules to get what you want?
Agreeing to meet Ryker Lockhart is my first mistake. Rich, handsome, and more than intriguing, he thinks blackmail will bend me to his will.
But he’s wrong.
I may have done a few things that weren’t exactly legal, but I have my own reasons for that. The last thing I’m going to do is let some high-powered divorce attorney come into my life, have my body, and rule my heart. Not to mention ruin everything that I have carefully built in just a short amount of time.
But as much as I try to resist him, and against my better judgment, there is something about him that has me agreeing to his proposal.
I’m putting everything on the line for him. I just hope I won’t lose everything when this is all over.Sourced from Goodreads.
(Ink Stains are an equivalent to stars in any other form of rating, ranging from the standard 1 to 5)
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know what to expect about this book when I was going into it. Sure, I’d read the synopsis and I suppose I knew a vague indication based on the genre, but I ultimately started Resist without much. And to be perfectly honest again, I’m not sure I know what happened after finishing it.
Considering the romance genre, I found the writing mostly enjoyable to follow but the storyline and plot a bit lacking. I found myself skimming a lot of scenes but also engrossed in some of the interactions between characters. I questioned plenty of plot-holes which made the storyline that much more unbelievable, and I even questioned things that weren’t even plot-holes (because I’d missed small details when I was skimming.)
Let’s start with the whole premise of an escort service. The idea that our main character, Vaughn (“Vee” or “Saxony”) is running an escort service, named Wicked Ways, is fine, great, you do you boo, and she seems to be organised and ball-breaking in the beginning. She takes care of her “girls” and does what she needs to do. Which is all shown in the first few scenes. After that, it’s scarce that we see her interacting with her employees at all (even though she said she wanted to keep her professional and personal lives separate) but I really can’t envision an ‘escort’ service functioning so impersonally. Not that I needed to see the inner workings or whatever, but the ‘girls’ were lily-pad characters. Characters that only exist to allow the MC to bounce through a plot.
Our male protagonist, Ryker (yes, spelt like that), is a really misogynistic divorce lawyer. He only takes on male clients, because he thinks that they’re easier cases to win, and he’s the ideal high-end client that Vaughn needs to get the word around about Wicked Ways (gotta share that male white privilege somehow). Vaughn and Ryker meet when Vaughn needs to find a replacement for the escort which Ryker has requested, a woman who can do whatever she wants on her own time but must drop everything when he calls.
There’s a fine line between loveable asshole, alpha-male and straight-up misogynistic asshole.
Vaughn puts herself as the replacement, which I found incredibly confusing, considering she works at a club and also is the Madam of an escort business? In what universe is she able to just drop everything anytime and any place for a man?
Honestly, the whole book had me all over the place and I can’t really concentrate fully on my thoughts. There were definitely good things in this book, but I don’t think there was much to rave about. The ending surprised me enough that I would think about getting the next book just to see what happens next.
I’m all for good romantic cliches, alpha males and drama, but even I have a limit.