2 "Why Must I Always Be The Black Sheep" Stars
I was very excited to try this recent release, since I'd been eager to try the author out and there are a staggering amount of positive reviews for it. Not to mention it ticked so many of my guilty pleasure boxes, including:
Artistic hero (artists and rockstars are my weaknesses)
Dog loving hero
Friends to lovers
I was expecting to be like other readers, and to fall in love with Damien and Chelsea's story.
I did not. In fact, I nearly shelved this as a DNF!
My biggest problem with the story was the heroine, Chelsea. She was completely destroyed after breaking up with her then-boyfriend, and her only real joy comes from working at a youth center, at least until her new neighbor arrives.
Once Damien was on the scene, all that angst over the previous relationship went out the window. While I was glad she was no longer moaning over the other guy, it was jarring to see her go from being totally listless to wanting any and all of Damien's attention. Ex-boyfriend who?
I can handle negative attributes in a protagonist; it gives them a more well rounded and believable feel. However, you have to balance that out! Aside from whining, moping, acting like a dramatic 14 year old, questioning herself and being horny (that one's not a flaw!), Chelsea had no other characteristics. She had no backstory beyond the ex-boyfriend, no likes or dislikes beyond Damien, and no real hopes or dreams. She mentions her enjoyment of her job at the youth center, but we never get to see or hear why she enjoys it.
Then there's Damien. He was a very typical contemporary romance love interest: a bad boy with a soft side, who happens to be hiding something that he feels the heroine cannot handle. He was pretty forgettable, to be honest.
My favorite characters were Damien's two Rottweilers. They were the most original part of the book.
One thing I had a massive problem with were the sex scenes! There was absolutely no foreplay, none at all. They'd be having a conversation, make eye contact and then boom, penetration. It was like really bad porn.
The pacing was choppy, with some things rushed and some things that dragged on. It kept me from really falling into the story.
On the plus side, it was as addictive as reality TV, and I finished it in less than a day.
Overall, I was not a fan of this one. Clearly, haha. However, don't take my word for it - I'm the only one to rate it lower than 3.5 stars!