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I wish I liked this more but it was all one note

Under Pressure CoverUnder Pressure by Lauren Ashley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

NOTE: 8/10/19 – I’ve just received an updated ARC with an edited ending, so I shall see what has changed and report back accordingly.

Okay, I’ve read the edited version and my original review and rating still stands.

Both things I was WTFing about still come out of nowhere and, while there’s a bit more follow up for both, it still feels like a heavy handed way of setting up book two and wrapping up the issue with Scott’s parents and niece.

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Original Review This was okay and I was liking the sweet nature of the story until it went a bit bizarre at the end.

I’m going to come back when I’ve had time to think about it more.

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Righty I’m back.

So, the biggest issue I had with this one was that it was all one tone, there were no highs and lows to bring tension to the narrative up until the very end – like I’m talking at 96% ish! when all of a sudden there’s a huge plot point for what I suspect is going to be book two in the series.

I won’t say it came from nowhere, there’d been a tiny hint that the person involved might be singing from the same hymnsheet, if you see what I mean, but nothing even close to the revelation that comes out.

Then, in the EPILOGUE there’s a throwaway line about Scott’s parents and his niece which was an absolute cop-out imho and basically made me just shake my head.

Unfortunately, for me, there wasn’t anything which made this one stand out in a sea of similar sports romance/fake boyfriend/I’m never going to fall in love, oh look whoops I did books on the market.

Not to say it’s badly written, it’s a fairly tightly paced book and the characters are decently drawn and I loved Drew’s madcap extended family. I’d have just liked a bit more light and shade as we used to say in the dance world, to give depth.

Everything was just a bit too simple, a bit too easy, a bit too telling and not a lot of showing and most of the details were sex scenes not emotional connections between the two. Also, I felt they read much older than they were supposed to be (23-year-olds).

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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