WHY I READ IT
Reynolds is always a must read for me. I always enjoy her alpha males and fast paced story lines.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Distraction: The great intensity, novelty, or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention.
Sven is a man who takes pride in his ability to separate himself from his emotions. He’s a man who knows who he is and where he’s going in life, a man who needs no one, because needing someone, anyone, is a weakness.
His past taught him love isn’t enough.
Maggie wants the happily ever after, but has never picked the right men, or stuck around long enough, to build a forever. It’s always been easier to get out early, before emotions make things messy.
When Maggie wakes up naked in Sven’s bed, with no memory of the night before, these two must be honest about their feelings and face their fears, so they can build a future together.
Will love be enough for them to get their happy ending together, or will a threat from outside strike them down before they ever have a chance?
It’s so hard to a review a book you truly liked, by an author you love, but just had too many issues with.
Sven’s story is the one I was most looking forward to getting told. I didn’t really know what to expect from the story, so I can’t say I was disappointed with the storyline, but was disappointed in its execution.
Maggie finds out her sister was drugged in Sven’s club, so she starts showing up there, playing detective. Sven is worried she is going to cause problems for his customers, so he hires to her be his assistant. Forget not knowing her work history, he doesn’t even know anything about her. Regardless, he hires her, pays her six figures, and gives her total access to his empire.
Maggie is a strong, confident woman, and that comes across well in the story. She hardly let Sven boss her around and had some witty comebacks when warranted. Sven learned early in life that love doesn’t solve your problems, and never really looked for it. Until Maggie, of course.
When done right, insta-love can work very well in a storyline. It has for me in some of Reynolds other books, specifically her Until Series, but it there is a giant disconnect for me in Distraction. The big “I love you” happens after a night that Maggie doesn’t remember. We don’t even get to see through Sven’s eyes, and understand what changed in their relationship. Up until then, I was really enjoying it, but at that moment, it started to go south for me and it never seemed to get back on track. The rest of the story felt rushed and forced.
I’ve been a huge fan of Reynolds since she introduced us to Asher and November, and will continue to be. Fingers crossed that Justin gets his story told.