Saturday, 1 October 2016

Review ~ Going the Distance (No Excuses #1) by Mila Rossi

Going the Distance (No Excuses #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 9th 2016

Once you slap the hell out of the light heavyweight champion of the world on the night of his first loss, how do you convince him to give you an interview? That’s the dilemma Samantha Wellington finds herself in after turning down the most desirable yet foul-mouthed athlete she’s come across. Unfortunately for her, her job depends on getting his interview and this boxer’s not talking.

When Trent “The Punisher” Page is humiliated by the spunky reporter, then cornered for an interview, he does what he does best: he plays dirty. He didn’t earn his nickname for being nice, after all. If the little minx wants to know more about him, she’ll have to pay with the one thing she’s not willing to give - herself.

Her elements of surprise meet their match in his determination to succeed. With vastly different motivations, can they break down the enemy without jeopardizing themselves?

My Opinion

This book and story had potential. The blurb intrigued me with its hints at a strong female lead and stubborn alpha fighter. Unfortunately, I think it lacked execution and didn't meet what could have been a great read.

For me, I struggled to create any kind of emotional connection with this book, story, or characters. I felt thing moved too quickly and happened too easily. I mean 3 dates and suddenly Sam is all Trent can think about? I don't know, I just didn't buy into the speed at which he changed. I didn't think Sam did anything extraordinary towards winning him over, it all seemed rather mundane.

Similarly, their relationship progressed too quickly. This is a short read I finished in a matter of hours. It skips large sections of time--sometimes days, other times weeks, and even months. Personally, I felt this hindered the build up and growth of the characters. It led to a lot of telling of what they were feeling rather than showing the build up of emotions and creating tension.

Overall, it was an okay read. I liked the idea behind it, but I think the story had more to give. There was a bigger potential than what it reached.


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