Review: 3 Stars for Only Trick by Jewel Ann

Posted July 17, 2015 by FMA in 3 Star - It left me craving for more!

Review: 3 Stars for Only Trick by Jewel AnnOnly Trick by Jewel Ann
on April 13th 2015
Pages: 380
Genres: Romance
Review Copy Provided By: Author


“Don’t Look Back in Anger” In one night, I lost five years of my life. Here’s what I know …

I was homeless.

I’m a recovering drug addict.

My inked skin crawls from lustful eyes.

I have a serious aversion to women.

My gay partner is a home wrecker.

I own a gun and I’m a damn good shot.

I’m a makeup artist, but it’s an insult to my talent.

I’ve never wanted to possess anything except my Ducati … until I met Darby.

Now here’s what I know since that day in the ER when she pieced me back together … nothing—but a few random thoughts.

My new “friend” is distracting, clingy, and obsessed with acronyms, emojis, and phrases like “breakfast soul mates.”

I didn’t want to like her, but she crawled under my skin and swallowed me whole. Now we’re best friends and she’s my new addiction. I'd drink her from a shot glass, snort her up my nose, or inject her into my veins if I could. What I won’t do … is ever tell her that.

She doesn’t know me … I don’t know me. When those missing years come back, I think she will hate me … I think I will hate me.

My parents named me Patrick Roth, and this is my story.

I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.

This was a hard book for me to review.  Because being honest about your opinion sometimes sucks.  Did I hate this book? No, definitely not, but I didn’t love it, or even like it either, it was just okay.  The things that didn’t work for me are things that might work for other readers.

  •  There were a lot adjectives used within each paragraph which distracted from my reading.  It became too flowery and seemed forced.
  • The female main character’s instant sexual attraction to Trick, as well as instant and ongoing desire to bed him was too much.  It was all Darby thought about.
  • I felt the blurb was misleading.  Easily 95+% of the book was told in Darby’s POV.  It wasn’t until well into the end of the book that we even begin to learn anything about what the blurb might mean when Trick’s POV is brought to life.  We get it sporadically throughout the book, and I mean sporadically like 5 sentences in a chapter here and there.  This book was 380 pages long, that is too long to wait to hear from him and start to learn what the blurb is about.  Which is a shame, because I was so intrigued by the blurb that I couldn’t wait to read this book.  I think perhaps I would have liked the book better had I not read the blurb first.
  • There was a lot going on, so many different “fire’s” going on that the plot didn’t feel developed, instead felt confusing… Darby’s relationship with her step-mom, her relationship with her dad, and why the hell did she feel like she had to go to those dinners, I didn’t get it, Trick and his guy liner, his relationships or nonexistent ones which leads to is he gay, isn’t gay – – –  and on, and on…
  • This is a minor detail, and one I only noticed as I was making my banner for my review, but the cover does not represent Trick.  Trick has tattoos (that are mentioned a lot), the guy on the cover does not have any visible tattoos.

Okay, now with all of that said, you are probably asking why I still thought it was okay. Two reasons.  1st, even though with the problems I mentioned above, I think that with some further editing or beta reading this could have been a book I would have liked.  I think it had a good premise.  2nd, the writing was good as was the dialogue and it improved toward the end of the book.  Trick’s POV was done well, which I definitely appreciated.

This is just MY OPINION! And what doesn’t work for me, may work for YOU!

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for honest review*



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