Friday, April 27, 2018

The Woman Before You by Carrie Blake

Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads.

"Isabel: Beautiful. Talented. Bored.
Mathew: Mysterious. Handsome. Dangerous.

For Isabel Archer, dating is a way to pass the time in her otherwise safe and comfortable life. She casts herself as the Perfect Girl for every man she matches with, playing a different girl with a different back-story every night for months. It's innocent – one goodnight kiss before swiftly deleting each profile – until she goes too far.

Mathew likes playing games too. Only the games he wants to play are the kind you don’t always walk away from.

As Isabel falls hard for Mathew, his lies bring them closer to their downfall. And she won’t see it coming..." [ More +].

This story... the summary, it is all deceiving. The blurb made it sound like Isabel was this Gone Girl woman/character, but she really wasn't. She went out on a couple of dates and lied about who she was. In high school, she wouldn't say what she was thinking because she didn't want to hurt people's feeling. That didn't make her conniving or anything remotely exciting.

Then she met Matthew who turned out to be playing her. Obviously, Isabel falls in love with him and I just got annoyed when she was sad or crying over him. Aren't you supposed to be this femme fatale that play with men? So much for that. She fell for him on the first date.

The plot seemed just be an excuse to engage in heavy foreplay. Did they ever actually have sex? I don't know. I do know he taunted her and fingered her. After 50% I realized this book was just some mild erotica.

The story is told from two points of view: Isabel and Mathew, and I liked that.

There was not much sense on what was going on other than a vague plot that pro ided different cheesy scenarios to almost have sex.

Who was playing whom? Definitely not Isabel. And where was the thriller here? I guess that was me deciding if I should finish the damn book. What didn't he see coming? Because Isabel didn't live up to the premise of a bad girl.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this title.