Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review: The CEO (The Game Changers #1) by Shealy James

Eve Bryant finds herself moving across the country with only one goal—to rediscover herself and get her life back on track…

Leaving a disastrous marriage, she swears off men and relationships, but when she meets sexy, charismatic Grant Mitchell, her new rules fly right out the window.

Grant is a born and bred businessman, and he always gets what he wants…

The moment he lays eyes on Eve, Grant is determined she will be his. She’s different from other women he knows—too stiff, too prim—but her smile pierces his heart and he longs to see what she’s like when she lets her hair down. They discover a powerful and undeniable connection, leading to a fast moving relationship that leaves Eve whirling in its wake.

The odds are stacked against them, and trust is hard to come by.

A woman scorned, a troubled ex-husband, and a mother bent on orchestrating her son’s future to suit her own agenda make for a very rocky road. The new couple may not last, no matter how strong their feelings for each other are. Grant is willing to fight to keep Eve in his life, but after recent events, Eve isn't sure she has any fight left to give.

Will outside forces drive Eve and Grant apart? Or will they learn there’s no love greater than the one you fight the hardest to keep?

Based on the name of the book, I really thought that The CEO would have focused on Grant but it didn't. Such a weird way to start a review, right? Well, I just think that the title is the first thing that you experience with a book and the name is everything. Anywho ... that is just my first thought. 

When I received this book, I wasn't told that it was an advance copy. When reviewers see that, we expect typos, grammatical issues and punctuation problems. It isn't a big deal and we know that there will be improvements and changes before the final copy comes out. But this one didn't say that it was an advance copy so when I (metaphorically) cracked this one open and it was a mess, I was a little surprised. I'll be honest. It was absolutely ridiculous. The amount of nonsensical sentences was just staggering. 

Here's an example: "Is someone to come home to them?" kept walking without turning back. 

W. T. F. No, you didn't read that incorrectly and I didn't type it wrong either. How the hell is someone expected to read that?!? I don't even know what the hell it was meant to say! These were ALL. OVER. THE. DAMN. PLACE.

I understand if this isn't the final copy. Hell, I'd be excited if I didn't receive the final copy. Something was definitely wrong and I hope that the mountainous pile of incomplete/nonsense sentences are fixed before this goes to the masses. It really takes away from the pleasure of reading when I'm having to decipher some unknown code to read a damn book. And let's not talk about the 'she' and 'I' issues. It was as if it was never decided which person to write the whole book in. 

Here's another big one for me ... the word TAPAS. In case you don't know, tapas means: small Spanish savory dishes. Spanish. SPANISH. Egg rolls are not Spanish. I'm fairly certain that crab cakes are also NOT Spanish. And I know for damn sure that TEMPURA (a Japanese dish), IS NOT SPANISH. The usage of tapas just set me off for some reason. If you don't know what something means, look it up or just don't use it. Please, for the love of everything soft and fluffy. Don't use a damn word you don't understand. 

Man, I sound mean, right? Just one complaint after another. I guess I'm so fired up because this book had amazing promise. I mean, the chemistry that the author created between Eve and Grant was sweet and enchanting. But when the sweetness is surrounded by stupid crap that shouldn't even be an issue, it sours you on the whole entire book. The chemistry between them was probably the only good thing about the book. There were so many things that weren't explained or tied up in the story. So many opportunities for the characters to explore relationships with other characters or to expound on the story already in place and it just didn't happen. I don't understand why. Why not finish the book? It felt unfinished and completely unresolved with every character except Eve and Grant and even with those two main characters, there were so many things brought up in the beginning of the novel that were never spoken about again and it seemed like these details were given priority at first and then just dusted under the rug when it was time for the novel to be over.

All in all, not a good reading experience. At. All. I don't think that I'll pick up another novel by this author and that's too bad. There was just so much potential. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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