Monday, March 14, 2016

Book Review: I Am Atlas (Playing God #1) by Ella Emerson

Powerful, wealthy, wildly handsome Atlas has it all: successful company, stunning penthouse, and all the women and fun he could want. But when he meets the brilliant, graceful and mesmerizing Gwen, he is thunderstruck and wants to go to great lengths to have her, even if it means breaking his own rules and baring his secret soul.

When his livelihood is threatened by a competing rival, he must prepare for a corporate battle. But, with Gwen at his side he knows he will not lose.

But, what if she isn’t who he thought she was? What if nothing is as it seems?
Will Atlas lose everything? 

How far is one man willing to go for the woman he loves?

This is the first and probably last book that I will read by Ella Emerson. Crappy way to start a review, huh. Well, it is what it is at this point. I was really excited to read I Am Atlas because I get a kick out of these billionaire romance novels. But this one wasn't like the others that I've read and that can be a good thing. But not when they are different in a non-flattering way, like this one was for me. 

The romance in I Am Atlas was one of those insta-lust type situations. Insta-lust is great and everything but not when the relationship between the insta-lust victims doesn't seem real. I just didn't get any intimacy from the interactions between Atlas and Gwen. Now, I'm not talking about sex. Intimacy can mean a whole host of things to different people but I think that the most important types are intellectual, emotional and, of course, sexual. Atlas and Gwen didn't have any kind of emotional or intellectual connection and let's be honest, the sexual chemistry was ... just okay. Both Gwen and Atlas seemed detached from each other or something. They were just not believable as a couple. 

Speaking of the couple in question, I had issues with each of them individually also. Nothing big but it is worth noting because it paints a larger picture for my review. Gwen was immature. Unless I read incorrectly, she's in her mid-twenties and immaturity shouldn't be an issue with how the author introduces her to you in the beginning of the book. I think the "tickle attack" situation was the most glaringly obvious immaturity issue. I've never known a grown woman to use that phrase unless she's talking to a kiddo and Atlas was obviously not a child. And then Atlas. I wanted to like this man or hate him. I want strong emotions towards a character because that's how I remember them. If they are boring as hell, then I'll just end up passing on the book because I know that it won't keep my attention. Atlas wasn't boring but I never felt like I truly knew him as the leading man. I'm pretty sure that's because about halfway through the book, he turns into this dominating sexual creature. It was out of no where. I just wish that the author had owned that shit and made him that way from the beginning of the book because when he wasn't and then was, it just made the character read as being completely inauthentic. 

The story was okay ... I didn't really get the suspense side of things and that's probably just me. I just think that the suspense was in this weird gray/middle ground where it wasn't super suspenseful but then there was too much suspense to NOT consider it a suspense. I would have liked to see the suspense cranked up a few notches. Again, own that shit. If it's going to be suspense, then it needs to be suspense, you know?

All in all, it was just okay. Not one that I'll read again and it probably ruined me for the author from this point forward, which is a little upsetting. I love finding new authors. I'm in the minority with my rating of I Am Atlas. A lot of people really enjoyed this one. Read a few reviews from others before you totally discount it but it just wasn't for me. 

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

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