I liked the concept. The idea of a rich guy helping the poor orphan girl out, but it all fell together too easily so I struggled to engage. There was very little character development and at the end of the book I'm still not properly introduced to my protagonists: that's disappointing because as much as I don't expect to know everything yet I should have an emotional connection by now. It's that emotional connection that makes us keep reading, right? I feel like Kara needed to struggle a bit more on her own for a bit and it seems just a bit too convenient that she's all swoony outside his condo when there is no earlier reference to her being sick - unless I missed that clue?
I'm not a gamer and I don't find gamers attractive, sure I like my alpha billionaires as much as the next romantic fiction fangirl but I don't picture them playing video games. I just can't take that seriously. However, I like the way it connects Simon and Kara. So I guess it adds something to the plot. Simon comes across a bit broken, definitely stalkery, quite vulnerable and controlling all at once - so it will be interesting to see how he goes on - it's already been hinted at that he has issues. I find it a bit odd that Kara jumps to that conclusion after they have sex though; oh he doesn't want to sleep next to me, he must have issues. It couldn't possibly be that that doesn't fit into what you agreed upon... one night - not sleeping... you agreed to sex. You've basically just slept with a stranger; he probably doesn't know what your expectations are and you clearly are unaware of his. She seems a tad immature.
Okay, reading back that sounds like a bit of a rant. Soz. There are positives. I promise. It took me a while to engage for a lot of reasons, some of them personal, like the gamer thing. It's safe to say Simon doesn't seem to be my type. That's on me, not J.S. Scott. Some of the reasons though are on Scott unfortunately, like the way everything seems to just fall into place. The angst and tension that is created by misfortune, "the suspense factor" was just missing. Basically the plot was simple; she's sick, he's stalking her, she has a moment of financial and emotional disaster, he swoops in and rescues our damsel in distress, she's really grateful, he asks her for a SHOCKING favour (as all the best favours are shocking), she thinks about it, he shows his soft side and she falls into bed with him.... What I've just written probably counts as spoilers, soz, but seriously where is the depth? I want raw emotion. I want caveman antics. I want him to call his bloody lawyer on her room mate for goodness sake. It just seemed to lack, leaving me a bit disappointed because I've read some bloody brilliant reviews for this book.
The highlight for me was the phrase; "Simon didn't ask; he demanded." just before he kisses her. It was hot. And all he wants is one night? This girl that he's been basically stalking for a year and all he wants is one night? He's clearly very insecure and definitely broken. That's nice in a character, right? We like them to be relate-able. It's what makes them real. As much as I enjoyed the occasional moment between the characters, I didn't actually properly engage in the story until the final chapter. It wasn't until they'd had sex and I got to witness the backlash that I found myself getting lost in it, the way I require from a good book. I'm definitely going to keep reading. I'm intrigued and as much as I've probably made you think it was bad (which was not my intention), truth is it was an easy, quick read and that can never be bad. I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes next, I'm just hoping that I'll get a bit more depth in the next part.
I give this book 2 stars (but I'm hoping to give it's sequel more).