Mini Review: Ripped by Sarah Morgan03:06
Author: Sarah Morgan
Date of publication: 26 Nov 2013
Genre: Romance, Novella, Cosmo Red Hot Reads
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Purchase Links: Amazon / B&N / iBooks
My rating: 3.5 stars
"Wardrobe malfunction" doesn't begin to cover it.
With a rip louder than the "I dos," Hayley's hideous bile-yellow bridesmaid dress explodes. She's always had enviable curves, but nearly naked wasn't quite the look she'd been going for at her ex's wedding.
She's rushed from the altar under the best man's designer tux jacket. Hayley's expecting a blast of icy disapproval from sexy, sophisticated Niccolò Rossi—his usual reaction to anything she does. What she gets is a kiss that nearly melts what's left of her polyester nightmare gown.
It's impossible on a million levels. Exuberant engineer Hayley and buttoned-up lawyer Nico have never seen eye to eye—but skin to skin? Oh, mio… So when Nico shows up at her flat on Christmas Day to give her a fabulous gift—himself—Hayley's delighted to do the unwrapping. But it's just a holiday fling. By New Year's Day, she'll come back to her senses…unless Nico's sensual skills tear away all her resolve.
Ripped is novella for the Cosmo Red Hot Reads and it's book 1 about the Miller sisters. I've read and enjoyed The O'Neil borthers series by Sarah Morgan and the blurb for this one made me curious to check it out as well.
It's a nice fairytale Christmas romance where I loved the first half and was disappointed by the second. The story started rather promising - a wardrobe malfunction at a wedding led to scorching hot, yet confusing encounter between the hero, Nico and the heroine, Hayley.
I liked Hayley a lot initially, she was smart and funny and her musings on life, love and men read a lot a cute chick-lit. Hayley was a professional woman who bad luck with men since they were usually intimidated by her brains and didn't appreciated her career-oriented lifestyle.
Nico, on the other hand, was just perfect from the start, too good to be true. We see him through Hayley's eyes and even though she finds him irresistible but believes he disapproves of her. All this leads to a lot of misunderstanding and some very hot loving between the two of them.
It was at Christmas dinner and what followed where things lost their balance for me. From then on the story read just like a rather simple a fairy tale cliche. The hero is in love with the heroine but she fights it because she doesn't believe he can love someone like her. The smart and funny Hayley lost all her common sense and self-confidence and she couldn't believe someone like him could actually fall for someone like her. She insisted on her New Year resolution for no-strings-attached sex, even though she knew it was not working for her. It was a magic reunion at Midnight on New Year's Eve led to fairytale happy end.
It was a nice hot romance but I was definitely disappointed with Hayley - her transition from a smart, witty and self-confidant woman to a self-conscious, immature girl who is afraid to admit her feelings didn't sit well with me.
The story was quite predictable but there were a few good laughs there and Nico was just yummy, making this an enjoyable quick read for a rainy afternoon or a day on the beach.