Review: Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read another story with the theme of a widowed spouse, and because I enjoyed that story tremendously I decided to try this one. The premise of Cassie Mae’s story seemed close enough that my curiosity was captured, plus the idea of pillow talk – who doesn’t like that? And while this story is categorized as ‘a feel-good romance that will steal your heart’ I found it anything but.

This is my first story by Mae and while I’m not sure if this is her writing style, but I found too many things lacking to say that I enjoyed this or even felt good about it. Kennedy’s boyfriend, Jared, is dead. After being diagnosed with cancer, he fought the good fight. A year after his passing, Kennedy’s gone back to Jared’s hometown to spread his ashes.

Getting off the train, Kennedy’s arrival at the B&B of Jared’s sister, Chelsea, is slightly marred by her attempt at flirtation with Austin. Turns out that Austin is (Aaron) the hero’s twin brother, but unfortunately for Kennedy, Austin is gay and turns her down. So her first attempt since Jared’s death is a complete bust. This is about the time I realized that this story isn’t going in the direction I expected. I say that because Kennedy never had a thought of anyone but Jared; not even when she was flirting with Austin. And I found it strange that she had no friends or support system. Not one. Isn’t that strange?

Aaron was Jared’s best friend, and when they were younger, Aaron slept with Jared’s girlfriend, Lissa. That betrayal ruined the relationships for all three. That story line with Lissa was unfinished. She’s actually a local and while Aaron is feeling all sorts of guilt for his actions towards Jared, as the reader we get no sense of Lissa’s thoughts/actions for her actions back in the day. But then again, maybe that doesn’t matter.

Once Kennedy meets Aaron soon after her arrival at the B&B, there’s an understated attraction. But Kennedy’s got her love for Jared while Aaron’s has his guilt over past actions. Let’s talk about Jared and Kennedy for a second. Kennedy said more to the deceased Jared than she did to Aaron. I wish Jared was still alive so she could have him back. She didn’t want to let him, not even his ashes, go.

After a while, I didn’t want her to let him go. Then I wondered if the ‘idea’ of Jared was better than the ‘real’ Jared. There’s the fact that he didn’t want to marry Kennedy because he didn’t believe in the sanctity of marriage – why I don’t know. But then I realized I shouldn’t care because it really didn’t matter. But I did wonder – why do I even care about Jared when he’s not the hero I should be caring about. It should be Aaron but I didn’t care for him as much as Jared took up my thoughts. And why did it take well past the 50% mark for the romance to start?

There is so much telling in this story that I bet all the dialogue could fit in less than a chapter. I don’t enjoy, much less like, stories that tell me what’s going on. Don’t treat me like I’ve never read before. Give me dialogue. Give me the now but don’t bog me down with details like laundry and things I’m familiar with. Give me the talking and interaction between characters. Give me the cheeky language. Show me the personalities through conversation. The paragraphs go on and on about what they’re thinking. Even between Aaron and his twin, the conversation was lacking.

You’ve lost me when even the sex scenes were without dialogue. The first mutually (you know what I mean here) satisfying scene between Kennedy and Aaron – Aaron has ZERO dialogue. Isn’t that supposed to be the fun part?

Happy reading folks!

Rating: D

*Book provided by publisher via NetGalley

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Cassie Mae
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept

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