Office & Workplace

Book Review: That Man (That Man, #1) by Nelle L’Amour

That Man 1 (That Man Trilogy, #1)Publication date: April 8th, 2014

Format: Kindle, 166 pages

Synopsis: There’s a new beautiful player in town…

Blake Burns, the sexy head of SIN-TV, who goes through women like some go through water. Until he meets Jennifer McCoy, his outspoken new assistant and development executive.

Newly engaged Jennifer has no idea that her devastatingly gorgeous new boss is the man she kissed, blindfolded, in a game of Truth or Dare. That kiss, that man, that beautiful stranger she cannot forget.

Blake hasn’t been able to stop thinking about that kiss either…and he’ll do anything to win Jennifer –even if it means being a beautiful bastard and breaking all the rules.

THAT MAN is a three-part romantic comedy serial with an element of suspense. THAT MAN 2 is available NOW, and the steamy and suspenseful conclusion, THAT MAN 3 will be available in early May.

My review: No . Just no.  I originally thought this would be a great book, – romantic with a hint of suspense and comedic value.  Then I started to read it – within about 3 chapters I’d asked myself if I would like some crackers to go with that cheese; within 5 chapters I’d asked myself why I was continuing to read it.

I didn’t find it funny at all, I also didn’t see any romance in it either and the suspense was the last chapter where the installment ended with a cliff hanger and not one that made me want to read the rest of the trilogy.

I found the whole thing too (and don’t hold this against me in any way) modern.  By modern I mean it was incorporating everything that had happened in the first 3 months of 2014 into 166 pages and I’m really not a fan of that, it gives me the feeling the author didn’t even try to write a plot.

SIN-TV – possibly the first time I’ve read a book that incorporates the national porn industry into a television channel dedicated to just that but then I found it a bit much.  The Wheel of Pain (don’t even get me started) was a pretty mediocre show on the channel, I thought at the beginning.  Then it’s like the author ran out of things to say and decided to turn what should have been a combination sex/torture/game-show wheel into an all out torture chamber in more ways than one.

Blake Burns was supposedly 30 years old in this but I likened him to a 17-year-old playboy with a small God complex who prefers beauty over brains and has more money than sense.  His best friend Jamie Zander – aptly nicknamed Jay-Z (seriously?) – is his playboy best friend who surprise, surprise settled down with a hot bird and had some kids; this playboy then proceeds to give love advice to the aforementioned 17-year-old playboy.

He’s the big hotshot head of SIN-TV working under his father and has this instant hatred of research teams to find out why his channel is doing so badly during the day.  Maybe it’s the fact that you’ve got hardcore porn repeats on when really – according to Jennifer – what women want to watch is bad rerun of Fifty Shades of Grey (I have a big dislike of that book and its bloody movie).  Plus he has a thing for beautiful blonde bombshells with names that begin with ‘K’ and all of a sudden a dark, average looking ‘J’ comes into his life and he wants to change it up a bit.  Stick with what you’re good at mate.

Jennifer McCoy was the newly engaged female character and “love interest” of Blake who in the beginning is attending er engagement party with her friends but minus the fiance and minus the ring.  That would instantly ring alarm bells in my head that that asshole is doing something he shouldn’t be doing. Why propose marriage without a ring?! Idiot and I mean both the fiance and Jennifer.

She’s at her engagement party with her friends including the ‘token gay’ best friend, I find 8 out of 10 contemporary romances have, as if a book isn’t right without at least one homosexual.  [Please note, I have absolutely nothing against with the LGBT community – my oldest and best friend is homosexual and he’s amazing, along with every other person in the LGBT community – what I do find irritating is that as above, 8 out of 10 contemporary romances have a ‘token gay’ in them as if they’re just fodder for the masses.  It’s wrong].

She, I’m hazarding a guess, was supposed to be between 22 and 24 years old but I felt like she was a teenager.  Her friends call her Calamity Jen *ha. ha* Didn’t find it funny, my personal favorite is when she’s daydreaming over Blake in the office where they both work and like an idiot manages to catch her finger in the door and rather than cuss like a sailor she swoons and faints in his arms. ‘Bout as romantic as it got.

Blake is a smutty asshole, Jennifer is an idiot – I got the feeling right away – if your fiance doesn’t love you enough to come to his own engagement party, if he doesn’t love you enough to want to be somewhere you want to be despite hating it, if he doesn’t love you enough that he sneaks out of his own house while you’re sleeping. He ain’t good for you and she didn’t even clock on to that fact – too busy daydreaming about Blake (that right there is an idea that you don’t love your fiance either, just sayin’).

Lets not forget the absolute pig at the end of the book shall we? Not even going to explain that one – a foul mouth and a disgusting attitude towards women coupled with attempted rape in the Wheel of Pain.  No thank you.

In general, I found this to be quite a rushed little short story with nothing really to say, I didn’t find the editing to be very good; I didn’t like the story in general and I didn’t think much of how the characters were written.

I’m sure that other people might enjoy this one judging by the reviews it received on Goodreads and on Amazon but I personally didn’t.  Would I recommend it? No I wouldn’t.

My rating: 1 star

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