Example – Caulter Sterling
“Caulter Sterling is a prick.
A filthy-mouthed, womanizing, crude, spoiled, arrogant prick. The tattooed, pierced, panty-melting-hot son of a celebrity.
I hate him.”
Sabrina Paige has encompassed the meaning of the word prick into one character and into one book. I pretty much fell in lust with Caulter Sterling and his complete and utter assholish manner, it was amazing. I have never read a step-brother romance and to be perfectly honest I felt a bit iffy going to read it in the beginning – I think it’s an automatic reaction to the word ‘brother’ and my brain didn’t seem to see the word ‘step’ before it, however, I’m mighty glad I did.
Prick starts out with our ‘heroine’ being told that her father is getting married, there’s a bit of an internal monologue where she describes the fact that she is a goody two shoes daughter of a politician who isn’t able to have a good time because she feels that she’ll let her father down. Just before the end of her senior year in high school she decides to lose her ‘V’ card and being the politician’s daughter that she is, no male really wants to come near her for fear of the wrath of her father. Don’t blame ‘em.
However, shock horror, the fiancé has a son and that son is none other than Caulter Sterling – our filthy-mouthed, womanising, crude, spoiled, arrogant prick that is our ‘hero’ and what a hero. I love me a filthy-mouthed Alpha man and I’d say about 85% of the female population do too when it comes to their reading habits but Caulter Sterling takes the cake.
So far this year, he is the only male character I’ve loved to hate and hated to love all in one go. Sabrina Paige has written her characters in such a way that you have no choice but to love them or hate them or in this case both!
Katherine ‘Kate’ Harrison –she appears to be – a goody two shoes, smart teenager who is suppressed by her father’s political career and upset by the death of her mother four years prior; so she does what any teenage girl with a ‘V’ card to spare and a hankering to get the deed done before she reaches college – she reaches out to the resident man-whore in the form of Caulter Sterling. She loses that ‘V’ card and she’s more than happy to walk away from him and not get involved with him in any further way.
Until he shows up at her house behind his mother.
From that moment on the tension – both literal and sexual tension – is so thick you can cut it with a knife but it’s so well written I couldn’t find fault in the story line or the writing style at all.
At the beginning of this ‘relationship’ there’s an undeniable hatred between Kate and Caulter, a hatred that is all too called for – he’s a womanizing, crude, arrogant motherfucker who doesn’t care and would rather avoid Kate and she’s a good girl who would rather spend her time studying and avoiding Caulter like the plague. Doesn’t quite work out that way for either of them. To quote: “You’re the tattooed, chain-smoking, beer-guzzling, train wreck, son of the movie star who’s marrying my family-values, ex Marine Senator father. You’re a tabloid headline, standing right here in front of me!”
“Yeah? Well, you’re the goody-goody, stuck up, boring-ass virgin who’s so uptight she can’t find anyone to punch her v-card except the manwhore from her school who will screw literally anyone. And then turns out to be the most boring fucking lay I’ve ever had.”
Things get real hot and real heavy in this book and the sex scenes are just that right mix of hot and sleazy, filled with just the right amount of dirty talk coupled with the right amount of romance; though to be fair the romance side isn’t really ‘romance’ it’s more hot sex and sleaze but the ending of Prick has got one of the best love declarations I have ever read: “I fucking hate you.” (Katherine) “Well I fucking love you.” (Caulter)
A lot of reviews compared this to Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward suggesting that since Stepbrother Dearest a lot of romance have come out along the theme of step sibling rivalry/hatred turned to romance. If this is anything like Stepbrother Dearest I’m totally there. I loved Prick and can’t wait for Tool to be released.
Series: A Step Brother Romance
The Verdict: Amazing
For: Lovers of off limits romance, arrogant filthy-mouthed men and taboo love.
Publication details: February 5th 2015
Format: Kindle, 233 pages