Seductive Memory by AlTonya Washington

Posted by Mrs Giggles on October 26, 2018 in 2 Oogies, Book Reviews, Genre: Contemporary

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Seductive Memory by AlTonya Washington
Seductive Memory by AlTonya Washington

Kimani, $6.50, ISBN 978-1-335-21686-1
Contemporary Romance, 2018

Linus Brooks and Paula Starker – two folks with some of the most unfortunate names ever – had a thing once but they broke it off, and now they meet again when their friends are getting married and they are invited to these weddings. The whole thing takes place in some private tropical island, which apparently grows in trees to the point that every Kimani couple has one, and so ooh, romance. Ooh, money, although of course we can’t say that out loud because only whores love money and we certainly aren’t any of that. Ooh, so many hot playboys begging for me to buy their books next, with the author telling me that these boys stick it into every woman that fails to climb up a tree fast enough and that, sisters, is what we all want in a husband. A man whose willy has been inside every woman in our neighborhood and at least nineteen surrounding zip codes. Hot!

If Seductive Memory seems like every freaking Kimani book that arrives at my mailbox every month, well, it is. The same thing, the same characters, the same blah blah blah, the same “Hello, it’s this sequel bait’s turn to chat with our main characters, and when that person is done, here’s another sequel bait coming up in the queue” thing passed off as “plot”, the same issues.

On the bright side, Paula comes off like a reasonably smart heroine with – hallelujah – believable libido, and I like how she acts like it’s normal to lust after a hot man instead of acting like a headless chicken each time she wants some of that cake. Also, the author also cleverly keeps me in the dark about why these two broke up, but there is hardly any suspense to be had when I’m so distracted by the boredom. Nothing else feels unique, different, or interesting in any way. It feels like some random formulaic Kimani romance novels cobbled together, and I can only wonder whether the author was as bored writing this thing as I’m bored reading it.

Where’s the story? The romance? The plot? They are there… somewhere… but everyone’s just walking up to one another to talk, talk, talk. This won’t be so bad if they were being funny, or if they were talking about interesting things like trying to guess which playboy was the source of the STD infecting everyone in this circle of friends. But no, this is one giant chatter party where everyone just wants to talk about how awesome their lives are. Oh darling, you’re so hot! Baby, you’re so radiant now that you’re married! Betcha getting that big thing regularly from your awesome, hot, rich husband! Did I tell you about my own awesome, hot, rich boyfriend too? Oh, look at that awesome, hot, rich fellow who is getting it around town, he’s the BFF of my awesome, hot, rich boyfriend and you must totally get his book too! And there’s that other awesome, hot rich fellow that is the friend of the awesome, rich fellow that is the BFF of my awesome, hot, rich boyfriend and they are all totally awesome, hot, rich and – hey, where are you going and watch that cliff…

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2 responses to “Seductive Memory by AlTonya Washington

  1. Angel S

    Omg. How do you keep your sanity reading these books one after another. I gave up long time back.LOL.
    Try old mills and boons. I came across one about child abuse victim who goes through breakdown and guy realizes that his love in not enough and with medical help and his love she will be all right, illegitimate child who gets her prince charming who tells her he will be there for her but she will have to learn to keep her head up as her illegitimacy is not a defect and is becoming weapon in hand of people due to her own shame. This when he knows it will have negative impact on his own career. Stop running and face them he says and she does all on her own while he stands at sideline being her silent strength. A woman who is not in love with her husband and has affair and realizes that life at high may have its moment but it comes at cost. The interaction between husband and wife regarding affair is so beautifully played. No slut shaming or groveling. Just two people who have to revisit thier relation once again with better understanding. A near rape victim and impact it has on her and the man who loves her. Slow healing and beautiful growth of relation.
    I read somewhere old m & b were woman’s novel and hence talked about more than romance.

  2. Not that I am blaming Kimani – ahem – but I am currently on an unplanned short break. I’m burned out and the last thing I want to do at the moment is to read a romance novel, LOL.