Genres: Adult, Dark Contemporary Romance
Published on: June 6, 2017
POV: first dual POV
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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Dark Contemporary Romance alert! Notice is a complete standalone written by a dark contemporary romance queen K. Webster. I’ve heard great things about her books for years and couldn’t wait to give one a try, hence, this book.
What is the story about?
Violet Simmons works as an assistant to the owner of the company, Grayson Maxwell. A sexy, handsome, successful guy she has secretly had a crush on the last six years as his assistant. However, never once he acknowledges her presence in the six years she has worked for him. After uncounted times being harassed by her co-workers with no words from the owner to defend her, and a stagnant career as an assistant that was seemingly no chance to go up, she is tired of her job and decided to get a new one. The moment she slapped her resignation on his desk in front of him, he finally notices her and things start to get overwhelmed.
Grayson Maxwell is an ex-sniper turned to be a successful businessman. Growing up in a complicated family he has a rare ability that can be called ‘special’ or ‘weird’ depending on how you see it. He is extremely focused—a 200% focus than the abled, normal humans—, very calculated, and detail oriented who can only focus on one thing at the time. His unique ability has brought the company he leads to be one of the best and gained him a reputation as the one you cannot mess with. A powerful and successful man. It does have a negative effect, though, since he does not notice his surroundings when he focuses on one thing; the answer to why he doesn’t know most of his employees, including his own assistant.
The moment she slapped her resignation on his table, he starts to notice her. This then turns out to be an obsession as he normally does to things he works for. The more he gets to know her, the more he wants to make her his. He vows to redeem the past six years by trying to get to know her, earning her trust, and eventually winning her heart. Making her his forever, which is his ultimate goal.
Violet is mine and she will continue to be mine. I’ll make her mine in every way that I possibly can.
What did I think about it?
I had mixed feelings for the heroine. Violet was such a strong heroine. After years of being in an abusive relationship, she managed to change her life—getting an education and a great job to support herself as well as her mother and making sure she was safe. The things I most admired her. I loved her selfless personality and understood the reasoning behind her actions considering her past. I could feel her fear and all the complicated feelings she felt at things. However, the way she accepted him after knowing all his secrets was unbelievable. I felt like her character was not well-maintained with conflicted personalities. It would have been believable and made sense for me if I could see her progress from the moment she knew his true-self to finally fully accepting him, considering she was a victim in an abusive relationship six years prior which still haunted her.
As you might know, I love obsessive alpha heroes, even the ones with unforgivable actions. I love them crazy and unnormal especially when they manage to sweep me off my feet. The hero is what got me to read this book in the first place. The theme itself was something I could see myself enjoy. However, while I loved the unconventional elements of the hero along with his cringe-worthy actions, he did not succeed to make me fall in love with him, which frustrated me. I didn’t get to the point where I wanted to root for their relationship. The sex scenes and the romantic touches in their dialogs—as great as they were at times—did not move me. It confused and frustrated me to the point I wanted to skip some pages.
The climax which included her ex-psycho-boyfriend felt too rushed and was not the way I expected. Some things in this scene even did not make sense which was an unfortunate since I thought the author was capable of writing it more interesting and believable. I didn’t feel the thrill during the action and was not moved by the result.
The writing was too simple for my taste and did not move me emotionally. There were some parts where I felt had some potential to be something special but fell short of my expectations. The executions were poor had poor which took me away from connecting with the main characters as individuals and a couple. I would have liked to see more details, variety, and creativity in the writing.
Overall, this is a promising book to dark contemporary fans. If you enjoy a simple, fast-paced writing, you will like this story. Have I said the hero is HOT? Yep, he is. 😉
“You do realize you only figured out I exist a week ago. Now you’re ready to impregnate me and run off into the sunset. You don’t live in the real world.” This is why they call him Mad Max. “We’re just having fun.” His blue eyes darken to a shade of navy as he tugs the upper string behind my neck. My top falls between us baring me to him. “I live in the world I create,” he tells me, his words fiery with need. “And in my world, it’s you and me.”