Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: Prick by Sabrina Paige

Series: A Step Brother Romance #1
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Sabrina Paige
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Rating: ★★

I can't stop thinking about that prick.

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.

He's slept his way through practically every girl at Brighton Academy.

Except for me.

I'm the good girl. The responsible girl. The 4.0, class president, studied-so-much-she-never-lost-the-big-V girl.

And in celebration of graduation and adulthood, I just made the worst decision in the history of ever.

I lost my V-card to the devil himself.

It was just one night. So what if it was mind-blowing? Hit it and quit it.

Except I just found out that my father - the Senator, the Presidential hopeful - is marrying Caulter's mother. Oh, and this summer? We're hitting the campaign trail.

One big happy family.

I'm totally f**ked.

Since reading Penelope Ward's highly popular Stepbrother Dearest (which I loved!), it seems like step-brother romances have been coming out of the woodwork. Stepbrother Dearest definitely wasn't the first book that I've ever read that dealt with step-sibling romance, but it seems like there has been a definite influx of this kind of romance ever since the success of Stepbrother Dearest. I mean there's this one, and this one, and this one, and this one and countless others. 

PRICK by Sabrina Paige garnered quite a buzz since it's release and I thought I would give it a try since I do love reading a good taboo romance. The blurb totally caught my attention, and how could I pass up on reading about a tattooed, pierced asshole? 

The plot of PRICK is pretty simple. Virginal and smarty-pants, Kate, goes to the resident male whore and bad boy of her school, Caulter, to help her get rid of her pesky V-Card. He doesn't know she's a virgin but they still share a passionate night that neither one can forget. A few weeks later,  Kate's U.S. Senator father and Caulter's Hollywood movie star mother, informs them that they've been secretly dating and plan on getting married soon. Kate freaks out that she did the nasty with her future step-brother but can't stop fantasizing about him. The news doesn't phase Caulter and he continues to drive Kate crazy with his assholeness as he tries to get back in her pants.

Now, the whole reason why readers are so interested in step-sibling romances is for it's taboo factor. Kate and Caulter's relationship is supposed to be forbidden, but how could that be when their parents aren't even married when they first got together? Yes, their parents were in a relationship, but it's unknown to each of them. And when these two are living under one roof, it never felt like they had to keep their "relationship" a secret because no one was ever around. To me, it never felt like it was a secret or forbidden romance.

And speaking of romance....there was absolutely none! When the couple spends 80% of the book bickering and not even engaging in ANY kind of conversation, how does that convince me that they are falling in love? Caulter is supposed to be the "prick" in this story but I found Kate to be just as much of an asshole as Caulter. The chick loved playing hide the sausage with the dude, and it seemed like that was all she really cared about. Sure they had tons of sex, but it was all gratuitous, and it didn't portray them as a young couple falling in love. And quickly glossing over their "growth" in a matter of a few sentences towards the end was not enough to convince me of their personal, emotional, and relationship growth. 

Another problem that I had with this book were the ages of the characters. It wasn't necessarily their ages that bothered me, but more of the characteristics they possessed at that age, specifically Caulter's alpha behavior. Now, I love me a good alpha male, but Sabrina Paige did not convince me of Caulter's alphaness in this book. I'm sorry but NO 18 year old male is THAT alpha male. Sure 18 year old boys can be cocky and arrogant, but alpha? No. It felt like Paige was trying to convince me that Caulter acted like some mature man but in reality, he was still very much a self-possessed kid. Even with all his filthy mouth and "you are mine" declarations, he still came off as a very, immature young adult. 

If you're the kind of reader that's only into lots of meaningless f*cking then you might like PRICK. In my opinion, there are far better stepbrother romances out there (like Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines, Rival by Penelope Douglas, A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers just to name a few) that offer a great story and characters that are more than one dimensional. If you're the type of reader that requires more substance and depth from a story and it's characters, then I would skip this one. I can definitely see how erotica lovers would love this book, but unfortunately for me, this just wasn't my cup of tea.

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