Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
J&G: ✯✯✯ Stars
G&J: We love Mia Asher’s writing style. It’s flawless and extremely engaging. We also have a love/hate relationship with her characters and she knows it and we love her for it. There’s nothing like feeling those extreme emotions whilst reading and any Author who can get us to feel no matter what the emotion may be has written something pretty fantastic. We were so excited yet apprehensive when we began reading Easy Virtue almost expecting to either throw our kindles at the wall or cry rivers.
‘Love is selfish. Love is unkind. Love hurts.’
The beginning started strong and we were swept away in the brilliant and easy flowing story. We found Blaire to be an intriguing and strong yet vulnerable heroine and we began to see aspects of that hard arsed bitch we’d been warned of. As the book went on though we sadly began to lose momentum as the story did too and we began to disconnect.
Sadly, Blaire does not stop going on and on about why she is the way she is or behaves the way she does, should we say. It’s as if every time she makes a decision she has to excuse and base it on an injustice done to her in her childhood by her parents or peers. We were told rather than shown and it felt slightly forced at times. The reiteration of ‘why the gold digger’ became too much and extremely repetitive to the point where we wanted to shout, we get it already; stop harping on about it. We understand that it’s for the purpose of the story but that’s all it became and was the focus throughout. It actually counteracted what could have been brilliant! There were some beautiful quotes by Blaire which were in fear of becoming lost.
‘…love is a cage, a very painful one; its gilded bars made with yearning, heartache, and unfulfilled dreams. And the moment I realized that love wasn’t necessary to one’s survival I became free. No one would have the power to hurt me again. That realization set me free.’
We didn’t really feel that Blaire was truly the so-called bitch or a strong fierce heroine. Rather, we saw a confused sweet woman with vices underneath that hard arsed cloak who was trying to justify her enjoyment of sex and the finer things in life by blaming her childhood. Yes it’s a means to an end and the psychological aspects of why…well we accepted them to a certain point. That is until Lawrence and Ronan entered the picture. Here; Blaire lost momentum and became a different girl to the one we were initially introduced too. Her story became the beginnings of a love triangle rather than the story of a woman’s journey of the heart and mind. If this was meant to be the case then kudos to the Author. If not; well then we just didn’t feel enough or much at all to stay connected.
‘I look sinful. I look like sex – and that’s what I’m selling. I want men to want me. I want women to be jealous of me. I need to feel desired.’
Our other issue is that there wasn’t enough story here to truly grab us. It was basically sex and Blaire justifying her behaviour. We didn’t get enough emotion, angst and interaction with the respective men in her life. Though through the introduction of Ronan we did get to strip some layers off of Blaire’s hard facade. Ronan truly was a great character; he interjected the romance, fun and human element in Blaire’s story.
“I got too close, made you feel something real for once, and so the first chance you got, you ran.”
With Lawrence came the intrigue. That this man has his own story and it interweaves with Blaire’s. Actually, surprisingly in a very short time span and with a snapshot of his voice we fell for this man and think he has a real story to tell. Oh and the nookie…this man!! If there’s a team, for now, we’re team Lawrence.
So, in the end we felt that this book became a prelude of a story yet to come which was slightly confusing. A story of two men falling for and wanting Blaire. One man; gorgeous, sweet and undamaged. The other broken, lost and loaded. Both wanting to either break the gold digging pattern of behaviour or make her realise she’s more than what she falsely portrays and realising her self-worth. Despite our reservations this time round we have to say that Mia Asher is a brilliant writer and despite our struggles we enjoyed this story and yes, will be picking up the second instalment; after all there was a bit of a cliff-hanger moment.