Saturday, 25 January 2014
Savor by Monica Murphy
Bryn James is a girl who does her best not to be noticed. She's had some horrible experiences in the past, men seem to see her as just a sex object, even though she actually isn't experienced at all. She comes from a small town and has a really poor view of her self-worth. Bryn really likes Matt, and now Ivy and Marina (Archer and Gage's girlfriends) have been trying to talk her into giving herself a bit of a makeover to see if Matt will finally sit up and take notice.
I have never heard of Bryn being used as a name for a female, it's an old-fashioned man's name to me, but once I'd got over this mental image I found this an easy to read romance. The only thing is that quite a few things felt contrived to me. Firstly, Bryn is meant to be stunningly attractive, but Matt has never noticed this because she has a bun, no make up and baggy clothes. if she's that stunning, I find this surprising. Secondly, Bryn has had a history of being treated like a woman from the 1970s, literally being chased round her office by her first boss, more than one attempted sexual attack on her, crude sexual innuendo being directed her way at a party in the book and she is blameless in all of this. Are men really such sexual predators? I would hope this type of behaviour being usual would be a thing of the past. Also, although Bryn's reasoning for not wanting to get into a relationship with Matt were sound, his reason seemed pretty weak.
That being said, this was pretty entertaining to read, even if it did stretch credibility for me a few times. The ending is just lovely, it's sweet as well as being funny, but it would have been nice if there had been a bit more, it was a little bit sudden.
It was good to round off the stories off all three friends. My personal favourite was the first one, Archer and Ivy's story, Crave.