Vegas Bound (Wander and Lust #1) by Summer Brooks
Released: September 25, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Summer Brooks
Reviewed by Keyrsten
He was reckless, hot-headed, and bad.
A tattooed god was once my best friend. My first love. My reason for existence.
But his vanishing act created a hole inside my heart.
Today, he’s the famous son of one of the wealthiest men on the continent.
I never thought I’d see him again… and much less in Las Vegas.
Dominic Cruz, whom I’ve spent the last fifteen years fantasizing about, now stands before me.
And I barely recognize him.
He says he won’t let me go. That he can’t let me go. Not this time.
Even if it means letting me drown with him into the depths of his secret.
Vegas Bound didn't tickle my fancy. There were sweet moments between Dom and Bella that would make my heart sigh from happiness, but not enough of them for my liking. The storyline had a lot of promise. Girl is in love with her best friend. Best friend up and cuts girl out of his life with no explanation. Girl comes face to face with best friend years later and confronts him. Those three things pulled me in like a mouse to cheese, but the cheese left me unsatisfied.
The pacing of the story was way too fast for my liking. It often left me confused how quickly the story would jump from one place in time to another in the next paragraph. I had to do a few double takes just to make sure I wasn't missing anything. There were plenty of pivotal moments that would fade to black and then when we picked back up the quick demeanor change was jarring. One minute Dom and Bella blissfully laying next to each other after some delicious sexy times and then the next minute they are fighting because of something he confesses to her between scenes (something that isn't fully revealed until a few chapters later).
Characters would often have important moments off screen and as the reader I felt like missing those moments didn't allow me to really get attached to the characters. I wanted to experience the story with them, not be told what happened after the fact. The fast pace and missing details ended up making the characters feel a little one dimensional and unrealistic. I needed to feel Bella's heartbreak as she tore into Dom for disappearing. I needed to feel Dom's guilt eating him alive as he confessed his secrets to her. I needed more details. There were so many times I missed out on moments that would not only bring me closer to the characters but give them another dimension to really bring them to life.
The fast pace of the story led to less detail and moments that I desperately needed more of to be able to cling to our lovers. Though I wasn't a fan of the pacing, it doesn't mean that someone else won't love it. At the end of the day this story wasn't for me, but it could still be something to you.
Rating: 2 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.