JODI ELLEN MALPAS, What have you done to me?! I am changed, like permanently changed by this book. To my husband’s irritation, I am always the person that tries to guess the end of a movie or what is happening with a specific character. Not. Anymore.
I am writing this review with a serious book hangover. I cannot get over how incredible and unpredictable this book was for me. Having ready as many romance novels as I have, and even novels by Jodi Ellen Malpas, this one was a marvelous surprise.
Tyler Christianson runs a successful advertising and marketing agency with his best friend Sal. Ty is living his best single, playboy life with no shame or regret. That is until Sal hires Lainey Summer to be his PA. From the moment these two meet, Ty is enchanted by her in a way that he has never been before.
Her perfect hand reaches forward, eyes still on mine, and picks something up from my desk. I don’t know what, because she’s controlling my stare like it’s hers. Her shoulder lifts from a deep breath, and her teeth sink into her lip again. My cock lunges, my hear bucks. Shes not real. Can’t be.
Ty wants Lainey more than he’s ever wanted a woman before, but there are some complicated challenges in the way of them both giving into the temptation of one another.
Ty and Lainey are very similar with how they approach relationships, having similar pasts, but as these two give into being intimate with one another, neither seem to be able to shake their deep-seeded trust issues.
This book has so many twists and unexpected turns that I could never have expected.
Tyler Christanson: Tyler, or Ty, loves a whole lot of Ty. Think of Don Draper mixed with a modern day Narcissus and you’ve pretty much nailed the hail on the head. He uses his looks and charm as a weapon in both business and his personal life, and is a self proclaimed playboy. His obsession with sex in the first few chapters can seem a little daunting, but his love for his parents helps to break up the monotony of him needing sex.
As the story develops, however, you learn more about his past, his love for his mother, and the respect he has for the relationships around him, including his parents’ and his partner Sal’s.
Lainey Summer: As the story unravels, you begin to see tons of layers to her strength and to her vulnerability. She uses her strength and beauty as a mask for the pain and suffering she’s experience in her past life, which you don’t really understand until later in the book. The early parts of my introduction to Lainey actually led me to dislike her. But as Malpas peeled back her many complicated layers to reveal a character that is COMPLETELY unexpected.
Let’s Talk About (the) Sex, Baby!
These two are sexually EXPLOSIVE. Ty and Lainey both have some serious trust issues and their approach is similar. They approach sex as a bit of fun – a harmless romp with oddly strict parameters. It’s uncomplicated sex with complicated rules. Some get second acts, while others, only the one.
Ty has met his f*cking match.. literally. These two have some serious sexual chemistry and I love being able to see it all unfold from Ty’s point of view
It’s fucking hard when the most stunning, mysterious, conflicting female I’ve ever encountered is heading my way.
Their will-they, won’t-they battle in the beginning of the book makes their first sexual encounter explosive. But as the book progresses, the sex changes completely, and believe it or not, gets f*cking hotter.
So I have read a TON of romance novels and the one thing I have noticed isthat most of them follow a specific timeline. There’s the introduction and development of the characters. Around the 45-55% mark, there’s the first sexy time (YAS), the conflict sneaks in around 65-75%, and then you get the resolution or HEA. This applies to both standalone novels and series, but with series, you typically don’t have the HEA.
I find that a lot of writers tend to struggle with creating a FULL story when they break from this formula. Mostly, it’s when they put the sexy stuff too early in the book before the characters are fully developed.
In Perfect Chaos, Jodi Ellen Malpas’ development of Tyler Christanson, his family, and his background, gives you more insight into the man in the first few chapters than in most books I have read. It takes a unique writer for me to not even notice and/or care about the break from this “formula”.
I want to THANK Malpas for challenging us readers by writing a story solely from the male perspective. Her ability to give us insight into the male mind, and still thoroughly developing the story line of the heroine makes this book one of my new favorites.
To put it simply, I AM SHOOK.