Book Review: Junk Mail by Kendall Ryan

Title:  Junk MailJunk Mail_Kendall Ryan

Author:  Kendall Ryan

Published:  April 23, 2019 by Kendall Ryan

Source:  Scribd

Type:  Audiobook

Blurb

It all started with a sexy selfie.

Texted to the wrong number.

Oops.

Not my finest moment — but I have nothing to be ashamed of.

She thought I was no better, and I quote, than the knuckle-dragging douche-bags she was never dating again.

It was a stupid dare from a girl I’d met online, but since she’d given me a fake number, I didn’t feel bad that my interests were suddenly focused elsewhere — on the fiery and sharp-tongued, Peyton that I found myself sparring with over text for the rest of the evening.

The following day, my case of mistaken identity came back to bite me in the banana.

When I strolled into the office, I was introduced to Peyton as the new client I needed to win over. The Peyton, in case you’re not tracking.

And let’s just say she had my full attention.

Brains? Check.

Beauty? Oh yeah.

And the best part? She hated me on sight.

Dear God, do I love a challenge.

Let the games begin.

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There are a few authors which are my “go-to” if I want to pass a good time or if I am looking for a book to make me feel good. Kendall Ryan is one of those authors. Her books always reach my heart and “Junk Mail” was supposed to be perfect for a one day read. I listened to the audiobook on Scribd and I took such a wise decision.

Ok, the action starts with our hero sending a picture of his intimate parts to the wrong number. He and the heroine clarify the incident, all is fine. They exchange pleasantries and end the night on a friendly tone, both thinking they will not meet in person. Until the next day, that is.

Josh Hanson is the co-owner of Wine o’Clock, a chain of luxurious wine boutiques with which Peyton hopes to close a deal for her subscription box. The contract will be beneficial for both brands, so a successful collaboration is more than needed. Imagine their surprise when they realize that the message exchange from one night ago was between the two of them and none can deny the attraction. But there seems to be no room for inappropriate behavior, with the professional aspects between them. It’s a romance gradually increasing, with both characters trying to deny their feelings.

But hey, on the plus side, she hasn’t seen the boys, just their leader.

On the good side, there are some very hot moments, Josh is a decent guy, focused on his career and growing his business and Peyton is fully invested in her subscription boxes. Her grandmother is a charm, as she sees right through Jason and pushes her niece to care for her heart as much as she cares for her work. Unfortunately, these positive aspects are not enough. The ones I did not enjoy are more, which is why my rating will not be that great.

Firstly, she seems to be too caught up in the guy’s junk pic. I had the feeling she was hooked only by seeing it and it threw me off a bit. Secondly, for all the talk about keeping it professionally, they sure didn’t. Every time they crossed the line they regretted it and took a step back. And that’s ok, just that it happened so many times. The action is a bit predictable and some plot elements felt forced. The characters were flat, without any development.

Picking up the audio version was what helped me finish it. Joe Arden and Savannah Peachwood were great and I would not have expected anything different. Their interpretation is the reason I am increasing my rating a little bit.

Cover Review: I understand that the story starts from the guy and his parts and I can accept as well that romance books have guys on the cover (mostly at least). But in this case, I cannot relate to it. I cannot see the connection between the cover and the story. Why not her? Why not both of them? Or a mobile phone, or a subscription box? The colors are nice though…

I am really sorry! I wish could have enjoyed it more. Kendall Ryan is an excellent writer and I know for sure this book does not define her. I am giving “Junk Mail” 2.5 stars. It was a bit boring, a bit forced and poor in character development. Oh, by the way, there is no hate to love here. The blurb is misleading.  

3 stars

 

 About The Author Kendall_Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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