Consent to Love by Abby Wood

Title: Consent to Love

Author: Abby Wood

Genre: Adult, romance, drama, erotica

Average Goodreads rating: 3.08/5

My rating: 2/5

(Arc, Published April 2nd 2012 by Carina Press)

*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley.*

Blurb: Twenty-four-year-old small-town girl Ana Reynold serves beer at the local bar, tries to keep her beater car running, and dreams of a better life as a painter. If she can learn to make a decent steak, she might get promoted to cook—and earn enough for her real heart’s desire. Right now, that doesn’t include romance.  But when she meets a tall, dark and sexy Native American man named Kane, Ana can’t take her eyes off him—or stop thinking about him. But she’d better. Everyone knows the proud Lakota who raises horses wants nothing to do with a townie barmaid who’ll bring shame to his people.  Except Kane can’t get Ana off his mind. He proposes a red-hot weekend in bed, a no-strings affair to end Monday morning. Yet once Kane brings the outsider onto Lakota land, everything changes.

Consent to Love by Abby Wood is just one of those books that seemed to never get going.  It just went through the motions, moving from one scene to another without lingering to flesh anything out.

Unfortunately the characters are no better; there is no depth to them.  No real personality or story behind them.  They just are.  Ana spends most her time acting like a teenager or a porn star.  Kane seems sulky and at times pervy.

There is a lot of sex in this book but it was too overdone.  I never got the sense that these two people cared about one another, but instead just liked having sex in as many dirty ways as they could imagine.  What I really disliked about the sex was the ‘dirty talk’.  Ana, who came across as shy suddenly develops a potty mouth whenever Kane is within 5 feet of her and starts shouting ‘f*ck me’ and saying the word ‘pussy’ as though it is part of her regular vocabulary.

There was a lot that could have been done here.  It could have gone into more depth about race in relationships, culture and discrimination.  It touches on these subjects extremely lightly and doesn’t really linger there at all.  Instead it focuses on sex scenes.

There are moments where this could have been something but it never turns into anything.  It is a quick read if you like erotica but to be honest there is better stuff out there.

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