3 October 2013

A Night to Forget by Jessica Wood

A Night to Forget by Jessica Wood
Series: Emma's Story #1
Publisher: ERH Press
Publication Date: June 20th 2013
Source: Netgalley

What happens in Cancun doesn’t always stay in Cancun.

When Emma Anderson and her friends decided to spend their senior year Spring Break in Cancun, she expected some crazy memories to end their final college days. What Emma didn’t expect was to meet Brandon Fisher. Tall and sexy, with dimples that would make any girl swoon, Brandon Fisher was literally the man of Emma’s dreams. She couldn't quite believe that this stranger, who seduced her every night in her dreams, actually existed.

After serendipitously bumping into each other, Emma could not resist Brandon’s pull and spent an unforgettable night with him. Passing it off as a spring break fling, Emma never expected to see Brandon again. But when she started her first day at her new job a few months later, there he was. The only problem was, Brandon didn’t even remember her.

A Night to Forget was one of those books that I just decided to read on a whim because it sounded like a book that I would enjoy, plus it was really short. But the only good thing I can actually say about this book is that it was amusing. The book was just over 100 pages long so I never really felt connected to any of the characters (mainly because a few were assholes). Also, there was a lot of jumping in this book. Sometime we'd skip a couple of days, and then a few weeks or maybe even half a year! All the jumping made me realise that if this book had been longer and I'd had more time to connect with the characters, I might have enjoyed it. Or maybe I would have DNF'd it. Who knows?

I spent the majority of this book laughing my ass off. I think this was actually meant to be taken seriously, but the fact she'd been dreaming about having sex with a guy who wasn't her boyfriend, and then to have him turn up in Cancun was hilarious. And it just got funnier from there. After the first night they meet Emma thinks she's falling in love with him... cue eye-roll. I honestly just couldn't take their relationship seriously because the way they spoke to each other was just ridiculously funny.

The synopsis is slightly misleading about the way that Emma thinks about their night together. She doesn't just brush it off, she spends 6 freaking months pining over this guy that she met for one night! She cried herself to sleep for a month! It was unbelievable. I just couldn't take Emma seriously. She seemed so damn naive. She spent a year leading her boyfriend on when she wasn't going to sleep with him, but then jumps into bed with mystery sex dream guy hours after she'd met him. So yeah, I wasn't a massive fan of Emma.

I also wasn't a fan of either of the guys in Emma's life. Mike seemed like a really nice guy to start with. He was patient, loving and sweet. But then he very suddenly turned into a colossal asshole. To be fair, Emma was leading him on but that did not give him the right to act the way he did or to do what he did later on in the book. I wanted to punch him in the face.
Brandon was no angel either. He seemed like such a nice guy, but I did kind of have an inkling about his 'personal problems' that all came to light at the end of the book. And after what had happened just before it was revealed, I wanted to punch him in the face too.
So yeah, neither of these guys did anything for me except make me angry.

The storyline was just ridiculous and I was laughing my ass off at the writing and some of the lines throughout the book were hilarious. Especially the one where Emma tells Brandon to take his panties off... I literally sat there for like 5 minutes laughing. The only redeeming thing about this book was that it was amusing, and that was it. I hated the characters, the story line and everything else about this book.

Overall, while the characters and the story line did absolutely nothing for me, the writing did make me laugh. This is one book I would never ever read again, and I definitely won't be continuing with this series.

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