Title: Simply Irresistible
Author: Christiane France
Publisher: Amber Allure
Characters: Cal, Rob
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
When Cal and Rob first met, they were star-struck, wet-behind-the-ears teenagers who thought all it took to make it in Hollywood was a great body and good looks. Cal eventually gave up the dream and became a reporter for an entertainment magazine, while Rob went on to become a major motion picture star.
Over the next few years, they broke up and got back together a dozen or more times. Then Rob hit a bad patch when Cal caught him with another man and kicked him out. Now, almost two years have passed without a word. Cal has no idea if Rob is even dead or alive, until Rob calls Cal’s boss out of the blue and offers to do an interview—on condition that Cal flies to England where Rob is living so they can talk face-to-face.
Because of their personal history, Cal knows he’s the best person to interview Rob, and so does his boss. But since Cal is still in love with the man, will the trip to London result in even more heartbreak?
The problem with this character-driven story is the lack of likeable main characters. Rob is a self-centered ex-addict with few redeeming qualities, and Cal–the POV protagonist–is basically a doormat. I didn’t like either of them, and therefore didn’t care one way or another about the so-called romance.
Rob was caught by his boyfriend Cal doing drugs and fucking another guy but he acts as the victim–and Cal lets him! They broke up. Good riddance, I say! Now Rob has manipulated Cal into coming to England for a make-belief interview to get him back, not caring for one moment about the impacts this could have on Cal’s career. Not cool. But Cal lets the man walk all over him for reasons I cannot fathom.
This is all disappointing because the author, Ms. France, can write rather well. If only the men were more sympathetic. The pace is swift enough to keep reading. The plot, however, is another failure, unrealistic and unbelievable. If Rob told me that story, I wouldn’t believe it for one second. Yes, I admit, that would be my misfortune since there seems to be a grain of truth to this implausibility. Yet, somehow I don’t care.
Many of you will undoubtedly like this. All I can say is try out for yourself. This was not, however, my cup of tea.
Reviewed By: Susan