The Society #StalkerProblems by Ivy Smoak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 🤕🤬🤯😲
Favorite Quote: “He really is stalking me! I’ll be honest, for a few months there, I’d been a little worried I was the stalker.”
The heroine: Ash (a.k.a Raven Black) – a very kooky woman who just got divorced, got a new job and an invite to an exclusive sex club that will grant her wishes. Her ex-husband cheated on her with a model before blackmailing her and stealing all their money in the divorce.
The Hero(es): Tanner (a.k.a. Ryder Storm) – billionaire owner of a lucrative venture capital firm. He is involved in the Society and says he wants to find true love.
Dr. Anthony Lyons pediatrician at Ash’s doctor’s office. He sees Ash when her hypochondria is out of control.
The story: Ash has some hilarious inner commentary from the very start of this book. Much of it revolves around her “stalker” who in fact she is stalking. Every Tuesday and Thursday before spin class, she sits outside on a bench across from a posh apartment building called One57. She does this so that her so-called stalker can see her as he leaves his apartment.
She is afraid to actually date or even get too close to men due to what she refers to as “the incident” which happened the last time she was out on a date (with Matthew Caldwell). Needless to say, that “the incident” was so bad that she can’t ever face Matthew again and goes to great lengths to avoid him whenever she sees him.
At first I didn’t realize the crossovers from Matchmaker (Empire High, #4) to this book even with the Name Matthew Caldwell. But when Ash mentioned how she hid from him when she came across him after the incident, it clicked in my memory. Also, I noted in my review of that book, that I really wanted a book that focused on Tanner. Here is what else I said in that review:
“Matt has a friend named Tanner who is quite the character and adds quite a bit of comic relief to this book. He owns some type of sex club/matchmaking service or something like that and may or may not do odd things on Tuesdays and Thursdays which involve wearing a man bun and dressing up in crazy colored tuxedo’s.”
There were so many secrets and lies in this book it was hard to really understand what was going on at certain times, but it definitely held my interest and it was hilarious to boot. I really liked Ash which surprised me because she was so neurotic at times, but she works so hard to overcome her own neurosis that you just have to like her.
I was surprised a bit by the lack of steam in the book considering it centers around an exclusive sex club. That is not to say that Ash and Tanner didn’t have chemistry. They had a bunch of it, I guess I was just hoping that these two would get together and get busy a bit.
Though overall I really enjoyed this story and the characters like Homeless Rutherford, who hangs out in Ash’s hallway and licks everything she gets whether it is a pizza or a package from FedEx. Nigel, Tanners houseboy is in this book as well with his huge crush on Matthew Caldwell and his lederhosen. This was another book where every time I thought I figured out what was happening, something would occur and I would be at a loss again.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.