Use Me by M.J. Fields
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“I did a bad, bad thing.”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😠😘🤓😉
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The heroine: Tatum – she is a successful writer of non-fiction. Her first book about the foster care system and two other books after that had all spent time on the New York Times bestseller list. However, her editor and best friend Melanie told her that her type of book is not what is selling and requests that she write a romance novel next. So she agrees, but hasn’t had a romantic relationship in years.
The Hero: Angelo (a.k.a. Kid) – he was in prison for seven years after causing the death of a man he got in a fight with. Since getting out of prison a year ago, he is still on parole and his friend and mentor died, leaving his Gym business to Angelo and another guy named Jaeger. Angelo lives above the gym and he has been suffering from PTSD from events in his past and has not been sleeping due to terrible nightmares.
The Story: Tatum sees Angelo in a coffee shop and is immediately attracted to the handsome 6’6” muscular bad boy despite the taciturn and unfriendly vibes he sends out. She follows him to his Gym and tells him that she is a writer and needs a muse. At first he thinks she is crazy, but he is more attracted to her than he has been to any woman in a long time, so she eventually draws him in.
This book is told in dual points of view via dual narration by Alexandra Shawnee and Aiden Snow. Aiden does a terrific job as always, and has a great voice which I really enjoy. Alexandra is a good reader and shows a lot of emotion through her voice, but I am just not a fan of her voice, she sounds like a 50 year old mother, not a young successful and beautiful writer.
I liked the story, though the premise doesn’t make sense to me. Why would an editor for a successful non-fiction writer suddenly ask the author to change to romance novels? Anyway, Tatum was pretty quirky and a bit dumb at times, like walking alone on the streets of Detroit after 11pm and going to a bar alone.
The romance was super steamy and I liked Angelo a lot and I liked the way that meeting Tatum had him finally facing his past in a real way while she did the same. However, some of Tatum’s “written” intimate scenes from her romance book were just badly written smut.
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