Misjudged by Sarah Elizabeth
It was one night.
One night of pure intimacy, with a guy she knew nothing about, that couldn’t have prepared her for the next chapter in her life.
But will it be for better, or for worse?
Eighteen year old Alexis Harper is a smart, attractive and ambitious young woman with great friends, a doting father and a scholarship at one of Washington State’s most prestigious Performing Arts Colleges.
When the mysterious stranger makes his arrival in her life, she’s captivated by him. She’s intrigued by his past and more so by what the future could possibly hold for them.
Meet Brandon Taylor.
A damaged and confused twenty year old who is grieving for the life he once had.
He didn’t think for one moment that he could ever find happiness, and he didn’t want to. He was happy living within the high walls he’d barricaded around himself. It felt safe.
When Alexis and Brandon’s worlds collide, nobody could have prepared them for the emotional rollercoaster they were about to board together.
With love, loss, deceit and betrayal abound, it’s pretty hard to trust even those closest to you, as both Brandon and Alexis are soon to find out.
I read this one quite a while ago, but in the interest of starting my blog I figured I’d post this review. Be aware that this one isn’t going to be singing the book’s praises.
I absolutely hated the beginning. I just thought it was ridiculous. In fact I very nearly stopped reading it after two chapters. I don’t consider talking about the first chapter a spoiler but if you do, stop reading.
So it starts off with Alexis, who is the typical innocent young woman every novel of this kind seems to feature. She goes to a college masquerade, meets this guy, they basically talk for a while, then he calls her beautiful a million times (despite her wearing a mask the whole time), he fingers her for her first time and gives her her first orgasm, and leaves. They never exchange names in this time.
It may be just me, but I find it highly unlikely that a girl who obviously thinks intimacy is special (considering her still being an absolute virgin) would just fool around with a guy whose name she doesn’t even know…
Anyway their interactions during the next couple of chapters irritated the heck out of me. They end up meeting properly (and finally find out each others names) because it turns out that they have mutual friends, and then obviously realise that they had already met unknowingly. After a few annoying, “I want you, but I can’t have you” and “It didn’t mean anything, I don’t like you” conversations resulting in Alexis feeling distraught, the story finally looks up. You begin to find out what makes Brandon (aka Mr. Operation Orgasm – yep that was in the book) tick. I have to say though I was pleasantly surprised, if I remember correctly, that the reasons he has for being such a screwed up individual didn’t completely suck.
I think I should mention as well that Brandon and Alexis are hot and cold throughout the book. So much so that I lost count of how many times they were off and then on again. Which is another thing that got on my nerves. Can’t we read a book featuring a damaged character without stupid break ups and make ups every two seconds?
While I have to admit that there were moments that I really enjoyed in this book and I was almost tempted to give it a 2.5/5 because of them (which may not seem high but for this book trust me it is), there were still more problems. For instance, (SPOILER ALERT!) at the end of the book she realises that she still didn’t know his surname or if he even had a family. This was after she had fallen in love with him. She hardly knew anything about him.
I think it’s time that the authors of these types of books step up their game.
Has anyone else read it? What do you guys think? Feel free to leave a comment.