Contemporary, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

/ARC Book Review / Firsts / C.L. Matthews/



Release Date-22nd May 2018
Genre-Taboo Romance
Kindle Edition-

She’s forbidden.
Too young, too pure, and not mine.
I’ll break all the rules to be with her. 
She belongs to me, even if she doesn’t know it yet.

He’s taboo.
Too old, too experienced, and my stepfather.
I’ll cross every line to be with him. 
He’s not mine, and never will be.

It’s not about the danger of what’s forbidden, 
it’s about the pleasure we get from it.

All consequences be damned.


Firsts by C.L. Matthews
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Release Date-22/5/18

This wasn’t badly written just not my bag.
On paper, this should have been a good fit for me; I’m a big fan of age gap romances being in one myself with a twenty year age gap; they are just so my guilty pleasure.
But “Firsts” for me was a strange one; I found it ever so difficult to connect to either Sy and Leia and I’m not sure why that was.
So I’m just going to give you a brief idea of where this went wrong for me.
I didn’t love the fact that Sy was initially lusting after a thirteen-year-old girl.
I know taboo and all that, but that’s the truth; it made me feel really uncomfortable and icky.
I know he never acted on his feelings until later and we only briefly meet thirteen-year-old Leia but I struggled with this all the same.
I would have much prefered the feelings Sy had towards Lei to develop at a later date or even for Sy not to meet Leia until she was sixteen.
Still young; but I could have dealt much easier.
I met the father of my children when I was twenty-one and he was twenty years my senior, so I’m the last one to judge; I just felt the timeline used here was a trifle young.
I also felt that if Sy cared as much as he claimed to about Leia he would have (A) not married her mother whatever the reason or (B) at least have the decency to treat Leia like an adult; if you want to bone her then she’s mature enough to know the reasoning behind the desition that was made.
Cant have it both ways boyo.
I also thought the mother was a waste of space; so much is said about how she really does care but you hardly see her for dust; Leia was practically raising herself; not acceptable in my eyes.
Leia’s mum so deserves the crappiest parent of the year award for sure.
I still could have somewhat dealt with things as they were progressing but then Bran was thrown into the mix and that I wasn’t cool with.
I detest love triangles with a bloody passion sorry, and this just happened to be the final nail in the coffin for me.
I really do wish I could have liked this so much more; “Firsts” was really just a very bad fit overall.
If you like your taboo romances this will probably be a much better fit for you.
I usually do love them, but this one just wasn’t for me sorry and I won’t be continuing any further
Heres hoping you find this a much better fit than I.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Firsts” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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