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October 20, 2015

Review: High Maintenance by Lia Fairchild

by Donna Huber

cover High Maintenance

Lexy wasn't sure she could handle much more. She wanted it for sure, but it was going to take effort on her part. Why was it so much easier for men anyway?
"It's just so big...and so f****** hard," she breathed out as she took hold of the thick shaft. A fine sheen of sweat beaded along her smooth olive skin. It was the eighth day in a row of the record-breaking August heat wave that took hold of Houston and had many of its citizens behaving in ways they weren't accustomed it.

The Review

Let's start at the beginning... the opening of High Maintenance by Lia Fairchild was not a winner for me. I thought the double entendre that Fairchild was going for at the start was too forced and easily seen through. Unfortunately her next attempt a little bit into the story fell flat for me as well. However, the third time was a charm and I fell for it with the whole jaw drop and "no he didn't!" running through my head.

Though the story got off to a bumpy start for me I thought Fairchild did a great job of setting up the dynamics of the "love" triangle well and very early on. I really commend Fairchild on how quickly she developed the characters without having to come right out and tell us.

Everything about Julian screamed cold (even the comment about the air conditioner in his condo played well into his character development) and controlled. While a rich alpha male is usually hot, Julian could have been a slab of marble. While I could understand the initial attraction Lexi had to him, why she stayed so long with him is a bit of a mystery.

Were her family and her business the only reason she'd continued to stay with him?

Then there is the hot flower shop owner slash handy man, with his warm jokes and easy going mannerisms. Definitely the polar opposite of Julian in every way. The reader was immediately rooting for Tate.

Some of the easily come by dynamic was probably due to the predictability of the story line. There wasn't really much originality. If you are looking for a bit of mindless fluff while curled up next the fire, then High Maintenance would be a great choice.

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book info:
available formats: ebook
published: April 2015
genres: romance
target audience: adults
source: author
read: October 2015

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  1. Sounds like it might have possibilities for a quick read.

  2. I probably would not pick this one up for myself, Donna, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing the intro with us!

  3. Sounds fascinating...and probably not for me. But thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. I'm on the fence about this one. The opening you shared didn't grab me, but after reading your review, it sounds like this book does have possibilities.

    1. Yeah. I thought the opening was pretty weak, but it turned out to be a fun read.

  5. Probably not a good match for me, but thanks for sharing it.

  6. I enjoy reading romance, but this one doesn't grab me. Like you, I saw that the opening probably wasn't what we were supposed to believe it was, and I don't like that. But I'm glad the book turned out the be entertaining after all.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog today.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

  7. Probably not for me either ;-)

  8. Ditto Sandra, Beth, and JoAnn's comments, among others. Glad you enjoyed it though.

  9. I like to read a good romance novel once in a while. This one, however, isn't grabbing my attention. I will pass.

  10. Probably not something I would read. Thanks for sharing though.