Can't Shake You (River Bend, #1) - Molly McLain         2 out of 5 stars


I just couldn’t get into this book. I am apparently in the minority here, seen as how this book has over a 4 star rating average rating, but I just wasn’t anywhere near there. The characters didn’t really do much for me, there wasn’t anything that I really loved about them. They were, ok. Carissa was described in the blurb as a “spunky heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind”. Seriously? Ok, maybe, at least until Josh verbally assaulted her and she decided that was a good time to bring him treats and offer herself to him. Respect=right out the window.


Ok I’m going to attempt to sum this up quickly. Carissa met Josh 3 years previous to when this story takes place, they met, they laughed and they got it on. Then he left the country for awhile. In the year or so he was gone Carissa started “dating” his best friend Reed. Reed and Carissa broke up, amicably, Josh came home, and awkwardness ensued. Josh and Carissa still want each other, but deny it and try to fight it for some time, pretending to just be “friends”. So basically Josh should have been like….

but instead he was all like…


Then when they finally hookup, they decide they should hide it from everyone because she previously dated his best friend. So basically it’s because….

 more commonly known as…..


But technically they were together before she even dated said best friend, so basically you’re left wondering, if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Confused? Yeah me too. I spent a decent amount of time being really confused about this whole story. Sorry but this was sheer ridiculousness to me. These were people in their late twenties, why are they acting like silly high school children??

Oh and also lets not forget about the weird side plot line of some unknown person who had a vendetta against Josh and screwed with him throughout the book. That whole story line made no sense to me whatsoever. It didn’t feel like it had a place anywhere in this story. The only thing that I can put together is it was a way to make Carissa a damsel in distress at some point. Yeah because what romance is complete without that over played scenario?! Especially of the unrelated to anything else in this story variety. Thanks for that. Basically I’m left feeling like this about it all….


(for you unfortunate souls that do not know about the awesomeness that is Dave Chapelle’s Charlie Murphy’s Real Hollywood Stories skits….this is where Rick James asks Charley Murphy “What do the five fingers say to the face?” *Spoiler Alert* It’s SLAP! LMAO!!!!)



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