Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Tour for Stepbrother FML! by Claire Adams (Review)

As a reader who's recently become obsessed with the sub-genre of stepbrother romances, I'm thrilled to give you a glimpse of Stepbrother FML! by Claire Adams.  Keep reading to get my impressions of this complete tale (originally in serial format) full of steaminess and conflict and then add it to your bookshelf!

Mia has always been "one of the guys," and with her friends in the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity it's no different. But when one of the senior members of the frat, Jaxon, starts to pay more attention to her, she isn't sure whether to go for the attractive and athletic guy or to just keep things the way they've always been. Her mind is made up when Jaxon makes a move--but then she's thrown into confusion as he goes out of his way to ignore and snub her after they sleep together. Mia decides to move on with her life--right up until her mother announces her marriage, and introduces her to her new stepbrother... wow.




Every few months there seems to be a taboo topic that romance authors become obsessed with and that overtakes the bookshelves.  Right now the topic is that of stepbrothers and they've become my obsession too for the intensely emotional conflict that befalls those involved and the scorching interludes resulting from all that desperation.

Into this crowded genre Ms. Adams has crafted a familiar tale that still satisfies as her sexual interludes leave you parched.  The main characters are appealing as well as their bond grows from friends to so much more.  Mia's the girl more comfortable hanging with the boys who's found a place for herself amongst the Phi Kappa Alpha frat boys.  They treat her like one of the guys and she blossoms in their companionship until Jaxon's attentions become more sensual. She's always found him attractive but never wanted to ruin her relationship with the other brothers, but giving in never felt so good...until the next morning. Finding out the sexy guy you just slept with is now your new stepbrother throws both of them for a loop and leads to lots of heartache.  For Mia, it leads to endless doubts and obsession over what was and what she knows can never be. It's a frustrating time full of disappointed and angry parents, as well as loneliness and feelings of lost dreams.  Will Mia and Jaxon's love ultimately triumph over familial judgments or will Mia find the strength to stand up for Jaxon and their future?  Mia's a likable heroine, sporty and unconcerned with girly things. She's athletic and it's this that binds her and Jaxon together early on as she becomes a formidable match for him.

Jaxon's well-liked by everyone and popular with the girls.  His attentions to Mia start out playful but soon become more intense.  Finding out they're now related threw him for a loop that left her alienated but it was a reflection of the fractured relationship he has with his father.  His father continually holds his difficult teen years against him and Jaxon fully expects his father to tear apart his feelings for Mia.  It's a desperate time of anger and sexual tension that was palpable as Mia and Jaxon tried to ignore their attraction.  Through it all Jaxon remained steadfast in his feelings as Mia desperately tries to go back into the friend zone which had me admiring him.  I ached for him as his father's vitriolic words tore at him repeatedly and desperately wanted him to find happiness. Even if that happiness couldn't be found at home there were his supportive and fun-loving brothers cheering him and Mia on.

This was a story full of scorching sexual interludes, almost too many that started to feel similar.  At times it felt like an obsession for them, and the main basis for their being together, but luckily the vividly depicted snowboarding events brought them together outside the bedroom more intimately.  The overall flow of the story was good but Mia's inner dialogues of wanting Jaxon but knowing they could never be became a bit repetitive.  The main characters were likable with a sizzling connection and I was rooting for them every step of the way.  As secondary characters I liked the other frat brothers but found Jaxon's father a cliched villain and a bit over the top in his words and attitude. While the ending was a bit too easily wrapped up with Mia's confrontation with their parents it all still made for a super sexy, deliciously naughty, and satisfying tale.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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