Sabrien Collins is independent, self-possessed, and happy living in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Falling in love is the last thing she’s looking for. It’s easy for Sabrien to get what she wants on the dating site bd-fet.com, but when she meets the mysterious young reporter Jon Sudbury, otherwise known as Mr. Switch, things take a dramatic turn — offline and off the grid. “Being with Jon is like getting into a vehicle without any doors. You think it’s more fun that way because you’ll feel the wind in your hair better otherwise. And, for the most part, that makes sense in our reality.” Jon Sudbury is a typical WASP– a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant-reared suburban boy who probably never tasted rice and beans on the same plate. Simple to understand, easy to subdue. Or so Sabrien thinks. In this modern tale of lust, control, and desire, pain becomes the ultimate narcotic. Pleasure becomes the only bargaining chip. Sabrien can handle passion, even betrayal, but love is another world altogether. And this is NOT a love story. For mature audiences only.
Before I began my review I want to shout out S.C. Rhyne who’s patience knows no bounds! I was asked to review this book in December and I’m just now getting a chance to provide a review. Thank You for your patience!
Ok, so let’s get to The Reporter and the Girl MINUS the Superman! I really liked this fresh story about the online dating world and what happens when we don’t say the things in our heart to those we love. The story is mostly told through Sabrien’s POV. She’s funny, she doesn’t have emotional baggage so her story is refreshing because it’s not filled with pain from the past. She tells her story as if someone is interviewing her, and she’s very metaphoric. Take her line from the synopsis, “Being with Jon is like getting into a vehicle without any doors. You think it’s more fun that way because you’ll feel the wind in your hair better otherwise. And, for the most part, that makes sense in our reality”. I liked
how each chapter signified a different level in her and Jon’s relationship. My fav being I Have STD, and before you cringe, it doesn’t mean what you think!
I will say that even though these two have fun which includes some Rated R and Rated NC-17 scenes, and Jon opens Sabrien’s eyes to new and different experiences, I never thought they were compatible for each other. Jon is described via Sabrien as “Jon Sudbury is a typical WASP– a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant-reared suburban boy”, but at times his behavior suggested otherwise. Their first encounter left me thinking she wasn’t going to talk to him again, I know I wouldn’t since he was a total douche bag, but she does which really surprised me! You do get to hear Jon’s POV in a few chapters which is good because the best stories are told when both characters get to tell their side of the story. Sabrien’s inability to just say what’s in her heart and Jon’s unpredictable behavior seems like a recipe for a disaster, but that’s the funny thing about this book. It exposes that there is no such thing as a perfect love and the old saying is true, opposites do attract. There was a realness to Jon and Sabrien’s story. We all want HEA, but not everyone can handle the bumps in the road it takes to get there. Heed the warning from the synopsis, this is not your usual passionate, tear jerking, lovie dovie romance, and while I wasn’t hooked on the story, I still really enjoyed it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
S.C. Rhyne is a world traveler, blogger, and novelist based in New York City. When she isn’t writing or exploring, she enjoys swimming, reading historical fiction, and discovering new music. Her first novel, The Reporter and The Girl blurs the lines of reality and imagination, and conjures the emotions that bind us together.
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