Until November (Until #1) by Aurora Rose ReynoldsUntil November by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Published December 2013
Series: Until #1
Genres: New Adult
three-half-stars
Format: eBook

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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November is looking forward to getting to know her father and the safety of a small town. After leaving the big apple and her bad memories for Tennessee, November starts working for her dad at his strip club doing the books. The one time she’s allowed there during club hours she runs into Asher Mayson.

He’s perfect until he opens his mouth and makes assumptions. November wants nothing to do with Asher but too bad for November fate has other plans. Asher Mayson has never had a problem getting a woman that is until November. Now all he can think about is making November his and keeping her safe.

November has finally made the decision to leave New York to go live with her father in Tennessee. She broke up with her fiancé a few months ago, her awful mother barely cares for her, and since she has been attacked in the streets, there is nothing keeping her in the Big Apple anymore. With her college degree in hand, her father happily lets her take care of his businesses books, which enables her to make friends and other acquaintances in the process.

Asher never believed in his family’s love at first sight curse – the “Mayson curse” – but he can’t help admitting that he knows November is the one for him. Set to make her his, he has to convince her that he’s worthy of her love, all the while helping her through some rough times and distant threats.

Until November was the perfect distraction. It was a sweet, cute and light novel. Written in first person POV (mostly from November’s POV, with some nice bits from Asher’s POV) Until November will be your standard romantic novel where boy meets broken girl and falls for her hard before having her meet his huge and colourful family, aka a bunch of lovely side characters. Exactly what I like to read when I just got out of a frustrating or difficult read. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved reading this and as I said, it was a perfect distraction that I’d more than willingly repeat by reading the sequels.

But the reason I only gave this 3 stars is due to several facts.

First of all, I don’t mind insta-love stories, but this one just seemed to unreal. Asher sees November and that’s it – boom – the self-proclaimed manwhore turns into a total monogamist alpha-male that wants to get married as soon as humanly possible and wishes for nothing more than to get his girl pregnant. You know, the whole I-put-this-in-there alpha-male behaviour. It’s cool and Asher is a sweet and loveable character (if you don’t mind his manwhorish past and his swearing twice per sentence), but the instant attraction just felt unlikely.

The relationship between November and Asher is sweet and some steamy scenes make it worth your while, but don’t go looking for much more. There is an intrigue in this book, something that will get in Asher and November’s way, but it was bot mind-blowing. It was okay, since it added a bit of something to the story, but it wasn’t a state of the art “i-never-would-have-expected-this” intrigue.

And last but not least, there are loads of editing errors such as missing words, missing punctuation or even grammatical errors, even though this was a final copy bought on Amazon:
“I look for Asher dad to Asher.”
“Sven say he will teach me how to ride dirt bike.”
“He was laying in the bathroom with a jar of icy/hot He decided to put that shit on his…”

But in the end, if you don’t mind the few cons, and are looking for a light romantic read, with the right amount of love, steam and alpha-male, this will be it for you. I am definitely going to check out the sequels and highly encourage the author!