Type: Contemporary Romance/Family Life
Publisher: Forever Yours
My Copy: NetGalley
He’s charming, wicked, and handsome . . . and she needs to stay away
For Evelyn Owen, work comes first. Being a wedding planner to the city’s elite fills her nights and weekends, and she doesn’t have time for distractions. Especially in the form of a sexy bartender with killer dimples . . .
Abel Matthews knows how to serve the ladies. But lately, the only woman he wants is just out of reach. That’s because Evelyn has already been warned about his playboy ways. Still, there’s something about her that makes Abel want more than a quick fling.
Evelyn knows that she shouldn’t trust Abel. Yet she’s seen a side of him no one else knows, and she can’t turn away. But Abel is hiding something from her . . . and if he doesn’t confess soon, it will tear them apart.
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I happened to stumble across this book while browsing on Net Galley awhile back. I loved the cover, loved the blurb and loved that this was a new to me author. I took a chance and it paid off. This book was outstanding! Now, I did not read the first book, SO TWISTED, but I could follow along ok. However, I would suggest reading it before reading SO SCREWED.
Abel, an aspiring teacher working as a bartender at WET, a secret speakeasy, and Evelyn, a wedding event planner should NOT be together. Abel is Evelyn’s best friend’s boyfriend’s brother (say that three times fast) and he wants her, BAD. Evelyn knows the right thing to do would be to stay as far away from him as possible but we’re all entitled to a little fun, right?
Abel is one of those “one look and he’ll have your panties on the floor” kind of guy. Evelyn, who was independent and a hard worker was also a “boxer-dropping” kind of gal. I love that she did just what he did and had no qualms about it!! Usually, the guy who is the “manwhore” so to speak, is interested in a simple, virginal girl. I LOVED that this wasn’t the case! Girl could give it out just as good as he could!
Evelyn called Abel out on everything which was fantastic. At times, I don’t think he knew what to do with her. Their banter was easy, their sex was incredible and they just balanced each other out so well. They both had their insecurities but sometimes I think Abel was so much more insecure, it broke my heart.
“I want to do everything better for you”
This story did not go in the direction I thought it would take. I figured something would go down, but nothing prepared me for what I read. Secrets in a relationship never end well and boy did Abel have plenty of them. I got to a certain point in the book where all I did was try to hold back the tears, which came anyway. I was completely heartbroken. A strong, cocky and confident man on the outside who was completely broken on the inside, it just did me in. I just wanted to fix him. Make him see what a good man he was. I think this story resonated with me so much because Abel and Evelyn have such a similar relationship to what my husband and I had in the beginning, it was like reading my life story from 20 years ago. Hell, all these years later and I think that I have finally shown that broken man that he’s not as ruined as he thinks he is.
The only fault I find in this book is when I hit that last page, I was looking for more. I was hoping for just a sneak peek if you will into their lives a few months down the road. All in all, this book was a great read and I will be going back in for a re-read along with purchasing the first book in the series.
I give So Screwed by Melissa Marino 4.5 stars!