Ambrosia: Book Boyfriend #2 by Erin Noelle

Book Review:

The second installment in the Book Boyfriend series: this really must be read after book 1 and before book 3.  This is my least favorite (by millimetres) of the three books, but the serious knocks that I had were all due to the author’s ability to completely and utterly annoy me with the heroine’s lack of sense.

Scarlett has returned, and even after having made her decision about ‘which boy’ she wants to be with: she can’t seem to keep her pants on, literally and figuratively.  Yes,  I get it, this is the time that you can best make stupid choices, but we expect you to learn something from each failure.  And Scarlett cannot or will not learn.

So we have Ash, still perhaps her soul mate, but devastated after her taking up with Mason as her boyfriend.  Now, Ash has softened somewhat in this story: showing that he was able to mostly contain his urges with Scarlett, he has pulled back from the no holds barred player edge that he was known for.  Mason, however, was her first second choice decision though, as she never truly trusted Ash.

So, we all know that the relationship between Mason and Scarlett is doomed: she can’t focus, and she won’t take clues from the colossal devastations in her past and do the right thing.  But, in this book Scarlett becomes a manipulative and diminished character to me: she is bartering sex in the hopes it will bring her what she wants.  But, to get what you want, you actually have to have a clue to just what that might be.  And a clue she does not have.

More an emotional roller coaster ride than the first book was for me, I thought that the first book had me frustrated with Scarlett, but Erin Noelle outdid herself in this one.  I was gritting and gnashing my teeth: no matter how hard I shook my kindle Scarlett did not smarten up.

I lost belief in some of the underlying emotional connection that was so solid for all of them in the first story: and she isn’t learning anything except sharpening her manipulation skills.  Even more frustrating is the steady reliance that Scarlett shows in her manipulation, her using sex/friendship to get her way.  These are all of the negative and grasping traits that are short-run effective but long term destructive.   It’s frustrating as a woman, and as a mother, to see a character that held promise disintegrate as Scarlett has, into this character that I not only don’t particularly agree with in terms of her choices, but that I do not like.

Writing here is more polished than the first, there is a solid grasp of the characters that was clearly evident in this story. Emotionally we are seeing the aftereffects of the bad decisions on all of the players in the story, and the emotional angst never seems to lessen no matter the situation.  Again there is a stopping point that leaves much unresolved, and to be picked up in the third installment.   I will repeat that it is important to read these stories in order: there are great gaps of understanding in the characters and their dynamic that would be lost without the information from the earlier story.

Ambrosia: Book Boyfriend #2 by Erin Noelle

Title: Ambrosia
Author: Erin Noelle
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Corvisiero Literary Agency
Pages: 235
Rated: four-stars
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After coming to terms with the tragedy that rocked her world, Scarlett MacGregor has returned to try to pick up the pieces of the broken relationships that she left behind.

Ash and Mason were left devastated and heartbroken following Scarlett’s sudden, unannounced departure. They are both ready and willing to forgive her and welcome her back into their lives with open arms. However, a lot can happen in 8 months…

Scarlett must learn to overcome the obstacles thrown in her path to prevent the past from repeating itself. Can she learn to fly with her own wings and discover the secret to eternal love?

A copy of this title was provided via Corvisiero Literary Agency for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Erin Noelle

Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. She has recently self-published her first novel, Metamorphosis, which hit both USA Today and Amazon best-selling lists, and is currently working on the sequel, Ambrosia, to be released later in 2013. Most nights you can find her cuddled up in bed with her husband, her Kindle in hand and a sporting event of some sorts on television.