Hold Me in Contempt: A Romance by Wendy Williams
If you haven’t seen Wendy Williams’ television show, or heard her on the radio – this will be a good introduction to the lady. Be sure that you check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where the publisher is offering FIVE winners a paperback copy of the title.
From reading the blurb for this title, I was expecting a steamy romance: what I got was an edgier story: more urban and street than romance and sexy. You have to be aware of that before picking up this title, the story does not unfold simply or gently, and the characters are often more dressing for action and ‘name dropping’ of cultural references than developed with a clear sense of purpose.
Told in the first person point of view, Kimberly alternates between sober and out of control, sweet and hateful, and often utterly incapable or unwilling to take account for her part in anything. Giving me a reason to continue on with the story was the fact that I could dislike, roll my eyes and even want to shake her throughout the book: when the walls start to crack and the reasons behind her many issues start to come forward, her behavior becomes more understood, although still not acceptable.
“King”, is her dalliance: not quite love interest as she isn’t capable of love, but sexy enough to bring a yum to your brain as he swaggers in and provides her some escape and security. There is more to his reluctance to engage himself wholly with her: his own issues and the added element of some burned bridges that Kimberly didn’t realize she had torched kept the potential for a ‘quiet romantic plot’ completely out of reach. They had some sizzling moments – but her calculation and lack of self-awareness didn’t add to their chemistry.
Overall, the story was ambitious, although never quite hitting the mark of a romance as most readers would expect. There isn’t a true sense of love, although by the end of the story you have characters to wish well, if not necessarily seeing them on a path to a happily ever after. My final impression is that the author took on a few too many references and twists to the plot that were not integrated smoothly, which made for a read that disconnected me from the characters as well as the action. While I didn’t find issues with the frequent (perhaps all too frequent) ‘name dropping’ of the cultural references, they could be confusing or off-putting to readers not expecting the more urban flavor to the story.
Title: Hold Me In Contempt
Author: Wendy Williams
Published by: Harper Collins
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 5 minutes
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About the Book:
Move over 50 Shades, there’s a new romance in town. Superstar Wendy Williams brings on the heat in her first ever, no-holds-barred, down and dirty, romance novel.
Kimberly Kind is trying to get beyond her roots. A successful, beautiful, smart lawyer, she’s finally finding direction in her life and getting out of the streets. But a terrible accident threatens to throw her carefully laid plans off course. Now Kim’s hiding a huge secret… one that could threaten everything.
Enter King. A perfect mix of Justin Timberlake and David Beckham, the man oozes sex and has more swagger than anyone Kim’s ever met. Their chemistry is off the charts. But after passion-filled nights, the intensity of their emotions takes both of them by surprise.
Love was not supposed to be an option. Now it’s the only thing holding them together. When their pasts come back with a vengeance, can love possibly be enough?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.