I like most books by LL but this one was awful. As other reviewers mentioned, the female was unbearable. I literally could not finish the book because she was so pathetic and immature. The male was also not very likable. I'm all for the alpha dude but this guy was a jerk. Plus... accept a little responsibility, would you? He justifies having sex with his wife by blaming her for taking advantage of him when he's drunk - often. Not exactly my idea of an alpha.
And here's a little irony. The great thing about LL is, normally, she is able to write a great story with well developed characters you can like and respect. Plus, her scene's are smokin' and push the envelope. Sadly, I've discovered that when you can't stand the female character, and don't really like the male lead either it doesn't matter what happens in the sexy scenes...it's not hot. Scene's that would have had me calling my husband in a different book left me way cold - in fact, I ended up skipping over them because I was so disgusted with the characters.
A few other things I found annoying but wouldn't have ruined it for me if I had liked the story and characters at all:
Slade constantly calling Jess "baby girl." Gross. Maybe because she does seem way too young emotionally and in every other way. She's supposed o be 26 but that's hard to remember when she is so incredibly immature and has lived such a stunted life.
Jess calling Slade "stud" constantly.
Both of them "snarling" and "sneering" all the time. I have noticed this in other LL books as well. Can these people not express emotion without it being so exaggerated? They rage, are furious, growl...
The lack of a decent story is common enough in erotica and could be more easily tolerated if the characters were likeable, but they're not. Jess said it best herself, she's "such a fool. A willing, pathetic victim." "Too stupid to live." Who wants to read about someone like that?