Series: Manwhore #3
Irreverent, cocky, playful and naughty.
He’s not the guy you date.
He’s the one night stand.
The one your mother warned you about.
The one your body craves.
You’d think the man who called me succulent would want to strip me down and spread me out on his bed—like he’s done with countless others.
But he passed on my offer….
Just like I’d once passed on his.
He’s wary, like I am.
He’s broken, like I am.
And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.
Tahoe and I are strictly friends.
So I distract myself with other men.
He doesn’t think my new man is good enough. This blond blue-eyed beast doesn’t think any man is—himself included.
But the more time we spend together, the more confused I feel.
I'm trying to open myself to love.
Yet I'm quickly realizing that the only man I want is Tahoe Roth.
The one man who will surely break my heart.
Katy Evans is a sort of new to me author. I know how immensely popular she is for her Real series, but I’m only familiar with the Manwhore series, which I absolutely love. You could say that I’ve been anticipating Tahoe’s book for a while now. A long while, as in, since we first met him in Manwhore, LAST YEAR. A whole year I’ve been waiting. And, I think it was worth the wait? My reaction is equal parts delighted and frustrated, which is probably going to be a hot mess of a review.
First, let’s talk about what I did enjoy about Ladies Man.
Writing – It was excellent. Once I felt that Katy hit her stride (more on this later), I was completely charmed by the writing alone. I couldn’t stop reading.
TAHOE – Sigh. Sigh so hard. I absolutely loved him. His fun-loving larger than life attitude was addicting and his innate alpha tendencies were balanced brilliantly by his tender and reverent approach to all things Gina. I couldn’t get enough of the way he stripped her down and exposed her to him. He is her champion in self-acceptance, friendship and love, even if it means isolating his own desirous heart from hers.
Gina – If you’re like me and you didn’t really take to her in Manwhore, Ladies Man will change your mind. Katy did an excellent job portraying her insecurities and vulnerability. She comes across as a relatable and authentic heroine.
Chemistry – Holy shit, could this have burned any more slowly? You thought you were in pain with Saint and Rachel?? Yeah right. This shit was absolute torture. You know, you just absolutely know that when these two are together, they want each other. And when it finally, finally happens, hoo boy. Their complete adoration and sexual possessiveness for one another comes through in every scene that follows.
Sex – A+
And what didn’t work for me, whomp whomp whomp.
Repetition – Tahoe’s eyes. Fuck, okay they’re blue. And they like to stare at each other. A lot. Got it. Moving on.
Storyline/Timeframe – What happens? Not much. Aside from Gina packing to move, someone having a baby and Tahoe’s two or three lacrosse games? Considering the timeframe of the book? Nothing. Happens. Speaking of timeframe, this book takes place over the span of a year. A year? Okay so I secretly love that it takes that long for them to finally, FINALLY be together. I loved being witness to their friendship full of playful ribbing and flirty nudges and was infatuated by the way they fall in love with one another but it just annoyed me, okay? Yes I’m a hypocrite and I loved the slow burn but, fuck. Too long.
Pacing – The first 20ish% or so, concerning character introduction and framework of the story, was precariously laid out and made me feel a little apprehensive about the story. I got over it, I think?
Sex – Yep, hi, its me the hypocrite again. But, BUT, I really wanted to see more Tahoe raw and unfiltered. More. I just wanted more. Especially after being tortured for so long.
Did I love it? Yes. Did it frustrate the hell out of me? Hell yes. I think that Katy Evans fans will be pleased. I also feel that fans of the friends to lovers trope will absolutely delight in this story. Recommended to romance readers who love a good angsty slow burn, tortured lovable heroes and engaging writing.
Full disclosure: I have not read a Katy Evans book that I’ve liked. I so badly want to love them because she could not be a nicer person. I’ve met her a couple of times and she’s always so pleasant and open and sweet. So when I saw the cover for Ladies Man, read the synopsis, and saw many people saying that it was their favorite of hers, I decided that this would be it. I would read this book and I would decide for sure whether I was or I wasn’t a Katy Evans reader.
I really love the player-gets-tamed trope. There’s something about women that sort of make us crave that, right? It’s why we’re drawn to the bad guys. You want to be the one worthy of settling down for. It’s one of the things that drew me to this book.
The execution just wasn’t quite enough to keep me engaged. I found myself skimming a lot. I also found their dialogue to be trite and very cheesy at times. The things that came out of Tahoe’s mouth were not things that a guy would say, especially a guy who’s known as a playboy.
Regina’s character also did and said things that I found confusing. Even being in her head, there were times where her actions just didn’t make sense to me. I never really connected with her on an emotional level at all.
I was glad to see that this book was much more about the relationship building and much less about relying on sex to drive the story. That was my biggest hang up in the past, that I wanted more substance. I need a good story, not just gratuitous sex and I felt like Evans really tried to accomplish that. It just didn’t quite get there.
So, was Tahoe enough to sway me? Unfortunately, no. I didn’t dislike the book, in fact during certain parts I would say I even enjoyed it. However, I think that I’m just not her audience. Either you connect with books or you don’t, and based on all of the other reactions to her books that I see, it’s undeniable that I don’t. Something about her voice and her style aren’t for me, and that’s okay. Because obviously she’s not hurting for fans. Her following is tremendous and I am certain she’s not missing my presence.
If you have enjoyed a Katy Evans book, I’m certain that you will enjoy this one as well.