Genres: Romance, Erotica
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Fuck me recklessly
Kiss me harder.
Take me again and again…
He and I met under a cloud of clichés:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy fucks girl.
Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways.
But then we saw each other again…
And neither of us could walk away.
Our rules were simple.
Our passion was scandalous.
Our hearts were supposed to be safe…
But when you find something so all-consuming—something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.
This is us.
This is our messed up love.
This is turbulence.
Turbulence! How happy I am to have finally read you. You gave me everything that I wanted.
Turbulence is an erotic romance with heart. It’s a novel with a pulse and I more than loved living it. It’s a well-written, addictive, and sexy read that I will definitely be reading multiple times to come.
If you look at Whitney G’s bio on retail sites, you’ll see it states that her “stories feature strong heroines, alpha males, and lots of witty banter.” I can’t describe this novel any better, except to add that her stories are just fun as hell. I was simply happy while reading this. No, that’s a lie; I was cheesing so hard, positively giddy, if I’d read it in public then people would’ve thought me certifiable. I loved this story so much.
Turbulence opens with Gillian, a flight attendant and Jake, a pilot in the midst of an emotional storm. We’re thrown right into their drama and it’s delicious. This novel doesn’t feature a straightforward narrative; it jumps back to before Gillian and Jake meet, and sometimes alternates between the past and the present, with missing pieces in between that are revealed as we get to know the characters. I loved the plot structure. We all know the typical, linear set-up for romances: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and boy gets girl again. This began in the midst of the emotional arc, so I was quickly invested, and so curious to see what the hell happened between these two explosive characters. And they are explosive. Apart, they’re both interesting and likable, if not a little nuts. And together, they’re fire.
Turbulence has it’s own unique style; though, it is somewhat formulaic, or more accurately, it’s the Whitney G standard. Although, I’m not complaining because I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her, so I’ll follow that formula anytime. What formula am I referring to? Great chemistry, witty dialogue, (lots of) HAWT sex, an insanely sexy and frustrating hero, a heroine I can be besties with, a pretty engaging plot (if a little ridiculous, and unstructured at times – though I loved the layout). This book was hard to walk away from, and the only reason I did was because I had to work hard for my money.
Turbulence features a couple that may be (I’m still debating it) on Andrew and Aubrey’s level. Gillian is smart; she’s honest with her emotions (sometimes hilariously crazy); she’s open; she’s funny; she’s weak for Jake, but strong enough to stand up for herself. She’s a good heroine.
Jake is a good guy. He’s a quick-tongued, unforgiving, emotionally detached asshole, but he’s a good guy. He’s smart and a smart ass, which made him a fun, and SEXY hero to fall for. Have I told you that I love smart guys? Give me brains with some underlying emotional damage and I’m golden. Jake is golden. View Spoiler »He reminded me of Ash from One Tiny Lie. « Hide Spoiler
Whitney G. had a tough task delivering a story that I’ve been salivating for for close to a year now, a book that I expected to read when I was different reader. My tastes have definitely changed, my standards have risen, but as long as she keeps writing stories that make me feel how this one made me feel (elated!), then I’ll keep coming back for more. I love Turbulence. (I was going to say I love her, but I don’t know her, and I’m trying to subdue my stalker tendencies.) I recommend.
In the beginning, I was very confused as to what exactly was going on, which I suppose was the point? Jake was not a likeable character, at all. He was rude and disrespectful and mostly I just wanted to punch him in the face. Then I kind of wanted to punch Gillian in the face for continuously allowing herself to be treated that way. Not only allowing it, but almost encouraging it. You teach people how to treat you and she came off as a spineless doormat.
With all of that being said, there was a certain addictive quality about it. As much as I hated the constant rollercoaster that was their “relationship”, I was also intrigued. But only for as long as I was reading it. If I put it down, I had very little desire to pick it back up again. When I did, I would get sucked back in, so you can see how I’d be conflicted.
I felt like Jake didn’t do a whole lot to redeem himself. He started off an asshole and basically stayed an asshole, with very few brief moments when he’d show that he was at least part human. Gillian’s character was also pretty immature. She didn’t behave the way that I believe any sane woman her age would behave.
I also hated both of their families with a passion; they both did some really fucked up things. But at the end I felt like Whitney tried to redeem them and I was supposed to like them, or at least feel hopeful? No! They are some seriously sick individuals.
So all in all, now that I’ve spelled it out, I don’t think I liked a single character in this book. I think I liked the story? I did like where the story went toward the end, I thought it was fresh and different but it ended so abruptly that it was kind of startling.
The way Whitney G. writes and the characters she creates all feel very juvenile to me. They’re emotionally immature and their behavior is completely ridiculous. And something about that makes them a total guilty pleasure.