Jul 24, 2014

ARC REVIEW: Unfiltered & Unlawful (Unfiltered, #1) by Payge Galvin, Ronnie Douglas

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Contemporary Romance/ New Adult

Summary on Goodreads:

After a night-shift shooting of a drug dealer in The Coffee Cave, twelve strangers each walk out with more than $100,000 in dirty money, a pact never to meet again, and the chance to start over…
Until that night, Sasha "Sugar" Kovac spent her days selling coffee to the co-eds at ASU Rio Verde and her nights trying not to run back to her ex… or join the throngs of girls lusting after her friend, Adam.

But why should Sugar give in to the Harley-riding tattoo artist when his longest relationships haven't lasted more than a weekend?

Sugar's life takes a turn for the dangerous when someone comes looking for the people connected to the Cave shooting and the cash they split. To protect herself and those she cares about, Sugar has to get out of town–and fast. When Adam insists on coming with her, Sugar finds herself holed up in a tiny house with a hot man, a stash of cash, and a lot of secrets.

Can Sugar protect both her life and her heart when temptation is so close? Or is the past she's fled going to catch up with her?

"A full-throttle read that's dangerously sexy and exciting. I can't wait to see what happens next!" —Jeaniene Frost, NYT bestselling author of the Night Huntress series

"A fun, rollicking start to an exciting new series concept. . . .And the hero, oh the hero, steals the show here. Adam is hot, hot, hot and readers will want him as badly as Sasha does." —RT Magazine



Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review

It seems that lately I have no luck with Arcs. This is another one whose blurb suggested that it could be my potential favorite read, but unfortunately that didn't happen. Just like with the arc before- The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros, I think that the authors have potential, the writing style was good, but I just couldn't connect to the story or its characters.

~ The biggest reasons behind my low rating:

1. The Plot

There were just too many loopholes that made me eye-roll. The biggest of them is definitely revolving around that night of murder and the way things developed after that. Seven strangers to react *that way* after everything what happened, especially after we read their backgrounds seemed highly unrealistic, immature and above all profoundly stupid

2. The main female character

Stupidity, naivety, weak & shallow personality...The girl has them all and it was just impossible for me to like her. She is a on-and-off drug addict with shady past and turbulent on-and-off relationship also with a drug-dealer/addict who is trying to get better at the beginning of the book, but keeps on failing. Sorry, but the author didn't give me good enough reason to feel any sympathy towards her.

3. The main male character

"Adam Bradbery was six feet of taut muscle and gorgeous ink.
With his smoothly-shaved head and five o'clock shadow, he was the kind of guy who looked like he'd have nothing but bad habits, but he was actually a bit of a food purist and health fiend."

But what they forgot to mention is that he is a big wuss! I will never understand what could possibly a guy like him see in a girl like her. The girl does everything in her power to make him not like her at least in a romantic way, but no, he keeps on pinning after her no matter what. He seemed more of a girl in their relationship with his behavior than the girl herself. Not to mention that that drug dealer with whom she is having on & off relationship is his very own cousin whom he is supposedly following around and taking care of, because he promised it to his mother.  Oh, phlease...Enough with the soap opera already! 

In my opinion, the authors took a big risk  by writing about this type of shady MCs  and while that wasn't a problem to me in lot of other books, some of which are on my favorite list, it just didn't work for me in this book.



  1. Oh blerg. That sucks. I picked up one of these the other day. Always a bummer when an ARC just doesn't work for ya. I've been hit with a few this summer too :/

    1. Yeah, and then I feel a little bit guilty because we get them for free, but still I can't change how I feel :/


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