Book review: Retrosexual by Ainsley Booth & Sadie Haller

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As Chief of Staff to Canada’s newest Prime Minister, Stew is always on call.  What started out as a whirlwind election season turned into a whirlwind first term, and now Stew is always at work.  Despite rarely seeing his wife, Stew is still madly in love with Adrienne and knows that he needs to do something to keep the romance alive.

So, this was a cute romance about a married couple trying to put the spark back in their relationship.  It’s a prequel to Prime Minister, which I also own and haven’t yet read.  I actually didn’t realize that it was a BDSM romance when I picked it up, and I’m always kind of iffy on those, but I’m willing to give it a try.  (Especially since I’m on a bit of an Ainsley Booth kick right now.)

Anyway, as I was saying, cute romance.  At just 90 pages, it’s a quick, easy-to-devour novella that’s perfect for unwinding after a long day.  I appreciated that it featured unconventional characters – after all, how many romance novels are about the parents of actual teenagers?

The thing about it, though, is that I wanted to like it a lot more than I did.  I wanted to think, hey, that’s great, look at this sexy book about two grown adults doing sexy things.  But that’s not what I was thinking as I read.  What I was thinking was more along the lines of, oh, that’s great, I’m already halfway done.  While the writing was good and, objectively, the sex scenes were pretty sexy, the book as a whole just didn’t do it for me.

I think the (only) problem I had with this book was that I just didn’t connect with these characters.  There’s nothing wrong with them.  Stew seems like a workaholic with a heart of gold and Adrienne is probably a saint, but I’m just an unmarried twenty-something with no kids.  Maybe if I were married with kids, the story would have resonated with me a little more.

Still, it’s a highly worthwhile read and I will happily continue on with the series.

Final rating: ★★★☆☆