REVIEW : Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe
July 25, 2016
Title : Ball Peen Hammer
Author : Lauren Rowe
Series : n/a
Release date : July 25th 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb : From the USA Today and Internationally bestselling author of The Club Series, Lauren Rowe, comes a sexy standalone romantic comedy: Ball Peen Hammer.Keane Morgan wouldn’t return any of my calls or texts, and I was pissed as hell about it. I didn’t want to drive from Seattle to L.A. with the guy any more than he wanted to drive with me, but I had no frickin’ choice in the matter–at least, not if I wanted to use his brother Dax’s coveted parking spot at UCLA. Okay, so it turned out Keane was objectively gorgeous, and, fine, pretty funny, too. But did he have to be so damned in love with himself? I mean, jeez, the cocky way he flashed those dimples was just so orchestrated. And, honestly, what kind of guy uses the phrase “baby doll” with a straight face? Oh, that’s right: the kind of guy who’s a male stripper. Yup, the cocky jerk turned out to be Seattle’s answer to Magic Mike, a stripper known as “Ball Peen Hammer”–which meant Keane Morgan was emphatically not the kind of guy I’d ever fall for. Not. At. All.No freakin’ way.Well, until Keane convinced me to fall for him, that is. Which I did.Hard.
Review : “But did he have to be so damned in love with himself?” yeah that pretty much sums up my feelings for that guy. Keane is really one of the most self-centered guys I encountered lately. It almost made me give up reading “Ball Peen Hammer” by Lauren Row.
But then I stumbled across the line that this book is meant as a romantic comedy and I thought “Maybe, just maybe I AM taking this to serious?” – so could it be that I just need to see it from a different angle ? and with this idea in mind it worked out better.
I still think I will never get this strange naming of the characters nor am I sure I really want to (even if they explain it) – sorry but “Hannah Banana Montana Milliken”? that’s just a tat to much for my liking even in a comedy.
Anyway – once I got over my hang up in looking at it different I could relate better to the story and I really felt sorry at times for Maddy. Keane is the perfect guy for a whiplash – it’s a wonder she did not kick him to the curb at certain times during that plot.
So I guess the author wrote a really beautiful annoying character (#me-laughing) But still – I can not bring myself to give this book more than 3 stars because even if it was a comedy Keane felt more like a teenager than an adult.
It was my first book by this author so I can not yet judge if this author is not working out for me or if it is just this book. Therefore I will surely try with another book again if a blurb sounds interesting enough for me.
But this is just my very personal opinion and it might also be a case of “its you not me” or “me being the odd one out here” – so please judge for yourself