A sexy, sultry and enthralling romance that will leave you hooked and captivated…
I love a true story, and when I found out that The List was loosely based on true events I just had to get involved. I have to admit that the premise for this story is somewhat similar to Prescott Lane’s The Sex Bucket List, which actually was another BIG selling point for. However, it very quickly took on a much more angsty and almost tortured toned of unrequited love. At first I was unsure of whether I liked it or not, but the more I read the more hooked I became on figuring Eli out. Eli is somewhat of an enigma and the more that Taye tries to dig out of him it’s like he becomes more and more mysterious…
I found Taye really relatable. I certainly found a sense of solidarity with her and in all honesty I really just wanted her to realise that she was worth so much more than what Eli made her out to be. Saying that though, to me it’s what made this book. Far too often we have a hero who goes from wanting a good time and no strings to all of a sudden wanting the whole hog – marriage, a house and a SUV that can fit more kids than the Old Lady in the shoe… that is not Eli. That’s not to say that he doesn’t have genuine feelings toward Taye, but his actions are pig headed and callous at times – even if he is upfront and honest about what he wants out of their “relationship”. Quite frankly, I found his character very real and personally I loved that. I liked that he didn’t have these far-fetched and OTT demons in his past that made him become an arsehole. It was refreshing to have a hero, that in actually was simply just a prick. Not that I liked his personality very much, but he was raw and honest. Like real guys he needed to grow and become a man – mentally, because physically… DEAR LORD!
Taye on the other hand was sweet and captivating, however, I wish she had a stiffer backbone at times. There occasions where she was a bit of a doormat and too soft for her own good, even if that is what makes me identify with her. Saying that, she does have these amazing moments where she has this overwhelming strength and vigour and you just feel so proud of her. I guess that’s where Chantal’s brilliant character development lies because you feel like you go on a journey with her and you really do experience her highs and lows.
Plot development wise, I thought that the book had good pace for the most part – however, the ending felt a little rushed. That’s my biggest complaint in regards to The List. All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was different and original, and it only makes me hope that Chantal Fernando writes more outside of Motorcycle Club Romance. I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed for it!
About the Book
On a random night out with her girlfriends, Taye experiences something she hasn’t before.
Between vodkas and dance moves she probably shouldn’t be doing in public, never mind on a podium, she meets him.
She’s never had a one night stand before, and to have one is on her list of things to experience in her life.
Not only that, but the chemistry is off the charts.
She’s going home with this man, and she’s not going to regret it when she leaves him in the morning.
Or at least that’s what she thinks.
About the Author
New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty years old and lives in Western Australia.
Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.
When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.
Chantal loves to hear from readers.