Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Explicit by Ava Harrison

EXPLICITPierce Lancaster is bad news.

Spoiled.

Entitled.

Sexy as —

He’s exactly what I don’t want in my life. What I don’t need. I’m not the girl he knew before.
 
I’ve changed.

But he hasn’t.

He’s trouble filled with empty promises. I’ve come too far to fall back. Yet I can’t seem to stay away.

I can’t say no.

I am addicted to Pierce Lancaster.

5 stars

Romance | Contemporary | New Adult

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy through a Instagram Feature tour hosted by Inkstagram Tours in exchange for an honest review***

Well tickle my pickle comrades I have said it before and I will say it again; these emotional reads are flipping kicking my rear left and right. I am obviously a creature of punishment because the puddle of tears and the amount of swoonage one person can withstand has been measured. Explicit kicked my ass. 

The sear writing style of Harrison really did me in. I went into this thinking I would be swooning, melting off my seat, maybe even some jilling session inspiration, but what I got was a bone chilling dynamic that absolutely slayed me… with a little bit of drool worthy steam. Above all this was definitely a romance but it encompassed so much more of such a raw, breathtaking story – one with two characters both struggling with emotional, physical and just mental flaws that slapped such a powerful relatable and believable plot onto my lap.

Simply put – I read it in one sitting. Once I started I couldn’t put it down.

Both Pierce and Lindsey was perfection. Pierce had such a drowning personality that just overpowered everything, which is definitely the part I was not expecting. Between his battling addiction, denial of this addiction plus his need to continue such a reckless lifestyle was causing me to tear up every moment he cracked. Everything was really focused on how he felt his self worth, and that was so crippling to read. Lindsey was no different. Being in denial that she didn’t need help, that she was afraid to open herself – honestly many points she was so guarded she came across such a hypocritical bitch. Both struggled with admitting their faults, instead they continued to blame others, throwing themselves pity parties, or even each other to keep the distance. Their personalities were just destructed and made such perfect sense. 

This is what I loved about their chemistry as well. Because they were flawed, or even damaged goods, they grew in this toxic bubble that helped evolve their mindset. And before you say, whoa Becky that doesn’t sound good… let me explain what I mean. Both Lindsey and Pierce had such different stories growing up yet they were so similar. Both felt very little worth towards their families, this hindered their self esteem in a lot of ways and it made them come together. With this though comes that saying – before you can love someone you have to love yourself. Their chemistry was really based on this factor. It took them a while to appreciate themselves thus growing to love one another. 

They had a powerful connection. Their chemistry fired up the pages. Even at the beginning the connection was fun, then turned friends turned this evolution of a relationship where feelings become this fierce connection. This creates a shift in their lifestyle. They really leaned on one another and I loved that the most about their romance – not that the sex didn’t make me drool, but it was honestly the mushy romance for once that had tears in my eyes and my heart leaping.

And those secondary characters – gosh I don’t think the drama would have been as gut wrenching without the dynamics of the supporting characters. From the entire Lancaster clan battling against Pierce, the deafening factor as they all disregard him, every moment Spencer chimed in I cringed. Because of how they expected Pierce to fail, treating him as if he was trash just broke my heart. Even the small amounts of Olivia either being mentioned or actually being conversed within the scene, as a reader with sympathy towards Pierce you can’t help but hold a certain level of disgust for Olivia. 

Definitely amazing. I cannot gush enough about this book – I do believe I am starting to ramble…. I just felt a multitude of raw emotions while reading Pierce and Lindsey’s struggles. The reality of their personalities and inner struggles was perfection. Being able to connect with them on such a emphatic level was outstandingly overwhelming. 

Just amazing. Read it. You will thank me later. 

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