Dominic (Slater Brothers, #1) by L.A Casey
WARNING: If you don't like a leading male that is a possessive prick, Dominic is NOT for you.
If you don't like a leading female that is a stubborn bitch, Dominic is NOT for you.
If you don't like over the top drama and characters who have bad tempers, Dominic is NOT for you.
Most of all, if you don't like characters who CURSE A LOT and sayEXACTLY what they feel and are thinking without sugar coating it then Dominic is REALLY NOT for you.
After a car accident killed her parents when she was a child, Bronagh Murphy chose to box herself off from people in an effort to keep herself from future hurt. If she doesn't befriend people, talk to them or acknowledge them in any way they leave her alone just like she wants.
When Dominic Slater enters her life, ignoring him is all she has to do to get his attention. Dominic is used to attention, and when he and his brothers move to Dublin, Ireland for family business, he gets nothing but attention. Attention from everyone except the beautiful brunette with a sharp tongue.
Dominic wants Bronagh and the only way he can get to her, is by dragging her from the boxed off corner she has herself trapped in the only way he knows how...by force.
Dominic wants her, and what Dominic wants, Dominic gets
Kelly - 4 Crowns
I feel like I want to say fuck a lot. I know many may deem it unprofessional but when you read a book that gives its main characters such endearing nicknames such as Phat Ass and FuckFace its kinda difficult to go with the norm here...after all, this story along with its characters are very far from normal.
Read that disclaimer and you will know what you are in store for because this book is so far from what I expected that I absolutely loved it. It's not perfect by any means and the dialect takes a little getting used to along with the excessive use of the word fuck, the throwing, the punching, the tantrums and...the snorting, but WOW... what can I say except I think I spent the majority of this book laughing my arse off and swooning over the big Slater Bro's.
The storyline is rather enjoyable. In-fact it reminded me a little of Beautiful Disaster as there is an underground fighting theme and the older Brothers, although the execution couldn't be any further apart. I wouldn't say this was an amalgamation of other books even though there were a couple of references, but more a case of the writer paying homage to her influences but with a unique twist all her own.
Is it a cast stereotype? Yes, probably... but fairplay for this debut author trying something different and sticking to her roots, it was a brave move and I commend her highly for it.
I appreciate this book has many mixed reviews and a goodreads friend asked me my opinion whilst I was a good halfway through, and this is what I told her:
"That disclaimer says it all. Those that are giving it 1-2 stars picked up a book that they didn't really want to read. This is one of those stories that you have to take with a pinch of salt and just go with it. The Irish dialect is brilliant and the characters are off the damn wall, crazy. Every other word is fuck and there are more than a few repetitive adolescent mood-swings and added drama just thrown in for good measure, but I'm loving it. It may not be a 5 star read, but I can't seem to put this train wreck down so kudos to the author for keeping me gripped. These Slater Brothers are damn HOT too!" ;)
So there you have it...
Dominic for 18 has some stellar skills and that makes me feel kinda pervy but hey-ho, fuck it, this book was fun escapism with some epic banter scenes that nearly had me wetting myself. Yes, he could be little immature but when he wants something, he doesn't back down and he doesn't share what he rightfully believes is his.
Bronagh is unlike any heroine I have read before. She has her issues and her mouth would put a sailor to shame, but deep down she is just a scared young girl who keeps her distance. A loner by choice, she is a keen target for bullies. Her life isn't easy and it certainly isn't happy, so when Dominic turns her world upside down, her initial reaction is to fight it. Watching her walls crumble and letting others in was a poignant part of this story and one that delivered a real sweet positive message amongst all the crazy. Gotta love the Irish! :D
Be prepared to read something that goes against the grain. This is one of those books that you will either love or hate. My advice, give it a go but keep an open mind and don't expect too much, and you may just find yourself liking it as much as I did. There is angst here too, and the end delivers quite a dramatic climax, although it was thrown upon us very quickly, it still made for an interesting and guilty-pleasure read.