This book will definitely teach you that you should be careful what you wish for. Alexandria Shaw, who goes by Lexi, views her life as boring. She desperately desires a little more out of a life, a little more excitement. What she gets is quite a bit more than just a little excitement and could easily be lethal.

The Review & The Rant:

R.M. Gauthier has done an amazing job with the pacing of this story. It was never slow, she dropped surprises at the right time, and that’s not an easy thing to do. The conflict in this book definitely got under my skin so I have to give the author props for that. When things were going fine and dandy for Lexi I was cheering her on, but boy when she made bad decisions…so frustrating.

If we’re being truly honest, most of us have been swept up into a relationship we should’ve never gotten ourselves involved with in the first place. Lexi takes this concept to a whole new level. She says that she’s not stupid, but she is. I’m sorry. No wait, I’m not sorry. I have to say it. She gets herself involved with a CRAZY PERSON who has to have Dissociative Identity Disorder! And then defends him. Over. And over. And over again. If I could give Lexi any advice, and boy I wish I could, I’d tell her she is unhealthy. She needs to get herself some counseling and straight into a support group for those who’ve suffered through domestic violence. There are certain circumstances where she is incredibly intelligent, which made me root for her. Which made me scream at her when she would constantly do the opposite of what the little voice inside her head would advise her to do.

Hallelujah for Haley! Haley is her best friend. She’s a character that I definitely say at this point I like. She tries to tell Lexi to call the police, she tries to help her friend even when her friend doesn’t take her advice. Haley, I feel for you. That’s a frustrating position to be in and I don’t envy you for that. However, how could you introduce your friend to that kind of lifestyle in the first place? I don’t know. I really just don’t know.
I immediately got invested in Lexi’s story, to say the least, and desperately wanted to save her from some of her bad decisions. I hope that in future editions she grows into a stronger woman and realizes that she’s better off alone than with the company she’s getting herself involved with. I should warn anyone who hasn’t read 50 Shades of Gray that Control does include BDSM. I, for one, wasn’t prepared for this since I haven’t read 50 Shades of Gray. I’m not Rihanna. Chains and whips don’t excite me, but if they do then this book is for you!

Star Rating Report Card:

3.86 Stars out of 5
1) Were the characters believable?
★★ – 2 stars
2) Did you like the characters?
★★★★ – 4 stars
3) Does the story move at a good pace?
★★★★★ – 5 stars
4) Are there holes in the plot?
★★★ – 3 stars
5) Is there conflict?
★★★★★ – 5 stars
6) Is the point-of-view consistent?
★★★★★ – 5 stars
7) Did you enjoy the story overall?
★★★ – 3 stars

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