Amy Reviews ….EASY VIRTUE BY MIA ASHER
Love is selfish…
My name is Blaire.
I’m the bad girl.
The other woman.
The one who never gets the guy in the end.
I’m the gold digger.
The one no one roots for.
The one you love to hate.
I hate myself too…
Everyone has a story. Are you ready for mine?
6 STARS FOR MIA ASHER’S EASY VIRTUE
ANOTHER BRILLIANT READ FROM MIA ASHER
I sure did, I dropped the “B” word! It’s no secret, I love Mia’s work. If you follow me on Goodreads you know Arsen is one of my favorite books of all time. Her writing flows effortlessly and character development is nothing short of perfection. She writes stories where the reader should strongly dislike the characters, yet you end up loving them. They are perfectly flawed, human, and the reader is drawn to them therefore successfully pulling/investing you into the story. All of which are necessary to write an emotional book. Rarely does she do fluff and about every single word written is significant to the story or setting up the story.
Easy Virtue is no exception to the above. From page one Blaire makes you hate her. Let’s get something straight, if a writer creates a character which provokes a strong reaction , love or hate, she has done her job. You don’t hate the story you hate the character. If you dislike the character because he/she is just written poorly or is annoying it is not the same thing as hating a character because the writer wanted you to. The trick is can the author make you like the character by the end of the story? Mia Asher fully accomplishes this task. I mean lets face it, did Blaire really change from the beginning or did we just want her to change? We get glimpses of a possible change and at times I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room however I stuck it out because Mia made me understand her. I stuck around long enough to get to know her, figure her out, and eventually feel sorry for her. The scenes in the book played out like a movie in my mind (yes all books should do this but they don’t). When Blaire walked out on her mom I could see the suitcase, the carpet, the bed, the door , her room. Seeing the steamy scenes in your head, well that’s just an added bonus!
“Here’s the thing: I erase people from my life. The moment you become a liability, I discard you. If I get the sense that you will hurt me, I’ll remove your existence from my mind and my heart, leaving a vacant place amongst so many holes within me. You won’t even have the pleasure of being an afterthought.”
“It’s me. Tell me when to meet you and I’ll be there.” “Good girl. You won’t regret it.” “Wait!” “Yes?” “I want a lot of money.” “That’s fine. I have more than enough.”
Blaire is not Cathy (Arsen reference, if you haven’t read it YOU SHOULD) but she is selfish or is she? Is her selfishness the armor protecting her heart and soul? For the most part we are all products of our environment knowing this makes the back story realistic. Most of us have had friends that are promiscuous (what ever that is) and or self serving so this story isn’t too much of a stretch. Mix this with some fiction: a sweet, hot, funny guy who loves kids, wants to take care of her, and talks a bit alpha in the bedroom add in a sexy,hot, manly man, who is almost a mirror image of Blaire, takes charge, and you have one heck of a ride. I’ll let you figure out who said the quotes below:
“One day you’re going to let me love you, and I’m going to hold you so tight I’ll never let you go. I’m going to love you as if it were the one thing I was meant to do. As if it were my purpose in life. Don’t you see it, Blaire? Don’t you get it? You’re in me. In everything I see. In everything I touch. You’re in the air I breathe, in the water I drink, and in every dream I dream. I want to tell you so much more, but I know that you’re not ready to hear it.”
“Frankly, Blaire, I couldn’t care less. But the next time we see each other I plan to fuck you until you don’t know whether you’re begging me to stop or begging me to fuck you harder. Until the hours cease to exist and the only thing that matters is total surrender. I plan on putting that beautiful and brazen mouth of yours to good use, and not for conversation, darling. So yes, I want you to go back to your apartment and sleep on it.”
Is Easy Virtue a soul crushing emotional read, not quite ….yet. The story is an emotional one but the blow has yet to occur, trust me you’ll know when Mia wants to crush you. Anything you think or assume will happen , won’t . At one point I knew what was going to happen next, she wanted the reader to know what was going to happen next, I believe those in the literary world call it foreshadowing-there’s even a word for it BUT I was still shocked -it was like a wreck I couldn’t turn away. Damn her! I have ideas of where the story is going, I even messaged her my brilliant thoughts and before I finished she knew exactly where I was going with them. I believe her exact quote was “that would be too easy for Blaire. You know I like making things extremely hard for my characters”. SHUT DOWN BY MIA ASHER. Wait, that’s not going to happen? But that has to happen, right? Like I said the crushing of your soul has yet to occur.
I don’t want to put the label of “love triangle ” on this book but is it? At this point kind of, not technically, O.K. maybe that’s where it is going. Who knows, like I said Mia does not ever take you to what is predicted unless she wants to. So if your not reading this book because you think it may be a love triangle , you might as well jump on and enjoy the ride. Believe me when I tell you she will take us to places we had no idea we were going.
This will be on my list of all time favorite quotes:
“Truthful words are cruel, but such is the perverse nature of honesty. It’s rarely painless and always full of baggage.”
This reminded me of Blaire:
Poetic Justice=Virtue ultimately rewarded, or vice punished, by an ironic twist of fate related to the character’s own conduct