💙 𝓜𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓣𝓱𝓮𝓸𝓻𝔂 💙
𝓑𝔂: Skye Warren
𝓖𝓮𝓷𝓻𝓮: Contemporary Romance
𝓡𝓮𝓵𝓮𝓪𝓼𝓮 𝓓𝓪𝓽𝓮: March. 17, 2020
Billionaire Sutton Mayfair has nothing left to lose…
My best friend is getting married to the woman I love. They say the nice guy finishes last. So what’s the point of being a goddamn gentleman?
Maybe I should take what I want.
Even that sexy little thing on the street corner.
She needs a hot meal and a place to sleep. Instead I’m taking her home to soothe the savage beast inside me. I was born a bastard, and for the first time in my life I act like one.
Except the more I use her, the more I need her.
I didn’t know I had someone left to lose.
But for a single heartbeat, I had her.
𝓐𝓭𝓭 𝓜𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓣𝓱𝓮𝓸𝓻𝔂 𝓽𝓸 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓖𝓸𝓸𝓭𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓭𝓼 𝓣𝓑𝓡
💙𝓒𝓸𝓷𝓯𝓮𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓼 𝓞𝓯 𝓐 𝓑𝓲𝓫𝓵𝓲𝓸𝓹𝓱𝓲𝓵𝓮 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀💙
❝𝐿𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡. 𝑊𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑦 𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑖𝑛. 𝐼𝑡 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑒 𝑓𝑎𝑖𝑙 𝑜𝑟 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑡 ℎ𝑢𝑟𝑡𝑠.❞
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 𝟒/𝟓 𝓞𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓵𝓵 𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰: Mating Theory by Skye Warren IS standalone but it does have several interconnected characters with a few of Warren’s other books. Told in dual POV, two broken characters meet under unusual circumstances during some of the darkest points in their lives and then find solace in the very unique relationship that they have stumbled into. This is not a light read, both of these characters are flawed and there are definitely some unsavory subjects that could be considered triggers. This one definitely had some Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman, vibes.
❝𝑀𝑎𝑦𝑏𝑒 𝐼 𝑑𝑜𝑛’𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑚𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑒. 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑣𝑒.❞
As much as I adore Warren’s work, unfortunately, the interconnected characters involved in the story were from books that I have NOT read yet. Although neither of the other books has to be read, I did find myself wishing that I had read them before reading Mating Theory, especially The Trust Fund Duet which centers around Sutton, Harper, and Christopher. Although Mating Theory is about Ashleigh and Sutton, to better understand Sutton’s character and what he’s been through, I think it would have been better to read The Trust Fund Duet first.
❝𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑖𝑛 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒. 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑤𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑚𝑒, 𝑚𝑦 𝑓𝑎𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑓𝑙𝑎𝑤. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑠ℎ 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑛𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔.❞
Skye Warren writes emotional turmoil like nobody’s business. Even though I hadn’t personally read what Sutton had gone through in The Trust Fund Duet I could FEEL the pain and the heartbreak he was going through. Although Mating Theory was a good read, it still felt like that “something” between the characters was missing. Maybe because the story was on the shorter side, it just felt like the romance development was a little lacking. Which is why I couldn’t quite give Mating Theory the full 5-stars. Still a good read though! Again, I think I would have enjoyed a bit better if I had read The Trust Fund Duet prior.
❝𝐼 𝑑𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑒𝑙𝑠𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑚𝑒.❞
If you enjoy fake relationships that turn real and May to December/ Age Gap romances, then I suggest checking out Mating Theory, BUT I would definitely read through The Trust Fund Duet first. I need to dig a little deeper into Tanglewood so I’m off to read the duet and the other side character’s stories too!
💙 (𝓗) 𝓗𝓮𝓻𝓸: Sutton Mayfair, the broody broken man has hit his rock bottom. He’s lost not one, but two people that he loves in order for the two of them to get their happily ever after… together. Sutton has tried to move on, but now he’s invited to their wedding, not only invited but asked to be the best man.
❝𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒’𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝐼 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒.❞
I adore broken heroes/anti-heroes so of course, it was very easy to fall for Sutton. Sutton may be broken but he’s still a caring man. He puts on a facade as if he’s an arrogant prick and although I’m sure he is, to Ashleigh he’s everything she’s ever needed. Sutton begins to care for Ashleigh very quickly but fresh off of heartbreak, his heart is still vulnerable and he’s not willing to go through another one.
The only thing that confused me a bit as I got the impression that Sutton was a very dominant man. In AND out of the bedroom… he sure talks a big game…
❝𝐺𝑜𝑑, 𝑦𝑜𝑢’𝑟𝑒 𝑡𝑒𝑚𝑝𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠. 𝐶𝑟𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔. 𝐸𝑥𝑐𝑒𝑝𝑡 𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑟𝑦. 𝑂𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑚𝑒. 𝐶𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑔 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑚. 𝐷𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑔𝑢𝑦, 𝐴𝑠ℎ𝑙𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ. 𝐼’𝑚 𝑎 𝑏𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑑. 𝑁𝑜 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢.❞
But yet, there really wasn’t much follow-through. Maybe it’s because of the things Ashleigh had been through? He was a little more gentle with her then I thought a man like him would be.
❝𝐼’𝑙𝑙 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 ℎ𝑒’𝑠 𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼’𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑚𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑟 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑖𝑡.❞
❤️ (𝓱) 𝓗𝓮𝓻𝓸𝓲𝓷𝓮: Ashleigh Barnes is a young woman who’s been dealt a difficult hand. Ashleigh is trying to survive by any means necessary and unfortunately, the only commodity available to her is her body. Ashleigh is down on her luck and although she’s strong, she’s vulnerable and needs a helping hand. She finds that help in Sutton but worries how genuine his feelings for her are after the way they met.
I did really love the relationship between Ashleigh and her best friend, Ky. The way the two of them looked out for each other and protected each other, so sweet.
❝𝑆ℎ𝑒’𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑢𝑏𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝐼 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑟, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑟. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝐼 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 ℎ𝑒𝑟.❞
🔥🔥🔥 𝟑/𝟓 𝓢𝓽𝓮𝓪𝓶 𝓕𝓪𝓬𝓽𝓸𝓻: It turns out, Ashleigh and Sutton are just what one another needed and a connection between the two forms very quickly. Both characters are flawed but their flaws are what draws them to one another but in order for things to work, BOTH of them have to be willing to open their hearts to love again… which is a challenge for both of them. There was definitely some steam, but not as much as I would have expected… the saving grace was Sutton’s dirty mouth! Sheesh, that man knows how to leave the panties wet… the only problem, there really wasn’t much follow-through.
❝𝐼’𝑚 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑘 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑖𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑠. 𝐼’𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑘 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓, 𝑡𝑜𝑜.❞
🌪 𝓒𝓵𝓲𝓯𝓯𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻 𝓦𝓪𝓻𝓷𝓲𝓷𝓰: Nope, no cliffhanger. Sutton finally gets his own happily ever after and Ashleigh’s life turns around for the better… together.
⚠️ 𝓣𝓻𝓲𝓰𝓰𝓮𝓻 𝓦𝓪𝓻𝓷𝓲𝓷𝓰: There are difficult subjects that could be considered triggers. E.g. prostitution, drugs, etc. If you would like to know more about what those are, feel free to DM me!
❝𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑤𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑠𝑎𝑙𝑒, 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡, 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡?” ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑟𝑚𝑢𝑟𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑦 𝑒𝑎𝑟. “𝐼 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤,” 𝐼 𝑚𝑢𝑟𝑚𝑢𝑟. “𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢.❞
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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy.
Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine.
She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.