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๐Ÿ’™ ๐“œ๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ธ๐“ป๐”‚ ๐Ÿ’™

๐“‘๐”‚: Skye Warren

๐“–๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ป๐“ฎ: Contemporary Romance

๐“ก๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฎ ๐““๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฎ: March. 17, 2020

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๐“‘๐“ต๐“พ๐“ป๐“ซ

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.

๐“๐“ญ๐“ญ ๐“œ๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ธ๐“ป๐”‚ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“–๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ญ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ญ๐“ผ ๐“ฃ๐“‘๐“ก
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๐Ÿ’™๐“’๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฏ๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ผ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ผ ๐“ž๐“ฏ ๐“ ๐“‘๐“ฒ๐“ซ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“น๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ฎ ๐“ก๐“ฎ๐“ฟ๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐”€๐Ÿ’™

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โ๐ฟ๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘”๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ก โ„Ž๐‘ข๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘’๐‘ฅ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก. ๐‘Š๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘›. ๐ผ๐‘ก ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘›’๐‘ก ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘ค๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘™ ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘โ„Ž ๐‘–๐‘ก โ„Ž๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘ .โž

โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’/๐Ÿ“ ๐“ž๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ก๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ:ย 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.

โ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ๐‘๐‘’ ๐ผ ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘›โ€™๐‘ก โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘  ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘’. ๐ผ๐‘กโ€™๐‘  ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘”โ„Ž ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘™๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’.โž

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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.

โ๐ผ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’. ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก’๐‘  ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก’๐‘  ๐‘ค๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘š๐‘’, ๐‘š๐‘ฆ ๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘“๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘ค. ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘š๐‘’๐‘ โ„Ž ๐‘š๐‘ฆ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘“ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ โ„Ž๐‘ข๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘๐‘’๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”.โž

Skye Warren writes emotional turmoil like nobodyโ€™s business. Even though I hadn’t personally read what Sutton had gone through in The Trust Fund Duetย 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.

โ๐ผ ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘›โ€™๐‘ก ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘œ ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘›โ€™๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘š๐‘’.โž

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!

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๐Ÿ’™ (๐“—) ๐“—๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ธ: 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.

โ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’โ€™๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ค๐‘’๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘‘๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐ผ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘’.โž

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…

โ๐บ๐‘œ๐‘‘, ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘š๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘ . ๐ถ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”. ๐ธ๐‘ฅ๐‘๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก ๐ผ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ. ๐‘‚๐‘›๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘š๐‘’. ๐ถ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘” ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘š. ๐ท๐‘œ๐‘›’๐‘ก ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ž ๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘”๐‘ข๐‘ฆ, ๐ด๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘™๐‘’๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž. ๐ผ’๐‘š ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘. ๐‘๐‘œ ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข.โž

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.

โ๐ผ’๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘› โ„Ž๐‘’’๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘”๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’, ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐ผโ€™๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘–๐‘ก.โž

โค๏ธ (๐“ฑ) ๐“—๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฎ: 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.

โ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘’’๐‘  ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘’. ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐ผ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ, ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐ผ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ. ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐ผ ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘’๐‘‘ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ.โž

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๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿ‘/๐Ÿ“ ๐“ข๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ถ ๐“•๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“ธ๐“ป:ย 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.

โ๐ผโ€™๐‘š ๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘˜ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘–๐‘’๐‘๐‘’๐‘ . ๐ผโ€™๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘˜ ๐‘š๐‘ฆ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘“, ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘œ.โž

๐ŸŒช ๐“’๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฏ๐“ฏ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ฆ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ท๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ:ย Nope, no cliffhanger. Sutton finally gets his own happily ever after and Ashleigh’s life turns around for the better… together.

โš ๏ธ ๐“ฃ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ฆ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ท๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ: 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!

โ๐‘Œ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘ค๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘’, ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก, ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก?” โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘š๐‘ฆ ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ. “๐ผ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค,” ๐ผ ๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ. “๐ผ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘—๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข.โž

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Skye WarrenSkye 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.

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