Review: All About the D by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam


Note: This ARC was provided by the authors via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

All About the D is a romantic comedy standalone co-written by bestselling author Lex Martin and Leslie McAdam. The "D" in the title refers to the main male character's penchant for taking dick pics. Yes. Dick pics. Now, personally, I'm not a fan of this particular kind of "selfie". I don't see the point. It's like when women take photos of their private parts and then send them to whoever it is they're trying to entice with their "assets". In the case of twenty-eight-year-old architect Joshua Cartwright, his dick pics are for his NSFW (that's "not safe for work" for those who aren't familiar with the acronym) blog, which he anonymously maintains, and I guess he believes it's his way of sharing his rather gifted peen. How nice of him, yes? Why keep it anonymous? Well, his prominent family certainly wouldn't be thrilled if they learned what he's been posting online. When an unexpected opportunity via his extremely popular blog comes along, Josh knows he wants in, but he also recognizes the importance of continuing to maintain his anonymity. But how does one do business with wannabe sponsors without outing yourself, right?

This is where twenty-seven-year-old lawyer Evelyn Mills comes in. She's good at her job, but she can't help but bemoan her ugly duckling status in the firm. She's got insecurities coming out of her pores, so she certainly didn't expect that the guy with the hot D was hot all over...and that he was actually interested in more than her legal expertise. There is, of course, the important issue regarding ethics when it comes to a lawyer and their client becoming intimately involved. That's a strong enough point of conflict, so all the other sources of angst in the story weren't all that necessary, and I do wish Evelyn's being curvier than those women at work wasn't overplayed. I'm not stick-thin. Heck, I'm not thin, period, and I like being curvy, though I'm also realistic and know there's a difference between being curvy and unhealthily obese. I don't, however, need someone to constantly highlight my curves and how great I am for being curvy because then it comes off as being insincere and borders on pandering. Evelyn isn't skinny; we get it. I wanted far more focus on her personality, intelligence, and other positive attributes.

Now, did this succeed as far as being a romantic comedy? Yes, it did. I laughed--A LOT. There were some true comedic gems in this story, and when I wasn't laughing at those, I smiled. There was also lots of romance, thanks in large part to Josh, setting aside his overindulgence in all things D, who was really a great guy. Swoony and sweet, he takes the cake and wins as far as qualities required in being a great book boyfriend are concerned. This book also happens to have sex and lots of it, most of which I did enjoy reading, but again, it got to the point where it felt a bit gratuitous and the temptation to skim? Well, the struggle was real. And see, this is why I'm now torn. The book had some good things about it, but it was far from perfect. Maybe if it weren't as long as it was, wherein certain things were played out far longer than they should have. Maybe if Evelyn wasn't made to be overly insecure about her physical appearance. Maybe if the story was about more than Josh's D. So, I'm taking the good with the bad, and at the end of the day, the rating I'm comfortable handing All About the D is 3.5 out of five stars. ♥

Release Date: 02 May 2017

Date Read: 02 May 2017

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