2 out of 4 stars
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Randy Love. . .at your service, a romance novel written by Shay Carter, follows Randy Love, a charming and handsome young man with an excellent education who comes from an affluent family. Despite this, a lack of common sense leads Randy from one blunder to the next, forcing him to rely on family and friends to get him out of his self-created predicaments. Will Randy ever grow up and learn to take some responsibility, or is he doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past?
Randy Love was the most interesting aspect to this book. He is a character that--at one moment--I liked for his charm and wit and--the next--I hated for his utter laziness and degrading attitude towards women. Creating such a character is a challenge and I applaud Carter for managing it. I also enjoyed some of the situations that Randy found himself in--typically of his own making--and laughed a great deal.
Unfortunately, the things that I liked quickly wore out. As the book progressed, Randy's wit was increasingly replaced by his more negative traits. Not only does he do the bare minimum to get by--something that any hard working individual will despise--but he seems to view women as sex objects who are obligated to give him free room and board because he graced them with his nightly presence. As a woman, I found this to be incredibly degrading and demeaning.
The situations that Randy found himself in did make me laugh--at first. However, because most of them involved women jumping him at the most inopportune time--because they just couldn't wait to get a piece of him--I quickly grew to dislike them, both for their repetitiveness and how they portray women.
I also question placing this novel in the romance genre. Yes, there's sex. A lot. But there's no tension, no real conflict between him and his femme fatale, and no character redemption in which Randy becomes a more decent human being in the course of realizing that the woman he meets is "The One". In fact, he makes this realization at the eleventh hour and only does so because he decides that--if he must marry--she's the woman he's willing to suffer through life with. It was a realization that fell flat mainly because he treated her identically to all the other woman who've crossed his path.
Lack of a meaningful plot, a character that I despised with every page, and a book that had a large number of spelling and grammatical errors left me less than thrilled with this read. There may be people out there who'd enjoy this kind of tale, but I'm not one of them. I give Randy Love. . .at your service, the rate of 2 out of 4 stars.
Randy Love...at your service
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