Book Cover Pick Me

Book Review: Pick Me by Kristine Mason

Book Cover Pick Me

Book Cover of Pick Me by Kristine Mason.

I recently finished the book Pick Me by Kristine Mason. I received a signed copy of the paperback as a prize when I entered an online contest for her Shadow of Danger tour. While she does not ask me to review the book, and I do not know her personally, I like to share with you my thoughts on what I read. I admit that I struggled a bit with this read.

This book features romance in a way that I am not used to reading. I don’t normally read steamy books but, as I explained, this one was a win in a contest. So, I wanted to give it a go. I felt uncomfortable with some of the scenes as they described character Colt Walker’s excitement in his pants for Valentina Bonasera and went on to describe sex between them. It was quite descriptive or, at least, more than I am used to reading. I admit to enjoying more subtle romantic gestures shown in books, such as kissing, but am way more a gal who likes to read about plot, conversation and characters’ intellectual profiles.

So, obviously, this is just my take on the book. With that in mind, Pick Me by Kristine Mason does have an interesting plot. The main character Valentina agrees to switch from being the Production Assistant of the TV reality dating show Pick Me to being the bachelorette on the show. Then she discovers that Bachelor One is actually Colt, the man she had a one-night stand with earlier in the year. It all just got complicated! That plot twist is a good one, so I give the author Mason props for it.

In conclusion, while I thought the plot was creative, I felt uncomfortable with the sexy language and scenes throughout the book Pick Me. I skimmed over those steamy scenes. I give the book 3 out of 5 stars. I looked on Amazon and the book is free right now (Kindle version) if you want to give it a read too; clicking the link above or the photo will take you there.

Have you read any steamy books lately?

©2015 Christy Birmingham

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62 thoughts on “Book Review: Pick Me by Kristine Mason

  1. Janine Huldie

    Great review Christy and will say the only books I ever read that had some over the top sex scenes was Fifty Shades of Grey series but knew going in what I was getting into I suppose 😉

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  2. simon7banks

    No, but I just finished Alan Bennett’s “Smut”, which features two long-short-stories whose plots are all around sex. There isn’t a lot of description of the sex as such. As you might expect from this author, the writing is perceptive and humane, with sly humour.

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  3. balroop2013

    They say never judge the book by its cover but this one exhibits very clearly what to expect!
    I haven’t read a steamy book ever…may be I didn’t come across one but I don’t have any interest in explicit sexual description. I usually skip such chapters whenever I come across one. I liked your candid style of writing a review. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Aw, thanks Balroop. It’s just not my kind of book but I wanted to share in case it interested anyone else. I did my best to be fair in my review and that’s so kind of you to notice. Wishing you a great rest of your day!

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  4. Cyan Ryan

    lol great review, I laughed at how you described the steamy scenes. I’ve read a lot of Stephen King, and there is actually the occasional incredibly bizarre steamy scene in those, and I’m like… what in the world am reading??? Very unusual, not what I want to be reading, as my preference is plot and dialogue over smut as well o_O

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hehe you totally got the part of the post that was most difficult to write. I mean, how do I not talk about that as it was throughout the book? I thought though that I wanted to see if the plot would overshadow the other areas that made me uncomfortable. That’s funny about the Stephen King experiences you’ve had! I don’t read his books because of the creepiness factor. Thanks for the comment!

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  5. DG MARYOGA

    You are a fair reviewer dear Christy … I think I would feel uncomfortable too,especially with the sexy language.There are readers though who don’t really bother at all.Thank you for discussing it openly and without reservations. Happy Sunday 🙂

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  6. cav12

    I don’t mind a bit of romance but I don’t read a lot of romance or any of the subsequent sub-genres. Like you, I do prefer the romance to be subtle 😀

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  7. Resa

    I’ve written 2 books. One has steamy parts. Yet, I (& others) think it is a lot more captivating than my other book (self published on Amazon)
    I can understand the uncomfortable feelings, which is maybe why I have not done anything about my “steamy” book.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I had no idea, Resa! I didn’t realize you had two books. Can you forward me the Amazon link to the non-steamy one (if you’re open to having me read it)… I would love to support you and read more of your writing.

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  8. Connie Flanagan

    Christy,

    I applaud you for following through on writing a review for the book you won! The point of book giveaways is to generate reviews, and it must be very disappointing to the authors when the recipients of their free books make no response.

    Working in a bookstore, I often read books that aren’t necessarily to my taste so that I can tell customers about them. Like you, I am not a fan of erotica, but the buzz created by “50 Shades of Grey” made me take a look at it. Overall, I was disappointed by the poor quality of the writing, but there were a couple of interesting concepts in the book. The sex scenes, like in many books in this genre, were repetitive, and I found them disturbing as the characters were in an S&M relationship that I found denigrating to women. Some customers who bought the book didn’t even know what it was about, but the marketing was so successful that they felt compelled to give it a try. Some read and enjoyed all three books in the trilogy, but a great many more admitted that they just bought the first book because of the number of their friends who were reading it. Their assessment of it was the same as my own. (It’s now being released as a movie. I am curious to see how successful the movie will be, given the disappointment expressed by many of my customers who read the book.)

    For comparison, I read “S.E.C.R.E.T.,” written under a pseudonym by a Canadian television producer. The writing was excellent, and the theme of empowering women to take control of their own sexuality was much more appealing to me than the S&M content of “50 Shades of Grey” that I found so demeaning to women. (Granted, I didn’t read the other two books in the trilogy, so maybe someone can tell me if the sadist in the novel changes his view of women.) I still blushed at the explicit sexual scenes, but they were more varied than in “50 Shade of Grey,” and the plot of “S.E.C.R.E.T.” was interesting. The characters were more three-dimensional as well, to the extent that I found myself rooting for the narrator.

    “50 Shade of Grey” did, however, accomplish in making erotica a more acceptable genre for women, and many authors took advantage of this. In my bookstore, the Erotica section expanded quickly on the heels of the success of “50 Shades of Grey.” Previously, it had included only a few books, and these largely targeted a male audience. I don’t know what the author did to create so much interest in her book, but certainly word-of-mouth played a huge role in its prodigious sales. Maybe it’s success is simply due to its novelty at the time it was published, but there is certainly a lesson in book-marketing for Indie authors here.

    There is a new and large market for erotica written for women, but for product knowledge, I now ask my customers how they would compare the books of these new authors rather than reading them myself!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Connie,
      Thank you for your insightful comment, particularly about your reflections as a bookstore owner and with “50 Shades of Grey.” You’re quite right that the marketing on that book is what has made it sell well, from what I hear (I haven’t read it myself), rather than it being about writing quality. I know many people who bought the book even though they don’t usually read the genre, simply because they wanted to be part of the trend and popularity associated with it. Now it is being made into a film too! I wonder how it will translate to film and whether it will be degrading to women?

      I appreciate that the book “S.E.C.R.E.T” that you mention in your comment empowers women and I have to say I am impressed that there are books in this genre that do so. After all, it’s not that we want to be ashamed but instead be proud of our bodies and respectful.

      I am so glad you came by with such great discussion!

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