BOOK REVIEW ~ TIGHT BY ALESSANDRA TORRE

By | February 8, 2019

I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single, thirty-two year old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence.
I also hadn’t been laid in three years. Hadn’t been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and wearing makeup… a while ago.
Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants. He flipped my quiet life upside down and crawled into a place in my heart I thought was dead.
The issue is his secret.The issue is her.The issue is that I don’t even know she exists, and he thinks she’s dead.The issue is that shit is about to hit the fan and I can’t hold on to him tight enough.

[1 star for the writing. Half a star because at times I did like the heroine Riley]
My rating is pretty self-explanatory – this book didn’t work for me at all. I’ve read a few books from this author and while I do like her writing, I feel like her approach seems to focus more on making a statement with big plot twists rather than on actual story and character development. Because once again, Tight is a book centering around one plot twist that was a mindfuck fail for me. In addition, the ‘suspense’ aspect of the story seemed to emulate another book I read and that just doesn’t sit well with me AT ALL. It’s not my intention to rip apart this book by noting every single flaw I found so I’ll just focus my attention on the main things that didn’t work for me:
This book was a chore to read, plus I didn’t feel the connection between Brett and Riley. A little harsh, but that’s what I felt. I do think that the author has a solid writing style so it’s not the actual writing that was a turnoff, but the characters and nonexistent plot. Our hero Brett and heroine Riley bump into each other at a bachelorette party and hit it off well…too well  for my tastes actually. I don’t mind reading about that initial lust and attraction and all, but I found it mindblowingly unbelievable when Brett brings Riley some fuzzy slippers one night and then the next they start banging each other. And by the time the bachelorette party is over, they’re completely enamored with each other. A self-imposed dry spell isn’t a good enough reason to explain their insta-connection. On top of that, what happened to the actual story?? I could seriously sum it up for you in this one sentence: sex, eat, sleep, sex, Riley’s girlfriends giggling over Brett, sex, etc…Not much is know about Brett except he’s extremely wealthy and is obviously hiding secrets (more on this part later), and that Riley is the golden girl in her small town. Them traveling around to out-of-country places as ‘dates’ (first they meet in the Bahamas at a bachelorette party, then there’s Aruba and Jamaica) quickly sent me snoozing. I really don’t care that Brett gave Riley some pretty flowers or they’re sending each other sweet texts. A plot as bland and one-dimensional like this one loses my attention FAST.
This book concept was way too similar to another book I read. The comparison I’m about to make is a bit of a spoiler, though I’m sure if you’ve read the book, you’ll see the similarities straight off the bat. If not and you’re just curious what book I’m referring to, click this link. Tight took a turn down dark romance lane, but ended up in the gray area. Just the fact that these two books were so similar was a big disconnect for me, and it didn’t help that the execution was terribly weak. In between the Brett and Riley POV chapters, there are mysterious chapters told in ‘Kitten’s’ POV – you can deduce that she’s a captive. In these chapters, the writing was more telling, less showing. And the whole captive/captor dynamic portrayed was laughable – how the captor was so proud he ‘broke’ his little Kitten while it was so obvious that he really didn’t. His methods are glossed over; her responses are barely touched upon. This entire aspect weaved along with Brett and Riley’s POV chapters didn’t mix well in my opinion. Going back and forth between their boring courtship and the poorly-executed dark gave me whiplash and left me feeling frustrated and annoyed.
But will readers gasp and be surprised over the big twist? I’m sure most will be. It’s just for me, I’ve seen it done already so it’s not the most original and attention-grabbing storyline. Which leads me to the clincher on the cover:
“This is not a story about servitude. This is a story about strength.”
All I have to say to that is nice concept but sorry, it didn’t dazzle me or warm my black heart at all. Maybe it’s because I didn’t feel the love connection between Brett and Riley. But I think the main reason is that the final revelation was so…underwhelming. It was literally THE most obvious twist, so obvious I didn’t believe the author would actually use it. So when she did, I thought to myself ‘wow, that’s it?’ After that I lost all interest and just wanted to finish the book already.
Even though this book didn’t work for me, it was a 5 star (even 6 star) winner for many readers so I’m definitely in the minority with where I stand. As I dislike books that solely utilize flashy plot twists to drive the story, I’m thinking this might be the end of the line for me and Alessandra Torre’s books.
Tight is a contemporary romance standalone with dark and erotic elements. There are some familiar scenes in this book to her novella Still which was in the banned Bend Anthology.
An advanced copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
 
Rating: 1.5 stars!