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Monday, January 4, 2016

3/5 Review: Stepbrother, Mine by Opal Carew





Dana's always had a clear vision of what she wanted out of life. But when her father dies during her final year of college, Dana's whole world threatens to topple down. In desperate need of money, she comes up with an idea. It's scandalous. It's HOT. And it's got everybody talking. . .Is Dana really going to auction off her own virginity? And at what cost?

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Stepbrother, Mine by Opal Carew is a discovery novel.  Both Mason and Dana need to find out what they really want from each other and for each other.  Dana is caught in a situation that has her contemplating the sale of her virginity.  She wishes that it could be the one man she has always loved, but knew that it wasn’t possible.  She agrees to sell her virginity to the highest bidder so that she can keep going to school, and is surprised to find out that it is Mason who is the bidder.  Mason was Dana’s stepbrother for about three years, so I didn’t really understand the stigma that seemed to be a big part of their resistance to each other.  Not to mention that their parents were married when she was a teenager and Mason was older, so they did not grow up together.  The fact that they were stepsiblings for a while seemed to be the biggest hurdle to get over, and then there was Mason’s idea that Dana wouldn’t handle being his sub.  He needed to get over himself.  He kept trying to protect her and all he kept doing is putting obstacles in their way.  Then his father was still trying to hurt Mason and get at Dana.  So many obstacles and things getting in the way and the end was rushed to solve everything.  Then Mason still sent Dana away.  He came to his senses but the ending still felt unsatisfying.  
I don’t mind the whole step-sibling trope, but it is barely there and it was blown up to be a huge thing.  Dana also did everything she could to be with Mason and he kept putting things in the way so it seemed like he really didn’t want her.  It seemed to be a case of he wanted her too much but thought he wasn’t good enough for her.