Shrug it Off by Mathilde Watson ~ Review by Teresa

I liked the idea of Stephen hearing his angel and devil on his shoulder…

Shrug it OffTitle: Shrug it Off

Author: Mathilde Watson

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

For Stephen, dating is more than a challenge, it’s a nightmare. All he wants is a man he can talk to, someone he can laugh with and be himself around. What he’s got instead is an incessant running commentary on everyone and everything.

The meddling guides posted on his shoulders each have their own ideas of what Stephen should be looking for. From the right, his angel urges him to find a man like himself: confident, successful, and upwardly mobile. The little devil on his left shoulder is only interested in a guy’s face and what he’s got below the waist. The two can never agree on anything—until Stephen meets Connor—and then things get really interesting…

My View

I felt Shrug it Off started out well, I enjoyed Connor’s snarky attitude and skepticism in regards to Stephen’s initial advances. Hearing the Devil and the Angel on Stephen’s shoulders later was entertaining to begin with. I liked that Connor wasn’t perfect and that Stephen wasn’t looking for perfection. I really liked Stephen and Conner, they were both nice guys, even if Connor had self esteem issues. Though we didn’t see a lot of the initial interactions between the two, we were only told, what we see was good and promising. I would give it 4 stars.

However, as the story progressed, I became increasingly annoyed by the angels on the shoulders. They were both as cruel as the devil and all three’s interactions in the story distracted from the relationship forming between our MCs. This was especially true during the sex scenes. I don’t think we are supposed to have any sympathy for these characters, but as they are part of the main plot, I felt we needed more background on them. Their comments were off putting and I felt ruined some good parts of the book. It dropped my enjoyment to 2 stars.

I loved Samantha and her interference. She was a highlight in the story.  Overall, it was a cute story with an interesting premise, so I decided to meet in the middle with 3 stars.

Buy Links:

Mischief Corner Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
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I would like to thank Mischief Corner Books for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.


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