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Review: Easy Virtue by Mia Asher

My Thoughts

An explosive, erotic page turner.
It was intense, bold and riveting.

4halfstars

Synopsis

easy virtueLove is selfish…

My name is Blaire.
I’m the bad girl.
The other woman.
The one who never gets the guy in the end.

I’m the gold digger.
The bitch.
The one no one roots for.
The one you love to hate.

I hate myself too…

Everyone has a story. Are you ready for mine?

My Review

“Many say that love will set you free, but I disagree… love is a cage, a very painful one; its gilded bars made with yearning, heartache, and unfulfilled dreams. And the moment I realized that love wasn’t necessary to one’s survival I became free. No one would have the power to hurt me again.”

This book. Bold. Explosive. Raw. Ugly and sad and hopeful all rolled into a story that challenged my emotions. That pushed the boundaries… shattered the notion of what a love story should be. Because Easy Virtue is no love story. It’s one woman’s gritty realism as she shields herself from love. From feeling. From letting in those emotions that make her vulnerable and weak. There’s so much at play, so many dueling sentiments, that I had a hard time processing what to make of it all. I honestly am still struggling to figure out how I feel. And perhaps that’s where Mia Asher’s ingenuity flourishes, in making us readers question and doubt and wince in surprise… and feel.

“… it feels good to be wanted… so good. It makes me feel powerful, like a potent drug spreading inside your bloodstream, I want more.”

Blaire grew up in a broken household, where her mother’s beauty enticed a long string of men, where her father’s alcoholism soothed his own heartache, where she felt unwanted… where she was unwanted by both of her parents. At school, she was taunted. She was a pudgy girl who lived under the tainted shadow of her parents’ downfall. But one day, she grew up. She lost the baby fat. She took ahold of the reigns and found her power. Like her mother, her beauty was her power and her retribution.

“You can call me heartless if you want, but the best way not to get hurt and not to get your heart broken, is by pretending that you lack one.”

Getting to know Blaire is a study in contradiction. There’s the real Blaire, whose almost permanently shut off, whose emotions remain under lock and key. Then there’s the Blaire who seduces men, who makes women sneer in a combination of disgust and jealousy. Who goes home to a posh apartment she doesn’t pay for, in expensive shoes and enticing designer clothes. She’s the Blaire who seeks uncomplicated, who knows how to play the game better than anyone else.

“Love is a show where my soul is naked, but I’m covered in lies. And I’m okay with that because in my life, only the fittest survive.”

And boy do we see Blaire play the game, but we also see glimpses of vulnerability and emotion, wanting to cling to something and someone. And one day, she meets him. The man that fissures that tough shell, who sees past the void to the broken girl who lies beneath. As a result, her carefully constructed world threatens to fall in the arms of a man, Ronan, who doesn’t seem rich—who prefers Chucks to dress shoes, vintage t-shirts to designer suits. Who really sees her.

“For the first time in my life, I’ve found someone who makes me feel—someone who could easily make me fall madly in love with him.”

Easy Virtue is a story rife with contradiction, conflict, connivance and control.  It’s Blaire’s story.  It’s the story of her figuring out who she is and who she wants to be. Whether she wants to take the easy way out—a life of luxury. A life where she knows the rules. Where she sets the rules. Where she feels nothing and thus cannot lose everything. Or a life rich with what seems to be love. Happiness. Hope. And a whole lot of complication. A life where she stands to lose everything. And perhaps, a life that she doesn’t deserve.

“Love is selfish. Love is unkind. Love hurts.”

Mia Asher had devised a story that is addictive and gripping. It’s heart wrenching. Definitely the type of story that completely challenged me… intrigued me, leaving me a bit off kilter somehow. It’s not a cheating story, per se, although it does explore the topic. I hope that the next book shows us some more of Blaire’s softer side, to allow us to better know her and connect with her, and I’m guessing we are likely to see some surprising twists to the story too. So many thoughts continue to swirl in my mind, especially since the book ends with a scene that surprised me and left me wanting to know what in the world will happen next. If you’re looking for a bold, erotic novel that will stretch the boundaries of your own convictions, one-click this one immediately.

“I wasn’t born a monster, though my choices certainly have made me one. But I can’t stop myself. I can’t. Causing pain to others when I’m suffering soothes me.”

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  1. Priscilla P. said:

    So, I was looking up this book and I found your review that gets me! I’ve already read it, I couldn’t explain why I loved it so much. It was different from other books, where I kind of wanted to dislike Blaire but didn’t. She was honest all along, and put herself first yet I loved when I could see her softer side. I felt her connection with Ronan and I felt something growing with Lawrence even though I like him, I didn’t feel that there was more between them. Thank you for your review and for really getting how I felt about Easy Virtue.

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