Slammed Into You (Coffee & Cardigans #1) by C.M. Valencourt: Review by Lost in a Book
They were like two hurricanes, touching down on the same shore.
Amir is a rising slam poet who wants to make it big. While he works a day job at a café, he writes poems like his life depends on it and performs at a local poetry slam every week.
But then Landon comes to a slam, and he’s not impressed by Amir. When he joins the slam team, he jeopardizes Amir’s chance to go to Nationals, all Amir’s been dreaming about for the past year. He vows to show Landon that he is the better poet.
As Amir and Landon clash to get the last spot at Nationals, their bickering and attempts to undermine each other quickly turn into angry lust. Amir’s priority is to win, but he can’t seem to get Landon out of his head…
This is the first book in the Coffee & Cardigans series, but can be read as a stand-alone. The next books will follow different couples.
I love slam poetry so hard. If there’s a story that features it, I wanna read it. I’m not a connoisseur of poetry but there’s just something about slam poetry AND two characters that live for it that gets me excited.
Slammed Into You was calling my name loudly and I had to dive in. Amir is a slam poet. He may work at a coffee shop but he lives for writing and performing his poems. He’s the only male on his slam team until an annoying yet handsome new guy wants to join.
Landon participates at open mic night and jumps at the offer to join a slam team. He’s standoffish and provides lots of feedback to the others, especially Amir, on how to improve their poems. Amir dislikes Landon right away and tensions run high for much of the book as they prepare for different slam competitions while figuring out the other person.
I mentioned that I love slam poems right? Ok, just checking because Amir annoyed the hell out of me. I had to keep on reminding myself that I want to read the poems since Amir almost had me DNFing. He’s whiny, self centered, insecure, and, immature. There’s only Amir’s POV which definitely didn’t help and his character doesn’t really show growth from beginning to end with his it’s all about me ways. Landon remains a mystery outside of his religious upbringing that comes up as they are planning a group poem. I think Landon’s POV would definitely improve the enjoyment factor and also help with his character development.
Amir and Landon’s relationship could use some finessing. They aren’t fleshed out as individuals and that carries over to their relationship. Their relational progression seemed disjointed and some of the sex is awkward to read, especially when Amir wants to try “being the dominant one.” Amir and Landon are very sexual once the seal is broken which I don’t typically complain about. But conversations and/or some info seeking usually occurs prior to whipping out the lube and/or condoms but not in this read. Their first time was hate sex with spanking, choking, and flip fucking. Without a single word on preferences. Hard limits. Nothing.
Slammed Into You does have a diverse group of characters and clear diversity is represented through their poems which is refreshing. The poetry was the highlight for me and kept me coming back for more.
Warning: Slam poetry tackles a variety of topics that may be sensitive to readers. In this book some tackled conversion therapy, religion, and politics.
Copy provided for honest review.