What I Think about Slammed into You by C.M. Valencourt

Slammed into You - Coffee & Cardigans, Book 1 by C.M. Valencourt

Slammed into You Coffee & Cardigans, Book 1*

*Note: This book can be read as a standalone

Themes & Genres: Contemporary MM Romance, slam poetry

WARNING: Mature Content

Blurb:

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…

What I think of the book:

Slammed into You is one of those books that I find hard to review.

Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have accepted an ARC as I just can’t review poetry, but I thought there will be more of the relationship between the poets and less of their poems.

And here’s where I find myself split.

I don’t think I can review the book without talking about the poems, but I don’t have much to say about them, other than that most didn’t connect with me, apart from the last one. I feel like I’m letting you down because I don’t know what else to tell you about them.

On the other hand, I’m glad that there were poems in the book.

Confused?

Okay, I’ll explain.

While the poems themselves aren’t what I’d remember – again, save for the last one – I enjoyed reading about the creative process which resulted in the poems. I think that every artist goes through similar struggles and random moments of inspiration as Amir and Landon did, which makes them relatable to readers who are also artists, even if they’d prefer to paint a canvas over working on a piece for a slam.

Poetry aside, there was one other reason why I’m struggling with writing this review. Well, not so much the review itself, but with what rating to give the book.

I didn’t enjoy the beginning.

Amir comes off as paranoid, Landon as preachy and the first couple of chapters read as if the author had some social agenda they wanted to push on us.

When an author feels strongly about a topic, it’s natural that they’d express their own opinions through their characters. Sometimes that is a seamless process, the subject matter successfully merged with the plot. At other times: not so much. Slammed into You falls somewhere in the middle. In the beginning, the characters were coming on so strong, I thought they were trying to convince me to think exactly like them.

But then we have the later chapters and they read so much better.

The characters seem more like real people, their interactions seem more natural and I found myself smiling at Amir and Landon when there wasn’t drama around them.

The last poem, which is about religion and sexuality, doesn’t seem like it’s put there to shout at us “This is the politically correct way of thinking”, but as something that comes from the heart of the characters.

Do you see now why it’s so difficult for me to rate this book?

Who would I recommend this book to? I guess I’d recommend Slammed into You to artists, be they writers, painters, musicians or something else.

My rating: Coffee & Cardigans by C.M. Valencourt - Coffee Bean RatingCoffee & Cardigans by C.M. Valencourt - Coffee Bean RatingCoffee & Cardigans by C.M. Valencourt - Coffee Bean RatingCoffee & Cardigans by C.M. Valencourt - Coffee Bean Rating - Half (3.5/5* coffee beans)

*I was hesitating between 3.5 (I liked it, but…) and 4 (I liked it). In the end, I went for the lower rating due to the first chapters.

Would I re-read this book? I might.

Am I interested in other books by this author? Maybe, if they don’t include poetry (slam or otherwise). At the end of Slammed into You, there’s a little bit about the second book in the series. It’s about Amir’s friend – Cole, and it seems more up my alley than this one.

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