Well, quite frankly, the entirety of the main characters' motives and logic was a right mess. Giuliana zigged when she swore she was going to zag, whi...moreWell, quite frankly, the entirety of the main characters' motives and logic was a right mess. Giuliana zigged when she swore she was going to zag, which would have been fine, except there was no real (believable) reason for her to do so. Liam was barely fleshed out. If Liam had wanted so badly NOT to be like his father, he would have done the exact opposite of what he did do (and that storyline [Erin Bell] never really got tied up). I like arrogant asshole heroes in my romance, except for ones who either don't figure out where they went wrong or ones who don't acknowledge it.
The prose was good, but the logical fallacies and inexplicably inconsistent behavior of the hero and heroine were too much to overcome.(less)
**spoiler alert** 2.5/5 stars Goodreads defines 2 stars as "It was okay." This is where I must put all my caveats because it was MORE than okay; it wa...more**spoiler alert** 2.5/5 stars Goodreads defines 2 stars as "It was okay." This is where I must put all my caveats because it was MORE than okay; it was actually pretty good, but:
1. This was written by a playwright, and you can tell. If it were a screenplay, at 120 pages, it's almost *exactly* the length a full-length script needs to be.
2. The issues presented, and in the manner they were presented, would have done well on stage (natch) because the director and actors would have filled in the blank spots in the novel.
3. It suffers from being episodic and without depth, which, again, actors would have given it.
4. If I hadn't known the author was a playwright, I would have said it reads like a really super-awesome outline for a novel. I know novelists who write outlines longer than this.
5. There are way too many serious issues here to be dealt with in 118 pages. Pornography, chronic pain, exhaustion, postpartum depression, and alienation...in 118 pages. Any one of those would have taken twice the page count anywhere else, much less all of them together.
So basically all of my complaints have to do with the fact that it was too short to do the premise justice.
Spoiler: I didn't have a problem with the miracle that occurs for the disabled sister. I DID have a problem with the "miracle" that occurs for the main protagonist, which is to say, that he is cleansed. Again, any one of these issues could be its own novel, much less all of them. The "curing" of the pornography problem was simply not believable to me (the way the curing of the sister with chronic pain was) because there is no followup to see him struggle with it or if his urges miraculously disappeared. I would have also liked to see how he dealt with that if he began to date and natural sexual urges are triggered without hope of satisfaction. Sex is a human drive, pornography is sometimes an addiction, but chronic pain is undesirable and can be mitigated by various means.
Good stuff: It was well written for what it was. The author has a good running start at learning how to write a novel, which I think he should exploit. Writing a novel is an entirely different skillset from writing a script. The author writes very well, but needs to develop a novelist's mindset. I hope he does so.(less)