I liked this one, but frankly I wasn't wowed by it like I had hoped. It wasn't bad, there's nothing about it that I can point to and say "Ugh, this isI liked this one, but frankly I wasn't wowed by it like I had hoped. It wasn't bad, there's nothing about it that I can point to and say "Ugh, this is why I'm only giving it 3 stars". It simply ended up being one of those books where I wasn't fully engaged in the story and in the end sat back and thought "Well, I liked it okay."
The pacing felt off to me, and the story seemed to drag quite often. More than 1/2 the book is set when they first met (she still in college, he had just graduated), with considerably less time spent with them reuniting and making it work a second time around, nearly 8 years later. While I enjoyed seeing their relationship growing the first time around, I didn't fully connect to the quickie jump to "Hey, let's try this again -- forever" and would have liked more time and story in the present day.
The sex though -- I have no complaints there. There's a scene (present day) on the train and that was hella hot.
One small annoyance of note: how many times in one book can the heroine's eyes be referred to as "almond shaped green eyes", and also that a certain hairstyle drew attention to said "almond shaped green eyes"? The answer: more than once is too much. A minor thing, sure, but repetition like that should be caught in editing.
This was my first Kery book and while it may not have blown me away, I did like it and will try another from her....more
While so many have been raving about this when ARCs went out -- readers and authors both -- I wasn't quite as wowed. I liked it, but that's about it.
TWhile so many have been raving about this when ARCs went out -- readers and authors both -- I wasn't quite as wowed. I liked it, but that's about it.
Things didn't pick up until well past the 40% mark for me. And to be honest, without giving much away, the beginning set up for the story never fit, things were never explained, nothing seemed to have been tied up in the end, and the beginning felt like a vastly different story from what the rest of the book was supposed to be.
I didn't always connect with the writing here, even though I've read others from Weatherspoon and liked it. At times the dialogue came across as awkward and disjointed, for example.
Also, there was a lot that still needed to be edited in this ARC. And yes, I know, it's an ARC, and the editing has nothing to do with the final book and its grade, but I'm pointing it out anyway because the errors were heavier than most ARCs I read, and it was enough to keep pulling me out of the book.
I will say, when the sex popped up, it was quite hot, and I have no complaints there. There's BDSM, though only really one full-on scene and it's probably medium-level intensity on the kink (rather than hard-core BDSM porn scenes or whatever you might imagine). Definitely hot, and I'd say that if BDSM isn't your normal thing, you probably wouldn't be put off by it here.
There were definitely moments that I enjoyed, one or two times when I snort/laughed at a line or scene, but ultimately this one just fell a bit flat for me, ending up between "meh" and "average". I think a bit more editing -- not just for errors, but actually for development and story -- could have improved things a lot. Still, I'm not mad at having read it, and I must admit, I'd climb Shep in an instant. :)...more