Parker annoyed me. At first I liked him, but then his character seemed to change and become some mean, selfish, uncaring, weirdo. He pretty much sitsParker annoyed me. At first I liked him, but then his character seemed to change and become some mean, selfish, uncaring, weirdo. He pretty much sits around like an inanimate object while Jake fondles, massages, kisses, and gets him off. It's made out that Jake is self-centered, but considering Parker has no regard whatsoever for Jake's feelings... He said mean and nasty things that literally made Jake cry and caused him to have a panic attack, and he didn't remotely care. He's oddly robotic and unappealing.
The big deal Parker made about Jake not being good enough and needing to suck up to him for a long time in order to win his trust came off as ridiculous. Jake was supposedly a "slut" yet he didn't sleep with anyone since even before he realized he loved Parker, and didn't seem real at all. I don't see where Parker got off treating him like he was a lesser being. I don't get Parker at all. He seemed so erratic, and I gotta tell you after finishing this book I still have no idea who he is. There was no depth to him and I didn't connect with him at all. It literally seemed like he was a different character in each and every scene. I got tired of reading all the different places Jake kissed Parker. Jake kissed Parker's temple, shoulder, neck, chin, stomach, head, hair, elbow, blah blah while Parker sat there like the lump he was. I mean is the guy even human or is he a blow up doll? He only ever moves when he's trying to get Jake to get him off.
And the whole thing about Parker needing Jake to prove he wanted him for more than sex? Why? PARKER was the one who showed Jake no concern or affection of kindness of any sort unless it benefited him. Jake was the one doing things for him, kissing him on the cheek, shoulder, cuddling him, doing everything he could think of to make Parker happy. What the eff did Parker do for Jake? Oh yeah. Nothing at all. Sounds fair.
I guess with the good reviews I set my expectations too high. I like equal relationships, but this one seemed like the "Jake Worships Parker and Parker Gets Rewarded for No Reason and with No Reciprocation" show. What the hell makes Parker so damn special that he doesn't have to bring anything into the relationship, that he doesn't have to do anything for Jake and Jake has to do everything for him? I just can't like someone who only thinks of himself like this.
Also, at one point Alanna goes off on Jake on how guy's brains don't work right and they suck when it comes to picking/figuring out significant others - at the time she was pregnant with the baby of a man-whore rock star who is known for sleeping with anything female and never more than once per female. ...more
One of her "misses." Malic is ridiculous and unlikable and spends more time cuddling with the supposed enemy than with his love interest, who he treatOne of her "misses." Malic is ridiculous and unlikable and spends more time cuddling with the supposed enemy than with his love interest, who he treats like crap until the last chapter. It barely feels like a romance, considering Dylan isn't even in the book that much. There is no plot. It's just a bunch of random things happening to Malic, as if I cared. I was relieved when it ended.
Dylan. Who the heck IS he, anyway? No, really. We know next to nothing about him, and he's as flat as paper. Come to think of it, Malic is pretty flat himself. He's a scary, muscle-man and that's about it. Dylan is a clingy, horny teenager. That's about it. ...more
In case you were wondering, the hero who needs punching is Zane. Come on, man, I love you but there's only so much I can take. It's been six years. PuIn case you were wondering, the hero who needs punching is Zane. Come on, man, I love you but there's only so much I can take. It's been six years. Put Becky behind you and move on. And while you're at it, when Ty says he needs your help, HELP HIM! Do NOT blow him off like that. Being drunk is not an excuse. And jump on the love train already, will ya? It's been three books. Where is the love the love the love?...more
I finished this yesterday and yet it feels like weeks since I've read it. Not sure what that means.
First of all, I'd have given this book four starsI finished this yesterday and yet it feels like weeks since I've read it. Not sure what that means.
First of all, I'd have given this book four stars if Putney knew how to write anything realistically--which she does not. Granted, it is partly my own fault, because I know from past experience that I don't generally enjoy books by her with tortured heroes, simply because the heroes aren't actually tortured. The characters in the book claim the hero is tortured, and so does the hero himself, but this is not displayed at all in the actual story. I have no problem with non-tortured heroes, but if you're going to write a TH, then at least do it right.
I am reminded of Ian from another Putney book. He spent years in dungeon which was literally a hole dug into the ground. When he was freed, he was in perfect health. Mildly underweight, but otherwise in tip top shape. We are told he is claustrophobic, but he doesn't exhibit as much. Perhaps he thinks, Damn, this darkness kinda sucks-- oh well! - It's not that I wanted him to suffer, but how am I supposed to get into his character when he feels so unreal? Same thing happened with Grey. Imprisoned in solitary confinement for TEN years. Despite this, he is in pique physical condition-- he is slightly underweight, but only by a few pounds or so, and is in stunningly perfect health. Yes, I want him healthy, but not at the cost of accuracy.
I'm supposed to believe he spent ten years in a French dungeon and can just pop out back into society totally healthy mentally and physically? Oh, sure, he claims he's insane, but is there any proof? No. Supposedly, his temper is the proof. Okay. Also, he has a mild distaste for crowds now. Whatever that means. It just felt like his character post-prison was just slapped together at random. Oh, gee, he should be scarred. Let's see...how about he wants to beat up a few people and gets a bit irritated in crowds! Perfect!
On a high note, I found Cassie a pretty likable heroine. I found it refreshing how she wasn't the typical naive virgin - not to mention the fact that she could kick major butt. Plus, she actually showed affection to her hero-- I know, you'd think romances are full of that, but really it's mostly the heroes drooling and caressing the heroines. I like some equality myself.
As for Grey, nothing new or special here. He felt like a generic hero to me. I did however enjoy the fact that he readily admitted to needing Cassie and to wanting her around. He knew what he wanted from the beginning, HER, and he wasn't afraid to tell her so. He actually asked for her to go places with him because he wanted her support. It's fairly typical for the heroes to defend the heroine's name, but it's rarer to find the alternative. Cassie, for me, is that. I loved how she wouldn't let anyone badmouth Grey, not even his own mother. She respected him and cared about him as a person, and he did the same for her. In fact, the best part about this book was that the H/h liked each other--and ADMITTED to it.
Low points include: The reunions. Grey and Kirkland...meh. It was okay. Grey and his family...below average. I just didn't feel the emotion at all. It felt distant. Not to mention that his brother immediately did the whole (view spoiler)[ boohoohoo my bro's back from the dead, now I can't be the heir! (hide spoiler)] thing, which is just dumb. I'm getting bored of the "crappy family members care more about titles than loved ones" scenario. Especially in this case, since (view spoiler)[ his brother didn't even want the title! He wanted to be an actor! And of course immediately after Grey says he'll support Peter in his acting career, Petey Boy is all glad Big Bro is alive again. Whatta guy. (hide spoiler)] Also, the male friendships here should be a major point, but they came off as weak. For a guy who spent years trying to find his friend, Kirkland's reaction to his return was ho-hum. I get that they're men, but come on. ...more
Is it fair to give this book 4 stars solely based on the fact that I know Rex doesn't get his HEA in this trilogy even though Novak blatantly set himIs it fair to give this book 4 stars solely based on the fact that I know Rex doesn't get his HEA in this trilogy even though Novak blatantly set him up for one? You don't freaking introduce a character like him and then just toss him out. ...more
The author couldn't possibly make it more clear what she thinks of her hero. She puts her own thoughts into the heads of all the characters, includingThe author couldn't possibly make it more clear what she thinks of her hero. She puts her own thoughts into the heads of all the characters, including the hero himself. There was one scene with the guy's boss. During the scene, which is from Bossy Boy's POV, Bossy Boy has to throw in a mental insult about the hero...in EVERY SINGLE THOUGHT that crosses his mind! And all I could think was, Wow, Christy Reece, you hate your hero that much? Because it's so painfully obvious the author is simply trying to let the readers know she does NOT like the hero, by having her characters dwell on it for her.
Now let's talk about Skylar, our "heroine." Guess what? In every single scene she's in, she's either A. crying, B. fainting, C. falling asleep from "exhaustion" (even though all she does is sleep), or D. all of the above. It felt as if the same scene was being written over and over again. There were literally TWO plane scenes during which Skylar burst into tears (over the tiniest hint of a criticism) and had to be comforted. Over and over I have to hear about poor Skylar this, poor Skylar that: she's so exhautsed, she's collapsing, she's an emotional wreck, she's doing all of these things at once. She always has eyes "fuzzy with exhaustion" or is "trembling" or "about to collapse" or tears are "forming in her eyes." I'm sorry, but to me she comes off as completely weak. She cries over absolutely everything. I mean, if I cried every time someone I like insulted me, I'd being crying pretty much 20/24 hours a day. Which she is. Only more often.
On top of that, the author makes it clear that Skylar's feelings are the only ones that matter. She's always hurting MORE than Gabe. She's always been more BETRAYED than Gabe. After her psychotic father tricked them into splitting up, it didn't matter at all that Gabe was hurt. All that mattered was Skylar was hurt, because, OMG, she suffered SO much more! Well, in my opinion just because someone is a weakling and can't handle pain without falling to pieces doesn't mean she suffered more...it means she can't take it. Am I saying she shouldn't have felt pain? No. But the fact that Reece goes on and on about how Sky's feelings are more important made me so freaking angry.
On top of that, she's a major hypocrite. She believed Gabe would kill himself after marrying her, and yet she doesn't want to forgive him for believing she'd want to break it off with him? Why is SHE allowed to be stupid, but not him? Answer: She's a woman. Answer: Christy Reece likes her better. Answer: A lot of women like that kinda thing in romances.
I don't understand why an author would make a heroine cry THIS MUCH. Am I supposed to feel sorry for her? Relate to her? Well, I don't. Her pain isn't so freaking much more than everyone else's. I've been through just as much as she has, but do I cry every minute of every day? No. Why? Because I actually have a backbone.
The entire plot of this book is Gabe or someone else comforting Sky. Not my kinda thing.
Plus, I don't think Reece understands what a PHOBIA actually means. It doesn't just turn off conveniently when the person wants it to. It doesn't just go away just because the situation doesn't call for it. Gabe is supposedly claustrophobic. However, he was completely fine in the tiny bathroom of a plane. Why? Because that scene was not about him, but about comforting Sky. And yet he doesn't even like to be in a hotel room for more than one hour at a time? And yet he fears elevators? But of course, when he goes on them he's completely fine, because we wouldn't want the man to be seen as weak. That's the woman's job, after all.
If you have severe claustrophobia, you have it. You can't just turn it off whenever you feel like it. If Reece wanted it to go away at his will, she either shouldn't have given it to him, or made it so he just didn't like small spaces but could handle them. But then again, books don't have to make sense, right? They're just books.
Okay, let's talk about Skylar and her dad. It was all her dad's fault. Sky and Gabe fell in love, got married. Then her dad pulled his evil machinations and lies, splitting them up. What does Sky do? She forgives her pops...and still blames Gabe. As does the author. As does probably everyone that's read this book. I can't get behind that. After they split, he TRIED to get near her, but does that matter to her? No? Why? Because women are always right and men are always wrong. I mean, can't a woman write a romance without pulling this crap?
(view spoiler)[Psycho dad offers Gabe money to ditch Sky. He refuses. Psycho dad leaves, then has Sky's cousin, who apparently can mimic voices, call Gabe to say she never loved him and it was just a game and that no one could ever love him. Gabe had confided his painful past to Sky, and the cousin threw it back in his face, and Gabe, thinking it was her, was undertandably hurt. However, obviously it's not okay for a man to be hurt. He should know better than to think Sky would say this. BUT Sky doesn't have to know better than to think Gabe would kill himself. Why? You tell me. Her dumb dad convinced her Gabe had killed himself because he left some suicide note. Of course, after this is revealed, she still blames Gabe...and not her father. Sure, this reveals their relationship wasn't the best--on BOTH counts--but they only knew each other for a very, very, very short time! Not to mention the fact that she thought he was dead, and yet ignored it. She assumed no one would have a funeral for him, and yet she decided not to have one? Or she assumed they would and just didn't care to attend, even though she was his wife? But that's okay? Why, of course it's okay! Why? Because she was sad! Don't you know that? Poor, poor Sky was too sad to do anything boohoo. It's LIFE, woman. It sucks. You have to live it anyway. (hide spoiler)]
Not to mention the fact that Skylar lied to him about her identity from day 1...and never told him the truth. But, y'know, that's okay, too, because she's a woman. And it's okay if women do stuff like that. It's only bad if the man does it.
Also, I don't like woman who hit men any more than I like men who hit woman...and being insulted is not an excuse. If I hit a guy every time he'd insulted me, well...I'd have hit at least fifty guys. ...more