In this book, Calwyn, who is not even a legal adult, cheats on her boyfriend, Darrow, who she supposedly loves, with the EVIL BAD GUY OF THE BOOK, whoIn this book, Calwyn, who is not even a legal adult, cheats on her boyfriend, Darrow, who she supposedly loves, with the EVIL BAD GUY OF THE BOOK, who has KILLED HER FRIENDS and tried to kill her numerous times. The evil bad guy is a middle aged man with gray hair.
I don't know, I just didn't like this book. I mean, it was pretty well written I guess, just not my thing. I could NOT relate to Remy in the slightestI don't know, I just didn't like this book. I mean, it was pretty well written I guess, just not my thing. I could NOT relate to Remy in the slightest. She was extremely unlikable, and a compelte bitch, and, for the record, admitting you're a bitch doesn't redeem you. The way she went from guy to guy, dumping them on a schedule, treating them as numbers on a chart and not as human beings...was frankly disgusting. She supposedly has an excuse, because her mom remarried four times. Big deal. You'd have to live under a rock to think treating people like such crap is actually okay.
Don't even get me started on Remy's supposed "friends." Seriously, what the hell was up with Chloe? That girl is more like an enemy than a friend. The others were all right, but not interesting or likable at all. The ONLY likable character in the entire book was Dexter, and Remy treated him like crap on the bottom of her shoe throughout the entire book. Even when she realizes she actually really did LIKE him, she broke up with JUST so she could break up with him. I'm sorry, I know I was supposed to feel so bad for Remy, but really?? Why? She's a bitch, a slut, and totally selfish. It's not like her life was THAT bad. Big deal, she had a few stepfathers. At least she had a mother and brother.
And knowing that some relationships don't last is hardly an excuse for treating a really nice guy who loved her like he was her freaking "Ken doll."
Yes, the book was funny, and I couldn't put it down, but that was mostly because I wanted to know if Remy ever stopped being evil. I don't know, I just think Dexter was wasted on this stupid book. Maybe I'm cold, but I felt no sympathy for Remy. I just couldn't. She spends the whole book boo-hooing about how she lost her virginity to someone she did't like. Well, who the heck cares? It's not like she was raped. She CHOSE to do that. She KNEW what she was doing, and did it anyway.
Oh, and the way she was complaining about having Dexter pursue her was SO annoying. Oh, poor me, an awesome guy likes me. What did I ever do to deserve such hardships? Plus the way she saw all of his characteristics as flaws just pissed me off. Well, he clumsy and messy and doesn't tie his shoes, so he can't possibly ever be a husband. Um, how do those specific traits equate to such an extreme? What's so bad about being clumsy, anyway? I think it's freakin' adorable. I mean, when she called him a freaking shoelace to be tied, I wanted to jump into the book and throttle her. AND she never apologized for insulting him, and of course he was too nice to ask. Remy wouldn't lower herself to apologize to him. Not even after she falsely accused him at the end. No, she couldn't possibly say sorry. She'll just have to kiss him, becayse he's not worhty of an apology.
Okay, so it's obvious now that I just hate Remy.
Plus, this books was SO predictable. The second they mentioned the secretary at the beginning during the wedding, I knew what was going to happen/had been happening. It couldn't have been more obvious had she come right out and said it.
And this is just my personal opinion, but I hate authors that use charcters as nothing more than tools. Like every single one of Remy's boyfriends AND friends was a plot tool, nothing more.
That being said, I can't say I didn't LIKE the book, because I did, though it was majorly depressing (though it is supposedly uplifting?? But how??). Mostly, I just liked Dexter. I AM in the minority here, though, because apparently this is Dessen's best book. Well...I'm on my second of hers right now, and I already like it better than this one, so maybe I'm just weird.
Who knows. Maybe I'll ask Remy for some advice on how to be a heartless bitch, that way I'll be able to understand her better. :D...more
I liked this one, mostly because the characters were actually likable. Ruby, though I didn't relate to her, was likable, and I did FEEL FOR her. PlusI liked this one, mostly because the characters were actually likable. Ruby, though I didn't relate to her, was likable, and I did FEEL FOR her. Plus her sister, Cora, was surprisingly awesome, too. I wasn't sure I'd like her at first, but I did. And Jamie was just too great. Everything he did, with holidays and stuff, was hilarious. I loved the Valentine's present "waves." So cute. And even Olivia was likable and interesting, even with such a small part. As for Nate, well, he was nice and I felt bad for him, but there wasn't anything too special about him. He was more just a reflection of Ruby, used to prove a point, which was a little annoying, but not much.
The one thing I didn't like was how Dessen skimmed over conversations I wanted to hear. She did it too often. And the ending was quite rushed, but overall the book was good/satisfying. I just can't imagine reading it again. ...more
Is this book for real? Frannie is disgusting! Not only does she switch from Gabe to Luc every other minute, but she's also exremely selfish and showsIs this book for real? Frannie is disgusting! Not only does she switch from Gabe to Luc every other minute, but she's also exremely selfish and shows no compassion or love for anyone, except her grandpa and her dead brother. She claims to love Luc, yet, after this absurd declaration, she proceeds to make out/cuddle with Gabe IN FRONT OF LUC! And, of course, vice versa, throughout the ENTIRE BOOK. And then, if Luc so much as GLANCES at another girl, she flips out of her mind and threatens to murder him with her bare hands. Hypocrite? You tell me.
So, when she's not stringing both Gabe and Luc along, she's whining about how she killed her brother (gimme a break), or passing out for no apparent reason, since she's extremely weak/pathetic, or insulting one character or another, or crying (which she does LITERALLY, and I do mean LITERALLY in every single scene of the book). One of her faves is to insult Luc/Gabe, but especially Luc, simply because she's mad at herself. She's just so unpleasant and mean. She does NOT love Luc. Really. She says she does, and I think the author thinks she does, but that is not how she would act if she loved him. She would not insult him every minute of the day. She would not show him absolutely no compassion whatsoever. She would not show him no affection at ALL. She acts like he's just some random stranger. Frannie repeatedly says how she only wants Luc for his body, which pissed me off.
And, of course, everyone's all "Don't hurt Frannie" blah blah blah, yet she's the one who hurts Luc over and over and over and makes out with other people in front of him and treats him like crap on the bottom of her shoe. What. The. Heck!?
Another thing that bothered me: Luc/Gabe, but especially Luc, live only for Frannie. Luc has no life outside of her, no interests--nothing! His life revolves completely around her, whereas she has her own life and barely gives one fart about him. No, wait, she doesn't care about him at ALL! I hate books like that, where the guy has no life. He breathes only for the girl. WHY!? Honestly.
And back to Frannie. She's such an immature little buttface. Her favorite word is "whatever," which she uses constantly, and it always makes her sound so frickin' mean. Also, when Luc asks her to lock her window (since demons are out to get her) she flips and wants to rip his head off. Why!!?? Because he doesn't want her to die!!!??? Really!!!???
Side note: Luc does not act like a 4k year old demon. He acts like a teenage guy. Gabe acts like an old woman.
Errr, this book is soooo annoying! I kept wishing Frannie would just die or something. Whyyy is there always an annoying girl who makes EVERYONE love her and uses all the boys who come across her path and, of course, fall at her feet with melting love? Can't she frickin' pick one person!? It's not fair that she gets to make out with several guys, yet the guys are fully in love with her, so much so that they wouldn't dream of even looking at another person?
A summary of this book: Frannie cries. Luc falls in love with Frannie for no apparent reason, since she doesn't have a single likable quality. Frannie cries. Gabe falls in love with Frannie for no apparent reason, since she doesn't have a single likable quality. Frannie cries. Frannie makes out with Gabe, who enjoys it for no apparent reason. Frannie cries. Frannie makes out with Luc for no apparent reason. Frannie cries. A random demon attacks Frannie, and Luc, for no apparent resason, since she has no redeeming qualities, saves her worthless hide. Frannie cries. Frannie gets pissed off at Luc for no reason at all. Frannie makes out with Gabe again. Frannie cries. Luc reeaallly loves Frannie, like, reeeeaaallly, again, why!? Frannie cries. Frannie makes out with Gabe and Luc, one right after the other, then gets a little more Gabe action, followed by some more Luc, and some more Gabe. Frannie swoons like an elderly woman and cries. Frannie is attacked. Luc, unfortunately and for no apparent reason, saves her. Frannie cries. Frannie cries. Frannie feels sorry for herself, and cries some more. Luc has a revelation. Frannie cries. Oh, and then she cries. Luc is an invincible robot, since it is clearly impossible for him to be injured, but even when he is injured, he's still fine. "Oh, what's that? I have a knife in my shoulder and deep claw marks all over my chest?" *Shrugs* "No biggie." *Crumples to the floor, dead* "Umm. Oops. Guess maybe I'm not okay after all." *Comes back to life* "OH, YEAH! I forgot! I'm omnipotent! WEEE!" Then again, it wouldn't matter if he was, since Frannie would show him no sympathy. No, she'd just scream and cry and hug Gabe. Frannie cries. Frannie cries. Frannie cries. Frannie sniffles, puts on a dramatic show of tears, and gets on with her woe is me production. THEN.....DUNDUNDUN!!!!!!!! Get this: Frannie CRIES!!!!!!!! AND THEEENNN: Frannie gets drunk. And then Frannie makes Luc apologize for being angry with her because she CHEATED ON HIM. Then Frannie passes out drunk. Then Frannie does something she has never done before: SHE C.R.I.E.S.!!!...more
If you don't mind annoying, bitchy, rude, selfish, irrational, whiny, self-pitying, petty heroines who snap and snarl at everyone, then this book is fIf you don't mind annoying, bitchy, rude, selfish, irrational, whiny, self-pitying, petty heroines who snap and snarl at everyone, then this book is for you.
Rachel = person I despise. Edward = the most annoying, unlikable kid in booky existence. Gabe = very likable hero. Rachel + Gabe = bad idea! Gabe, you can do better!
I suppose I was supposed to feel sorry for Rachel because she was poor and had to take care of her kid, but I just didn't, because she was mean as heck! Especially to Gabe, who she supposedly loved. I'm not sure why she did, because, it seemed to me she didn't like him at all. I really despised that she made Gabe list the things he didn't like about his dead wife, just to make herself feel better. That was petty and unnecessary and made me hate her. Rachel spent this entire book complaining and whining about virtually everything.
I couldn't blame Gabe for not liking Edward. The kid was not likable at all! And he didn't act like a kid. I guess I was supposed to feel bad about THAT, too. Oh, boohoo he had a horrible childhood and had to grow up quickly, but...I just didn't care. He seemed fake to me. So did his "resolution" with Gabe. Why did Gabe suddenly love him? It made no sense. I also suppose I was supposed to be angry with Gabe when he gave Edward a little whap on the behind. Well, I really couldn't blame the guy! That sounds bad, and I don't think he should have done it, but honestly, it wasn't a big deal, and Gabe felt really bad about it afterward...
I don't know, I just felt like the purpose of this book was for me to sympathize with Rachel and her son, and condone the big bad Gabe, but it was pretty much the opposite for me.
With all that said, I can't deny that I enjoyed the book, even with my annoyance. The relationship between Gabe and his brothers was well written, and I thought the secondary romance with Ethan was sweet. It was good to see him finally realize the woman he loved was right in front of him the whole time, and I like when the couple has known each other for a long time before they get together. And, I must admit, Rachel is a good mother, even if I don't like her--or her son.
It was also nice to see both Rachel and Gabe forgive each other for the mistakes they'd both made. Neither of them was perfect, and they both accepted that. ...more
If you like to read about the most annoying and mean and self-centered and idiotic main character ever written, then meet Rose. She's all of those thiIf you like to read about the most annoying and mean and self-centered and idiotic main character ever written, then meet Rose. She's all of those things, and honestly, she made this book awful. She can be nice sometimes, but only when it suits her. Also, it annoyed me how we got POVs from Rose, her two younger brothers, her grandmother, and another secondary character but not from Declan. It was weird.
I guess it was unique and mildly entertaining, and the writing was prety good, but...God, I spent the whole time annoyed with Rose....more
This is a cute book with pretty good characters. What made it for me, though, was the humor, which was fantastic.
The beginning, with Susannah buyingThis is a cute book with pretty good characters. What made it for me, though, was the humor, which was fantastic.
The beginning, with Susannah buying Ian as a slave was interesting (annoying, the way she tried to lead him around on a leash, but she became nice pretty quick). I found it irritating how she wouldn't believe a word out of his mouth. In fact, I hated Susannah. I liked Ian a lot though, and wished he would have had the sense to dump her and get with someone actually worthy of him. She insulted him at nearly every turn, and was basically awful and beyond snappish, but she didn't become this way until the end--she got progressively meaner and more idiotic.
The middle of the novel, with Ian learning how to work on a farm was funny and endearing. He was so cute, trying to get eggs from the chicken coop and then running away in terror. I just wish the end wasn't so...ridiculous....more
Ugh. What is this peice of crap? It was absolutely ridiculous. It starts off with a mother selling her son. Uh-huh. And then we are supposed to sympatUgh. What is this peice of crap? It was absolutely ridiculous. It starts off with a mother selling her son. Uh-huh. And then we are supposed to sympathize with her because, oh how sweet, a bunch of years later she took in a bunch of kids without a family.
The heroine was selfish and weird. She finds an unconscious man randomly in the middle of the forest (uh-huh) then kisses him--while he is unconscious for no reason that I can see. Can you say CREEPY? Then, when he wakes up with amnesia, she tells him he's her husband. Yes, we've all seen this plotline before, but in this time it's expecially bad, because when she takes him home, her entire family, including the neighbors, treat him like he's some horrible evil criminal--going after him with an ax etc...when LAURA is the one who made him stay there.
And then there's Carlotta, Laura's sister, who is EVIL. First, she literally tries to shoot Sterling (silly name) through the heart with an arrow. When this fails, she poisons his food in an attempt to murder him. AND HE DOES NOT GET MAD AT HER! He says it's okay and that he understands and he won't tell anyone! Are you kidding me? I don't find that funny at all. I assume it was supposed to be humorous, since I hope TM isn't promoting cold-blooded murder. Carlotta should have been punished for this. Really. You can't just try to murder someone and be forgiven. It's not some childish prank. I was so glad when it was Laura who ended up eating the poisoned food by mistake. I liked watching her suffer--too bad it didn't last longer, because that succubus deserved worse.
I have no idea why the hero/heroine like each other. If I were Sterling, I would HATE Laura and her entire evil family, who all hate him and act like he's trying to ruin Laura, who has LIED to him and made up tons of random stories. And, of course, we're supposed to sympathize with her, because she's supposedly trying to "protect her family" by doing this, which I find ridiculous. Honestly, I would enjoy watching her entire family thrown out onto the streets! They're not even good people!
I've only read one other TM book, Yours Until Dawn, and it was nothing like this baloney. I don't think I'll ever read another TM again, though. It's too risky. I couldn't stand being as pissed off as I was while reading this crap ever again....more
You know, all romance novels are the same. The heroes pretty much always say, "I do not deserve you" to the heroine, and, honestly, I'd like JUST ONCEYou know, all romance novels are the same. The heroes pretty much always say, "I do not deserve you" to the heroine, and, honestly, I'd like JUST ONCE to read a book in which the heroine says that to the hero. It's as if women authors think all men are less worthy of love than women, that men as a whole are bad, and women as a whole are good. Well, news flash: not ALL men are bad. Some men are, in fact, worthy of love. Seriously, no matter what the heroine does, no matter how bad, all the secondary characters excuse her behavior and call her an angel and say the hero doesn't deserve her. Yet, if the hero makes a single, small mistake, he's an absolute beast not worthy of love who should thank God every day that a woman ACTUALLY condescended to love him and so he should therefore grovel at her feet daily.
Yes, in case you're wondering, there is a similar theme in this book, and it MADE ME SO MAD!
The first 1/3 of this book was so boring I almost fell asleep, the rest was only entertaining because it annoyed me so much I felt like beating someone up! And then the end is resolved so quickly and suddenly that I felt jypped, because I spent the whole book waiting for the end.
This whole story felt so pointless. The two mains ruined each other's lives for over a year for pretty much no reason, and all their silly drama could have been avoided. It felt contrived.
Also, it was very sad and depressing and some of the characters, at least five, seem to be suffereing from dissociative identity disorder, because their personalities changed within every chapter (i.e. Ann, Lord Weatherbee, Anais, Wallingford, Anais' dad etc.)
The sudden resolval of Garret and Lindsay's friendship was...ridiculous and out of place. All of sudden they were all lovey lovey I never meant to hurt you. Oh, no? Then what was with all the constant death threats? Really.
It also annoyed me that it took Anais the ENTIRE book to come around and actually try to HELP Lindsay, the man she supposedly loved, with his addiction.
Oh, and what REALLY ticked me off: Anais kept saying something like "I love Garret so much, only not in a physical way," and that she "loved Lindsay in a physical way." Okay, is it just me, or is that really disgusting? She's basically saying that she loves them both equally as much, only her love for Lindsay is physical. No. That's not what love is. There's a romantic type of love and a friendship type of love and then there's lust. Romantic love does NOT mean the person ONLY loves the other person more than a random friend simply because they're more physically aroused by them. Honestly, I kept wanting her to say she loved Lindsay MORE than Garret, but she wouldn't. No, she had to say she loved them both the same, and that if there was no physical attraction between them, she could easily trade one for the other. I'm sorry, but isn't love supposed to be more than that? Isn't it supposed to be about loving the actually PERSON, and NOT their body?
All Anais ever thought about was how handsome she thought Lindsay was, while he saw the person inside of her.
Did anyone ever notice how the heroes in romance are always really hot and the women are usually not? Ugh. It's getting old. Just once, I'd like to have a regular looking hero with a beautiful heroine. Anyone know of such a book, or a book in which the heroines says "I don't deserve you" to the hero? ...more
Ugh. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. Ridiculous drivel that made no sense. I mean, the guy gets shot and then acts like nothing is wronUgh. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. Ridiculous drivel that made no sense. I mean, the guy gets shot and then acts like nothing is wrong. Also, on top of getting shot, he has MALARIA, okay, MALARIA, and he is fine--not uncomfortable or anything. Also, the heroine spends 90% of the book thinking she's in love with the wrong man and telling the right man how awful he is and how much she hates him and wants him dead. Pleasant. Claire is THE most stupid character I think I've ever had the misfortune to read about. This whole thing was absurd. Someone telling Claire that Harry would DIE for Trevelyan. Um, are you kidding? He found out his brother wasn't really dead after years of thinking he was, and what is his reaction: "Oh, is that you? I thought you were dead. What's that, you have malaria? Oh, cool. Can I go back to sleep now? You're bothering me." I'm sorry, but if that's "love" I'm an idiot. I hate it when the heroine spends nearly the entire book hating and thinking these horrible things about the hero, how he's cold and evil and cruel and the worst, more uncaring man--no, as Claire put it "machine" on earth. Yes. She throws all this in his face? Why? Because he says over and over how much he loves her and needs her and that she's the only woman he's ever loved and that she's amazing. And her reaction is to laugh in his face and call him a selfish self-pitying monster. Okay. If this is romance, then I fear for the world. How this book has a 3.77 average, I have no idea, because I'm ashamed that such utter nonsense can be published. ...more
This wasn't a bad book--it just wasn't my taste. To me, it was a bit boring and a little too fluffy. It didn't evoke any emotions in me...it wasn't evThis wasn't a bad book--it just wasn't my taste. To me, it was a bit boring and a little too fluffy. It didn't evoke any emotions in me...it wasn't even funny.
Delaney was an okay heroine. Nothing special. She seemed...nice, I guess, but a little on the stupid side. Nick was the typical "bad boy," though I have to admit he was pretty sexy...though that may be just because he has just about the coolest name ever. Nick Allegrezza. It's weird, I find myself randomly saying his name from time to time.
This book isn't memorable...the only scene I can recall with any clarity is their little snowball fight, which was cute.
Nick seemed to have a sudden personality change at the end of the book, which...was annoying, if not unexpected. But, I do think Nick and Delaney had chemistry, which I've found is strangely lacking in a lot of romance novels for some reason. I could understand why they liked each other, I think, even if I didn't personally like either of them that much....more
This would have been five stars, if not for Maddie and her obsession with her religion. She started out more open minded, then became less so, which IThis would have been five stars, if not for Maddie and her obsession with her religion. She started out more open minded, then became less so, which I found strange, since she was supposedly growing more in love with Christian the farther along in the book. Sometimes she's also a little too mean for my liking...I just felt so bad for Christian, I wanted to protect him and put him in this little bubble of safety. I seriously felt his pain as if it were my own.
This is one the most UNIQUE romance novels I've ever read (if not in the world). Which I really liked. I was skeptical at first, because I thought it might be too depressing, and I have to admit, there were points I was crying and wishing I could jump into the book, but I got over it. I know Christian wasn't the most admirable of men before his stroke, but honestly, seeing him struggle with simple speech made me just LOVE him. I've never in my life wanted to give someone a big reassuring hug so much in my life, since no in the book was going to do it for me--and never did.
I loved Christian's two friends and how they were willing to do anything to protect him. That really makes a book for me. I don't like when either the hero/heroine has no real friends or family, other than his/her partner, so I was happy about this. And I loved his dogs too. I always love a guy who likes dogs.
The ending made me want to give Maddie a punch or twelve. I understand that things were different back then, and that her whole life was about her religion, but...I still couldn't help but believe that love should be more important, that the man she loved should be more important, because that's how I would feel about it. It worked out well in the end, when both of them realized (in a matter of two pages) that they love each other and that they need to treat each other better...I think the ending could have been better, but we got the epilogue, so I was satisfied....more
I can't say there was anything really special about this book or it's characters, but I liked it well enough. The setting was the type that pulls youI can't say there was anything really special about this book or it's characters, but I liked it well enough. The setting was the type that pulls you right into the pages, but not so with the characters. I liked Blue a lot (it was so cute how he always forgot to wear shoes) but Ellie was just blah and extremely selfish.
The "mystery" aspect of the story was a total surprise, which was good, though, to be honest, I didn't find the mystery itself interesting, so...it didn't wow me or anything.
The only three things that really annoyed me: 1. Ellie kept referring to Blue as a mentally insane person on a downward spiral, which, frankly, confused me...because he was pretty damn normal. He had a fear of losing people, since he lost his parents and wife, but crazy? No. Downward spiral? No. 2. Ellie not once considered Blue. She kept thinking how she didn't want to have a relationship with him because his sadness would be too much for poor, royal self. I wanted to like Ellie. I really tried to. But I just couldn't. Perhaps if she had some serious problems of her own to contend with, I would have understood, but she didn't... 3. Everyone in the town kept saying Blue "wasn't a catch" and that Ellie was way too good for him, but I never understood why. His wife died, and afterward he didn't want to have a serious relationship, so he had a few MUTUAL flings with women, and now he REALLY likes Ellie, wants to be with her, so why is he so bad?
Other than that, it was an enjoyable read......more
This felt like a surface book to me. There was no depth at all. The characters had very little development, and Anna and Cam had no chemistry at all,This felt like a surface book to me. There was no depth at all. The characters had very little development, and Anna and Cam had no chemistry at all, so I have no idea why the got together. Anna was annoying and got mad every two seconds for no reason. Anna's sob story did not ring true, and felt fake and forced, as if put there to make her seem real, when it had the opposite effect. Cam's sob story was never discussed; it just loomed in the distance for basically no reason.
I felt nothing for the characters, as they seemed like cardboard cut-outs. The reunion at the end was so rushed and random I had to roll my eyes. ...more
I don't think I've ever wanted to punch anyone in my life as much as I did Lil. She was SO arrogant and self-centered! She spent the entire book talkiI don't think I've ever wanted to punch anyone in my life as much as I did Lil. She was SO arrogant and self-centered! She spent the entire book talking about how smart she is and how everything in the world is about her and her feelings, and how her own feelings matter more than everyone else's.
Also, I found it disturbing that when Lil found the dead body of a woman, she shed not a single tear, but when she found a random dead cat that she'd never even seen before in her life, she sobbed for days.
I did like the setting with all the wild cats and the wilderness, and at times felt like I was really there, but it went on too long. There were WAY too many pointless scenes with Lil talking to her cats. It got boring after about the seventy-sixth time.
It kind of annoyed me that Cooper was such a side character, and that he took of all Lil's crap. Yes, he left her, and yes he made a mistake and should have told her, but he did it to help her, and for other reasons that, honestly, made sense, but since Lil can't seem to grasp the fact that other human beings have feelings too, she says all she wants from him is sex.
I also think the LONG scene in which the killer stalks a poor, innocent man was stupid. I didn't need to know every detail of the poor guy's life before he died. It was depressing.
The book was good at first, but grew old after it became repetitive. It could have been shortened about 100 pages at least. ...more
Two and a half stars for me. This book is awful. There is no romance in it whatsoever.
Let's talk about Chastity. She is a cardboard cut-out with no sTwo and a half stars for me. This book is awful. There is no romance in it whatsoever.
Let's talk about Chastity. She is a cardboard cut-out with no spine and no interesting qualities. I don't believe I've ever read of a character who felt more fake. She is flat and simple and stupid and pathetic. She falls under Thane's spell every time he approaches her. Then, after one night of sex with him, she suddenly loves him for no reason. All she does in this book is go around thinking, Oh, woe is me! I'm losing my virtue!
Thane. Okay. I don't understand why people find him attractive. He thinks of Chastity like an object, and just wants to have sex with her. Yes, he's Lust, but that doesn't mean he couldn't express love, which he does not. He claims to love Chastity, yet they do not converse, do not know anything about each other. They participate in foreplay and sex and nothing else throughout the whole book. How is this a romance? I do not know. He plays with her mind, her emotions, and treats her, as I said, like a an object that he can bend to his will. He claims otherwise, but does he ever prove his words? No.
Let's talk about the fact that 90% of the scenes of from Chastity's POV, 3% from Kian or Mercy, 5% from Chastity's father, and 2% from Thane's POV. Also, the only scenes from Thane's POV with the expection of maybe one scene, also have Chastity in the scene, so basically we get no real idea of what he's like. He's just...lustful...he has no real qualities, nothing interesting about him.
This books is all about sex and nothing else. There's hardly any plot, and what plot there is is squished beneath the heavy weight of lust. One sex scene goes on for a good 20 pages.
On top of that, the book is just plain boring. AND, Chastity's idiot sister Prudence thinks the Seelies are the good ones simply because they have golden hair instead of dark hair. She's a real smarty-pants, that one. Plus, Featherstone's dialogue was annoyingly repetitive in this book. Her characters would say things like "Do you not? You own this house, do you not?" Not a big deal, but kind of jarring for me.
Summary of Lust:
Thane spies on Chastity. Chastity hates Thane at first sight because he's a "man." Thane stalks Chastity, then forces her to make-out with him. Thane wipes away Chastity's memories. Thane hides his essense in a perfume bottle and uses this essense to essentially rub himself all over her when she uses the perfume. Evil baddies conspire against the Unseelie Court. Chastity's bumbling idiot of a father realizes he's a bumbling idiot. Thane tricks Chastity into meeting up with him so he can rub himself over her. Chastity resists Thane's advances--barely. Thane has dream sex with Chastity then erases her memory Thane kidnaps Chastity and has sex with her while she suddenly falls in love with him, because he's oh-so-appealing and, as an added bonus, she has no idea who he really is. Thane has invisible sex with Chastity while she's in a carriage with her sisters and the baddies. Chastity really loves this creepy, perverted stalker! He's a hottie! Chastity and Thane have sex for about 50 pages. Chastity declares her love for her stalker for no reason. Randomly, Thane decides she's too good for him and tries to throw her away. Chastity whines and protests like the pathetic worm she is. Chastity's brainless dad barges in to display his idiocy, hand-in-hand with the baddie. Chastity suddenly realizes she doesn't love Thane and decides to go live forever with the baddies. Thane kidnaps Chastity again, because he can't make up his mind. Thane shows his demonic self dundundundun!!!!!!! OH, THE HORROR!!!!!!!!! *swoons* Chastity: Egads! I am horrified. *shrugs* Oh well, whatevs. I love you for no reason, so I'll stay with you forever. Let's get jiggy, even though that's all we've been doing for the past week or so. Thane randomly realizes Chastity doesn't love him. A lightbulb goes off in Chastity's head: GOLLY, I DO LOVE HIM! I have no idea why, since I know nothing about him, but, man, he makes me hot! I want to spend the rest of my life with him. More sex. Some more sex, with lots of moans and groans and, gee, true wub!!! Chastity suddenly gains confidence for no reason and decides to become a different, yet still boring person. Thane ruins everything for everyone because he's a selfish dumbass. Fake words of love for no reason, since these characters have no chemistry. More of the same. Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. Fake love, sex. Chastity becomes a new woman because she's had wild sex with a personality-less rock.
Was the sex hot? I didn't think so. Why? Because these characters have no chemistry, feel like one-dimensional nothings, and are unlikable.