I don't get it. Lottie and Zan have absolutely ZERO chemistry. If someone who hates Zan as much as Lottie does is going to start dating/fall in "love"...moreI don't get it. Lottie and Zan have absolutely ZERO chemistry. If someone who hates Zan as much as Lottie does is going to start dating/fall in "love" with him, then they better have some serious chemistry. To me, though, their interactions were totally flat. I couldn't see why either would ever be interested in the other. Why on earth did Lottie fall for him? Zan, to me, was a pushover. A totally uninteresting and totally whipped pushover. He let Lottie treat him like garbage. I don't care what her "reasons" were for treating him that way--if these people are going to be in a relationship, neither can treat the other like crap.
At one point Zan actually says to Lottie that she is "in charge." Ugh, that's just really gross. I guess 'cause I'm female I'm supposed to swoon, thinking how UHMAZING it would be to have a guy wrapped around my finger, but really it just made me sick. Come to think of it, who WAS Zan, anyway? Despite Cameron listing various interests he had, he felt like a non-person. Lottie wasn't much of anything either. To me, she was simply a pissed off girl obsessed with the past.
And Zan's constant "pretty girls" and "beautiful girls" were just waaaay too much for me. And what's up with all these poetry-quoting guys? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for deep, emotional guys, but the poetry quoting, especially while high/plastered etc., comes across as ridiculous.
Then there was the whole "Brothers of Doom" stuff. No. Having every character in the book threaten to murder/maim/torture the hero, as well as warn the heroine away from him and blather on about how he's evil blah blah blah...like I said, no. First off, it's just unrealistic. That's not how life works. Pretty sure when I was in college, the guy who treated me like crap was loved by the entire campus, including my best friend. This dude pretended to want to date me, then laughed in my face later on, saying it was all a big joke and why would he date me? But did ANYONE AT ALL chase after him, name-call him, threaten to hide his body? Nope. But my "best friend" did become bffs with him and post pictures of them together all over Facebook.
I mean, REALLY, the part in which Trish freaks out because Zan, GASP, becomes friends with her brother!!!!!!!!! God forbid the guy have a single friend!
Point is, it's just unrealistic and weird. And about Lottie calling Zan "Alex" so she could pretend she was dating someone else? Does no one else see how wrong this is? We talk about red flags in relationships when it comes to abusive guys, but I guess it's fine as long as it's the girl who is abusive. Speaking of Lottie, can the girl ever shut her mouth, or does every breathing person need to know all her business. Woman, you don't have to tell everyone you meet about your sad past. It's pathetic.
I just don't believe that Lottie would ever date, let alone fall in love with Zan. Nor do I believe that every character would be calling Lottie "Lot." I've gone my whole life without anyone ever giving me a nickname--and there are certainly no nicknames for my nicknames.
When they have sex for the first time, Zan's all "this is your show, pretty girl." Really? REALLY? I'm unconvinced. And then they start talking in poetry blah blah blah. Maybe I just can't do romance anymore, because it all seems so sickly and over-the-top. Reading about Zan doing...that...to Lottie. Was it supposed to be hot? Maybe I'm an ice-queen, but I'll pass on sex scenes between these two non-humans.
Also, enough about Katie. I frankly don't care. This girl is an absolute imbecile, and I'm sorry but I fail to feel sympathy for you. No matter what bad thing Cameron decides to have befall you, I'm still not gonna care. You remind me of my former best friend, and have her name, too. And her obsession with pink.
I thought Will and Lottie's relationship was sweet at first, but then it became too much. And Will, nope, just didn't do it for me. In fact, I didn't like a single character in this book save Stryker, who ends up with, um, that...particular girl...name starts with a K. How nice for him. I hope he enjoys his life as Katie's whipping boy.
Honestly, how many times do I have to read about this or that person "ripping out" some guy's "spine" in defense of some girl. I get that it is impossible to write a romance novel in which at least two people do not threaten to murder/maim the hero, but in this one we've got not only the hero being maimed and murdered for no reason, but also his friend and various other side characters. It's just too much. I'm not touched by it. I'm creeped out by it. If my friend threatened to rip out some guy's spine just because he was baking cookies with me, I think I'd be like, "Friend - you crazy?" and then never speak to her again. 'Cause really. Who acts like this?
Really wish I hadn't spent money on this book. I made the mistake of thinking I could like books once more after reading Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters. (less)
The hypocrisy in this book is absolutely immeasurable. Emma dates guys based on how hot she thinks they are, or how good their hair looks. She does no...moreThe hypocrisy in this book is absolutely immeasurable. Emma dates guys based on how hot she thinks they are, or how good their hair looks. She does not care a single ounce, nor even LIKE the guys she dates. She simply dates them so she can have a boyfriend and doesn't once consider their feelings. Does her bff Kellen condone her for this? No. Does Kellen even acknowledge this? No. And yet when Josh agrees to ONE date with Sydney, Kellen is all on his butt telling him he's a jerk for accepting when he doesn't even know if he likes her and that no girl deserves to be hurt like that.
In Kellen's world:
1. It's okay for girls to use guys. 2. It's not okay for guys to use girls. 3. You're already supposed to be in love w/ someone before your first real date. 4. A guy should wait around and date no one while the girl he likes dates the whole world without a thought to his feelings.
Emma goes off to frolic with Cody. Does Kellen get angry at her for this? No. She just worries about her. But Josh is not allowed to date people, even though Emma has already rejected him. What the heck?
Emma kisses Josh in order to change her future. She does this KNOWING that Josh has a crush on her, and does not care that she's playing with his feelings. Does she apologize for this? No. Guess what? JOSH apologizes to her for calling her on her bullsh*t, and it's made out like HE was the bad-guy in the situation. How this was co-written by a man I'll never know. I'm hoping he had no say in the lady's half of the story because otherwise he's down on his own gender, which is just sad.
Emma is just so freaking annoying. She shows no development. The book and authors seem to think her behavior is okay. I was praying for Josh to move on from her. But no. She actually decides to break up with her boyfriend because he got a hair-cut, and she thinks to herself that the only reason she dated him was because he had nice hair. She's shallow and utterly unlikable, but she gets away with it because of her gender.
But really, what does it matter? The characters are all so fake and flat, it's difficult to care. Josh is utterly static, even moreso than Emma. Emma ALMOST learns something, but Josh is just...nothing. Emma realizes that she has POSSIBLY made mistakes--but not of course toward Josh, whose feelings she never ONCE considers throughout this whole novel because she was too busy dwelling on herself and throwing self-pity parties like a pathetic little whiny loser with no life. Josh learns nothing, develops not at all, and is just there to aid Emma in her supposed learning quest that never actually occurs. (less)
The moral of this book? It is the kid's fault when his parent turns into a raving alcoholic who tries to get said kid arrested. Kid should be ashamed...moreThe moral of this book? It is the kid's fault when his parent turns into a raving alcoholic who tries to get said kid arrested. Kid should be ashamed of himself for being born.(less)
1. Sara is a recipient of oral sex on about ten different occasions, and yet Alex gets no pleasure whatsoever until the end of the book. She half-hear...more1. Sara is a recipient of oral sex on about ten different occasions, and yet Alex gets no pleasure whatsoever until the end of the book. She half-heartedly asks him about it, but it goes no further. Why? Not only is this unrealistic, but it's pointless. Is it meant to prove he's a martyr? Because he isn't. He's so selfish.
2. When Alex offers to cure her brother, she tells him not to because she thinks it means all the time SHE spent trying to find a cure would have been useless. Um, can you say selfish??? Ugh. No, I don't want you to save my bro because that would mean I'd have wasted my time. Um, come on. It's ridiculous. This is supposed to be a heroine we like?
3. Alex basically tells Sara: either I drink from this vamp chick or I die. And Sara tells him to choose death, because she can't stand the thought of him being with someone else - even though all he'd be doing was drinking from the woman's wrist. AND THEN Sara goes and kisses someone else...just because it's a woman, doesn't make it okay, especially since the woman she kissed is attracted to her, which - by the way - is stupid. I'm going to be angry if Dillon gets a book for herself with another woman, because that type of thing is not allowed when it's two men. Whenever a gay man gets a book, he suddenly turns straight, so either Dillon will turn straight, or I'll be pissed off.
4.Alex is a jerk. To everyone. He's so mean to Evans. He treats everyone like crap, even his brothers, and is extremely violent and unappealing. He's too possessive. He gives Sara's boss food poisoning just because the guy interacted with Sara. That's so pathetic. He's so selfish that he doesn't even want Sara to spend ANY time with her brother. He wants to control her life.
5. Sara is a pathetic weakling who does nothing to defend herself, only sits there crying while a baddie attempts to rape her. She's very selfish and when it comes to her patients, she picks favorites. Once she is going through her patient files, literally thinking things like, Yeah, yeah, whatever. Oh, okay, whatevs. Deal with that later. Blah blah blah. Who cares? And then when she gets to Pearl's file, she's all: "OH MY GOD I MUST SAVE HER!" Is that a likable heroine? And the thing is, I'd heard so many good things about Sara...they were all false. At one point, she tells Alex to be careful - not because she actually cares, but because she knows another woman would have to heal him if he did. She actually says this to him. Uh-huh.
6. The Pearl subplot? Who the heck actually cares? I mean, really. I couldn't possibly have cared any less about that weirdo.
7. At one point, Alex threatens to rip out her boss's heart if the guy ever looks at her again...and Sara gets turned on by this. I find that extremely strange.
8. I don't like this book. I don't like its characters or its plot. (less)
Here is Wynter (her name is so perfect; suits her):
Wynter is terrible in this book. Really. Her initial shame of Christopher made me sick. She also ha...moreHere is Wynter (her name is so perfect; suits her):
Wynter is terrible in this book. Really. Her initial shame of Christopher made me sick. She also has many thoughts about how she wishes Christopher was suffering. Who the hell would want that? What's wrong with her? God, she so does not deserve him. At one point Chris is falling asleep with a cup of scorching tea in his hand, and she laughs to herself, hoping he'll drop it on his lap and burn himself. If it was cold, MAYBE that would be funny, but otherwise, no. She's like a little She Demon.
Okay, so. I didn't like this book. The only reason it gets as high a rating as this is for Christopher, my dear, darling, wonderful Christopher. It started off okay, then became very boring. Alberon is an asshole and remains that way until the end, so I wasn't interested in his character. Razi is selfish and jerkish in this one, too. He turns Christopher's vengeance into something about benefitting himself and the kingdom, rather than having it be FOR Christopher, which may sound okay, but since Razi always puts the kingdom ahead of his friends/relatives, even though he's not even a prince or a king, this is just more of the same. It would be nice if he actually did something FOR his friend and his friend alone.
Wynter is worse than Razi. She cares waaaaay more about strangers she's never met than her own boyfriend or brother.
There were many more unneccessary deaths and a ridiculous bout of amnesia that was just a plot device to bring Wynter to center stage, which didn't even work well, since Wynter has gone downhill in this book.
The characters seemed to grow stupid in this book as well. Chris was hardly in it, which was a mistake in my opinion, since most of the characters are unlikable, and when he WAS in it, he wasn't even acting like himself.
Then there's the end. What was up with that? It goes on and on and then just ends. I swear, Wynter was running toward someone for a good three-hundred pages, even though the person was RIGHT THERE. And THEN, the man who claims to be Chris' father chooses to rescue a DEAD BODY instead of Chris. What the heck? Chris is lying there bleeding to death, and the guy ignores him to pick up a dead body and run away with it? Um, no. That's not how things are done. Grieve later, unless you want to be grieving for two people instead of one. Idiot.
And the epilogue? Yeah, it needed to be there, but from the POV of someone we'd never met before? Why? Stupid. Which makes sense, since all the characters were idiots. Jonathon was basically a gorilla/baboon, except not as smart. Alberon was so dumb his head was almost deflating, since his brain was absent. He was either being dumb or strutting like a peacock.
When reading this, I was either bored or pissed off at either Wynter, Alberon, or Razi. I did not enjoy it. There was ONE funny line in the whole book, since Kiernan decided to take away Chris' sense of humor so she could concentrate on Alberon's meanness and arrogance.
It really annoyed me how Razi wouldn't correct people when they called Christopher his 'property.' It's so absurd, because Chris is a better man than anyone in this whole book, and yet he's treated like crap and people think he's not good enough for Wynter, just because her father, who was a carpenter was given a courtesy title by the king. So the heck what? Yes. I get that titles were sooo important, but it sickened me how even Wynter felt this way. As if SHE deserved better? Good joke, Wyn. The lengths to which you do not deserve Chris are so immense they could make a planet.
Also, at one point in the story, a HEALER tells Wynter it would be a good idea to kick Chris in the head next time he lost his temper. Even Wynter was like, Huh? So the lady justifies herself by saying, "Men are men." Um. Yeah. She's a genius, this one. Men are men! Really!?!?!? Wow! I never would have guessed! Men are men, so women should kick them in the head! That makes perfect sense! ...Ohman.
I don't think it's a smart idea to make your narrator the least likable of the main characters.(less)
**spoiler alert** Can someone explain to me why Enzo would tell Martinelli that he LOVES HIM after Martinelli kidnapped his younger brother (the broth...more**spoiler alert** Can someone explain to me why Enzo would tell Martinelli that he LOVES HIM after Martinelli kidnapped his younger brother (the brother he is waaaaaaaay over-protective of!) and kept him as a SEX SLAVE for SEVERAL YEARS and BEAT HIM and BROKE HIS BONES and essentially turned him into a VEGETABLE? I'm sorry, but no. That would not have happened.(less)
Apparently, women are horses who are constantly "tossing their heads" and "flaring their nostrils." Apparently, chemistry, conversation, or any intera...moreApparently, women are horses who are constantly "tossing their heads" and "flaring their nostrils." Apparently, chemistry, conversation, or any interaction at all, is not necessary to build a relationship. Apparently, when people die, no one cares. Apparently, people become mean, uncaring bastards ready to commit murder under the mildest of strains.(less)
Okay, I'd like to start off this review by saying that if Lily were alive in this day and age, this would be her fave T-shirt:
She invades this book wi...moreOkay, I'd like to start off this review by saying that if Lily were alive in this day and age, this would be her fave T-shirt:
She invades this book with her sexist bitchiness, always blabbing on about how men are "useless creatures" and "easy to manage" etc... It's a wonder she actually decided to marry a man, what with the way she loathes them.
Moving on from Lily.
So, Derek. He is my man. I love his guts. Seriously. Lily claimed he was a heartless, uncaring man, when, obviously, he was not. Lily's problem is that she thinks she's God and prances about trying to control everyone's lives while giggling about how men are like pets blah blah blah. Wow, I thought I was talking about Derek! So. What I like about him is that he actually acts like a man, and not just a woman's version of a man. He's imperfect, and I love him all the more for it. On top of that, he's not afraid to nigh-on strangle a woman to death just because she's a woman. I mean, come one, the lady was a psychotic, murderous bitch and he deserved to defend himself! And underneath all that sexy swagger, he was adorably vulnerable.
About Sara. I like her. Truly I do. HOWEVER, I'd like to point out that she is an enormous hypocrite. She goes off for weeks and makes out with a near-stranger, despite being in a relationship with another man. I consider this cheating, whether they were married or not. Then she goes back to her home town and gets pissy with her man because he's the typical pompous a-hole that all the potential-but-not-meant-to-be-husbands are in romance novels. Then she agrees to marry him, despite the fact that she is in love with someone else and had cheated on him numerous times. Now, would Sara have been mad if she found out Perry had been trading spit with another woman? Um, yes. But, you know, it's okay for her to cheat, because she's a woman, and women are exempt from all blame, as they are all innocent angels, and because her potential-but-not-meant-to-husband is a bit pompous and rude.
This is how I picture Sara:
Now, don't get me wrong. I found Sara to be a likable heroine, because she's kind, accepting, understanding, and sweet. Unlike Lily, she seems to like men, and she's actually nice to Derek, whereas Lily wants to keep her husband, Alex, as a pet. Poor Alex, having to be in love with that witch. Plus, Sara shot a man to save Derek's life, which is badass, for a country girl!
An aspect of this book that I really liked was that, for once, it was the hero who had the stalker! NOT THE HEROINE!!!! This was me when I found this out:
I'd just like to complain about the fact that I once read for an entire hour without the hero showing up, and, frankly, I grew bored of Sara, since she is boring. I do like her, but...I'm generally more interested in the man, and this was very much Sara's story, despite the fact that Derek was the interesting character. However, Lisa Kleypas is fond of her heroines, so...I was forced to muddle through.
Derek's "rejection" of Sara got old after a time, because the whole "I'm not good enough for my heroine" is beyond old. Also, it took waaay too long for Sara and Derek to get together--and I don't mean sex. I just mean...they never really had a relationship. However, once they did get together, it was beautiful to watch. Oh, and Sara actually had nice, likable parents! It's a miracle!!! I was so glad that they FINALLY gave into their love for each other, and I was actually treated to a couple hours of lovely love! Yes, it took too long, but at least when it came, it didn't vanish.
Also, two scenes in this book were taken up by various people attempting to rape Sara. Both times, Derek beats the culprits to a pulp. This is what happened when SpongeBob and Patrick glanced at Sara the wrong way:
Poor lads! But that's what you get for coming in between Derek and his wummun.
Kleypas has lots of different insulting names for men, my favorite being "bucks," since she gets her giggles off degrading men. There were quite a number of bucks attending the balls, and I must say, I'm shocked! How could they allow bucks into the ballroom? Haven't they heard of Lyme Disease? Guess not.
^ See that fella up there? He and his buds tried to steal Sara from Derek, but he wasn't having any of that. Poor guys became a hat-hanger.
Tears, people. Tears.
But for real, I didn't hate this book. It was just a bit slow and boring and not up to par with, well, anything. I was a big fan of the ending, when Derek finally admitted his love for Sara. It was actually really beautiful, and I thoroughly, completely believed him. As an added bouns, we got to see him interacting with his baby girl in the epilogue, which was adorable, because he proved Sara wrong (she'd thought he'd be sort of an aloof father). Also, Kleypas has a thing for heroines named "Lily." She loves them, I hate them. They're always ee--vi--all bee--atch--ezz. (less)
I'm not going to bother to write a real review for this one. Suffice it to say that I didn't like and found it extremely boring. I really wanted to li...moreI'm not going to bother to write a real review for this one. Suffice it to say that I didn't like and found it extremely boring. I really wanted to like it, but...it fell flat for me. I like a few of the characters, mainly Gideon, but Showalters writing style just kills these books. She cuts off every scene the second it starts to get interesting and it's getting beyond old. Plus, if I have to hear about "ropes of muscle" one more time, I'll explode. Ever heard of a freaking thesaurus, Gena Showalter? Apparently not. Also, it seems to me the characters only care about each other when it's convenient for them, and for lords that supposedly love each other...I don't know, I just don't feel anything when reading these books. Even when Gideon, my favorite character, was tortured...I oddly wasn't upset. I was just like, Oh, okay. That's gross.
I liked Sabin at firt, then grew bored with him. Paris annoys me to no end, and I have no idea why everyone loves him so much. I kinda like Amun and maybe Strider. Torin...maybe. Anya is still the best part about this series. Gwen...she was all right. I didn't like her for the most part, and her doubts got old, because they were her OWN doubts, not ones caused by Sabin's demon. And then there was the whole thing with Galen...which made me really annoyed with Gwen. Both she and Sabin are mega hyprocritical.
DON'T get me started on Gwen's sisters! God, were they annoying! I wanted to knock them out throughout the book with the way they tried to control every aspect of Gwen's life and also they were pretty much evil and I just hated them. That is all.
I will read the next books...but not right away. I don't think I can take more of these without starting to hate books.(less)
Hoyt is turning into a Lisa Kleypas. That is not a good thing. Her books, like Kleypas' are starting to use the same plot-devices over and over and it...moreHoyt is turning into a Lisa Kleypas. That is not a good thing. Her books, like Kleypas' are starting to use the same plot-devices over and over and it's just annoying.
1. The deaths. Hoyt likes to throw in the unnecessary deaths of likable characters. In every book. This one included. And this death in particular was gruesome and flat-out awful. I just don't like this sort of thing in my romances. In thrillers/mysteries, fine.
2. Betrayals. In every book, there is some person betraying the hero and this person isn't revealed until toward the end - though it's always painfully obvious who they are. I've never been a fan of the nice character turned traitor ploy, especially when it's overused.
3. The hero must give up his career for the heroine. The act itself is okay, but the fact that it happened two books in a row annoys me. The previous book in this series, the same thing happened. Hero gave Griffy an ultimatum to give up his career for her. He did. Silence gives Mickey an ultimatum to give up his "career" for her. He does. It's the same thing twice in a row, and boring.
4. The kidnapped heroine. Enough said.
Random things that bothered me:
1. Mick has become a softie from scene number 3 in this book. He is putty in Silence's hands. It felt fake. Others seem to disagree, but I'm not sure what books they were reading! I mean, Silence slaps Mickey twice, and he just smiles kindly and calls her "sweet one" and hugs her and comforts her. Really? That is not what I would expect from Charming Mickey. I was really looking forward to this because I thought it would be about Mickey. It wasn't. It was about Michael. Which brings me to number two.
2. Silence thinks of Mickey as two different people: Charming Mickey and Michael. They are the same person. She only loves one of them.
3. Silence herself. She's just so boring and plain and uninteresting. Nothing about her intrigued me. It's not that I disliked her, because I didn't, but I felt nothing for her.
4. Bran. That's all I have to say.
5. I just didn't feel like Silence loved Mick. She said she did and all that but it didn't touch me. Even when she was saying "I love him" I didn't really believe her.
6. William. I was bored of hearing his name. I was bored of Silence talking about how lovely and perfect he was. I've never been a fan of the widow(er) plot device because I feel it takes away from the romance.
7. Temperance is all, "You'll get over him in no time." And Silence isn't sure that this isn't true. This is toward the end of the book. And then Temperance comes in again to attempt to boss Silence around. I have a pet peeve against side characters who nose their way into the hero and heroine's business and try to keep them apart.
8. Temperance and Silence commiserating on how they don't like their men but they love them. To me that doesn't sound like a good relationship. You ARE supposed to like the person. They of course can do things that annoy you, but that shouldn't mean you actually dislike them. It's as if they're old married couples or something.
9. The Wynter subplot bored me to absolute tears.
10. Every character from previous novels made an appearance...except my Griffy-poo!
11. Silence's whole family getting together to try to prevent her from going to see Mickey when he was in prison. Gimme a break.
12. The Ghost of St. Giles. Really? I didn't think it could be that obvious, but apparently it really is.
13. Mickey pouring his heart out to Silence in a gushy, flowery rush of love and devotion. I rolled my eyes. It's like I was suddenly reading BDB or something.
14. "Don't make the mistake of thinking I'm doing this for you. Go save Silence." I'm sorry, but I just don't think that's necessary. We already know the Ghost hates Mickey. It doesn't make him some big macho man to prove that he's a rude, uppity, self-righteous a** hole. (view spoiler)[Wynter. I don't like him, and I don't like dour, stick-up-his pompous butts, I'm-better-than-you heroes. (hide spoiler)]
15. (view spoiler)[Silence says the only thing keeping her from sympathizing with Charlie is that he threatens to rape her. Selfish much? So, it's okay that he wanted to sell his own son's body when Mick was just a boy for some pennies, but it's not okay for him to rape her? I'm sorry, but you should have NO sympathy for that man. Ugh. (hide spoiler)]
16. If I heard any more talk of bloody hearts and ripped open chests from Mickey, I was going to gag. Could he be any more mushy, gushy, gooey, and sickening? It goes way beyond the point of overboard. I felt like I was drowing in sugary sweetness. He seriously was just...not the same person at all. He became the woman's supposed ideal version of a man and nothing more.
17. The end. What the heck? Silence did what? Gee, Ms. Hoyt, is there any particular reason you chose not to write this scene? Honestly, it just happened out of nowhere with no explanation. And then Mick's reaction was beyond ridiculous. It just skipped over the climax! There WAS no climax!
18. (view spoiler)[I'm sorry, but somehow I doubt Mick would get up and stroll energetically away when he'd just been hanged. He didn't even need to catch his breath! Good thing he's freaking invincible! (hide spoiler)] It's worse because I always trust Hoyt to depict a realistic hero with weaknesses, but Mickey...he was like a robot. A robot that spouted pretty poetic words of love. *gags*
I'm trying to think if there's anything I really liked, but I'm coming up blank. I like the fact that Silence and Mickey get together because they're so different and I always like seeing people come together despite their difference...but of course Mickey changed his entire personality and life for her, so...
Mickey getting married? LOL. That's all I have to say is laugh out loud.
I'm going to give it three stars because it's not a bad book, but it's not one that fits my personal taste nor one I'd ever read again. I really did want to love this book, but I just couldn't. No, actually. I can't do it. I'm going to give it two.
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**spoiler alert** Mmm, sooo, if I'd like the characters a little more, I'd have given this four stars.
First off, it has a very slow start. It was an...more**spoiler alert** Mmm, sooo, if I'd like the characters a little more, I'd have given this four stars.
First off, it has a very slow start. It was an effort to continue reading. Then there were the main characters. Let's talk about Vin, first. Originally, I didn't particularly like him, then he grew on me and I began to really like him, and then by the end I just hated him. He's...cold, and I just didn't like some of his reactions to certain situations. It annoyed me that Jim was lying there about to die, and Marie-Terese and Vin had to take the time to hug? Right, this is probably just me, but...it bugged me. It bothered me also how Vin basically said he was glad Jim gave his life for Marie-Terese. Sure, he didn't use those exact words, but it's what he meant. Now, fine, he can go ahead and think this, but to actaully say it out loud? I found that totally unnecessary. Plus, I really think it should have been Vin sacrificing himself for Marie-Terese. After all, she's his woman. Why should Jim have to take a bullet for her? Sure, she has a kid, but...it doesn't seem like it. She barely spends any time with him or thinks about him, especially toward the close of the book.
As for Marie-Terese. Well, she was made to be a strong, tough character, but she wasn't. She supposedly escaped her crazy ex-husband, but she's just so weak, I find it hard to believe. She was constantly either fainting or crying or pitying herself or trying to act all proud. Despite this, I didn't dislike her. She was sweet and everything, I suppose, but...nothing special.
The relationship? Vin + Marie-Terese = meh. I felt a tiny bit of spark, but...not much. This may be because I just didn't really care that much about either of them. Vin seemed to have no real sympathy for anyone but MT, so...eh. Me no like. Me no like Vin. He cold, cold man. His stupid, "Oh, I'll give Jim a proper burial" speech was just...ick. WTF? Oh, WOW, you'll go all out with his funeral!? How amazing of you! Oh, wait, the guy died to save your stupid girlfriend. So, really, this is the very least you could do. Like I said, cold. Very cold. D:
Then there's Eddie and Adrian. I frankly don't think they had much of a role, so it's hard to connect with them. At this current point, I loathe Adrian. He seems like a real jackass, and I don't care what crap is in his past, it doesn't excuse his horrible behavior. I did find his character itriguing, though, which is more than I can say for either Marie-Terese or Vin. Oh, and I found it odd that while we were in Jim's POV, we always had to hear about how gorgeous Adrian's hair is. Honestly, what straight guy would be thinking that all the time?
Jim himself? I'm honestly not sure why so many people dislike him. I thought he was a great guy, and he did quite a bit of growing from the beginning of the book. He really tried to do what he felt was right. Plus, he seemed like a regular guy to me, and a relatable one, too, not like the cold, sort-of scary Vin.
The POV of the creeper was okay. Kind of boring and gross. Could have done without it, but I SUPPOSE it was necessary. Maybe.
What I did like, was the inclusion of Vin's powers; I wasn't expecting it, so it was intriguing. Um, what else? I don't know. I wasn't as bothered by the writing style as some, and I don't know why everyone says Ward uses an excess of f-bombs, because I found that this book was very limited in the swearing department. I like that we have quite a few main characters, because it makes the story more interesting for me.
I'll go on with this series, and hopefully the characters will become more likable.(less)
I'm just wondering, when a girl strings five guys along, kissing all of them in shifts, she's seen as awesome, but if a guy does he's a dirty pig who...moreI'm just wondering, when a girl strings five guys along, kissing all of them in shifts, she's seen as awesome, but if a guy does he's a dirty pig who should be killed- why?
...why is it okay for girls? I'm sorry, but no. Raisa, to me, comes across as ridiculous, and totally unlikeable. I don't care if she's Queen of the freaking Universe - I want to remove her lips from her face. And it's pretty much just me and one reviewer who feel this way. This is the reason I stopped reading books. This right here. (less)