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)
1. Maggie actually DEFENDS CLAY!!!!!!!!!!! When her friends are treating him like crap and judging him unfairly,...moreI'm only going to make a few points.
1. Maggie actually DEFENDS CLAY!!!!!!!!!!! When her friends are treating him like crap and judging him unfairly, she actually defends him. I'm sorry, but this is the first time in my life I have ever encountered a heroine who stuck up for the guy she loved. It was because of this that I was able to truly believe her love for him, able to believe in their love for each other.
2. Clay has issues...that are not solved by love. Seriously. When he gets together with Maggie, he's not miraculously cured.
3. Their relationship works because Maggie is strong as hell and can totally handle someone as messed-up as Clay.
4. I'm so thrilled (there are no words) that a book has FINALLY addressed the fact that when a guy acts the way Clay does, it's not simply because he's an ass, but because he is sick and has a mental disorder (or in his case more than one!) People tend to brush off characters like Clay as "just a psycho." But for once, the author understands that, no, actually, there is more to it than that. I think a lot of people can learn something from this, and possibly become less ignorant about the seriousness of mental health. Contrary to what some people believe, individuals like Clay do not "decide" to be assholes. Mental illness is real. This book tells you that.
5. Clay is mature and self-aware enough to understand that he is not in a place where he can be in a relationship with someone. He knows only more destruction will come if he stays with Maggie, so makes the decision to try again to get help so that he can be in a healthy relationship with Maggie and stop hurting her.
6. Love Clay. Love Maggie. And I never love heroines. These aren't just characters. They are real people. And THIS is why I read books. I'd forgotten for a while, there. (less)
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 him...moreIs 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. (less)
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, including...moreThe 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. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is one of the most unique romances I've ever read. Totally gruesome and eerie and I should NOT have read it at night, that's for sure. I was so s...moreThis is one of the most unique romances I've ever read. Totally gruesome and eerie and I should NOT have read it at night, that's for sure. I was so shocked by who the killer was, I actually gasped aloud--but that may be because I purposely didn't try to determine the killer. I have to admit I don't like the age difference thing in romances. Eighteen and twenty-eight just...isn't my thing. I managed to overlook this, though, because Phoenix was such a unique, interesting character. That said, I didn't like him at all, and he treated Daniel like crap. Of course, he has reason, and it only makes sense, but he just generally creeps me out with the way he manipulates poor Daniel. I'm glad Daniel at least stood up for himself, though, and didn't let Phoenix get away with his bad behavior.
The one star is off because of the ending. It was SO abrupt and annoying and I hate this type of ending. One second we're in the middle of the action, the next it's BAM over. There's a tiny little wrap-up at the end that's just...pathetic.(less)
I love this book! From the very first page I was reeled in. I just love this type of storyline. One half of the couple believes the other half to be a...moreI love this book! From the very first page I was reeled in. I just love this type of storyline. One half of the couple believes the other half to be a heartless asshole, and then he/she learns that that's the opposite.
I've read some people who think Alec is weak, but I disagree wholeheartedly. I didn't find him at all weak. I found him strong. He had a hard life, and after his dad died, he was still a kid and got taaken advantage of by his asshole of an agent. When Jordan came into his life, he learned to stand up for himself more, which was great to see.
I just love Alec. He's so unbelievably adorable and I just wanted to grab him in hug! Jordan was a great match for him, despite the age difference, and I love how Jordan's personality changed when he was with Alec.
There were also great supporting characters, like Jordan's sister, Bec, and the reporter, Taylor. It was great to read about a reporter that was actually a really good person.
I will admit this book went on too long and became a little too sickeningly sweet.(less)
I think the best part of this book was Holly. He felt like such a real, relatable character to me. I liked him right away, depsite his being a drug-ad...moreI think the best part of this book was Holly. He felt like such a real, relatable character to me. I liked him right away, depsite his being a drug-addicted, alcoholic man-slut. I didn't mind so much, because I understood why he was the way he was, and it was great to watch Nick bring him back "to life." I like Nick quite a bit, too, though he's not nearly as interesting to me for some reason. I liked that, even though he was married, he still went out of his way to save Holly and still cared enough to want to help Holly.
I don't generally like the D/s thing, and I didn't much like it here, either. It's not something I enjoy reading about, even though, in this case, it was barely noticible. Still, though, I like equal relationships and something about the whole D/s stuff creeps me out and makes me feel icky. The sad thing is, so many m/m romances have it, as if all gay men are like this? Anyway, it wasn't so bad that I didn't enjoy the book, but it made me feel a little ick toward Nick. I didn't like the number of times Holly kissed Nick's feet-literally. I'm very, very picky and very, very big on equality, so this probably would only bother me. I know Holly doesn't mind asking Nick for permission to get dressed etc.., but...meh. Me no like. Oh, and the part where Nick basically said, "If you're good, I'll let you give me a BJ." Uh-huh. Okay.
I know some people have said this book is realistic, but I don't think so. Holly bounces back from his drug/alcohol addiction with only ONE relapse and then he's totally and completely fine. Now, it didn't bother me much, but I just feel like I need to point out that this in NOT realistic, people. Also, a lot of people have said the side characters aren't one-dimensional, but I sort of disagree.
Anyway, the relationship between Nick and Holly is sweet and nice and I could feel the chemistry and everything, but they're definitely not my fave m/m couple. They could have been, had Nick been more interesting. I was impressed, though not at all surprised, with how Holly sort of took Nick's place and became the care-taker.
All in all, an enjoyable, fun read, so I'd give it a go if you're in the mood.(less)
Payne/Manny I was looking forward to their story since I liked both Payne and Manny in the previous installment. I wo...moreWhere to begin?
I'll start with...
Payne/Manny I was looking forward to their story since I liked both Payne and Manny in the previous installment. I wouldn't say I was disappointed, but I wasn't amazed, either--I blame this on Ward and not on the characters themselves.
I actually thought they were a cute couple, and usually I'm not one for the 'you are mine' at first sight thing, but that's what this series is, so I've gotten used to it and actually kinda like it now, since it spares all the 'I hate him/hers.'
I felt so SO sorry for Manny after they screwed with his mind so much. The poor guy was so confused and thought he was going crazy. I really wanted to give him a hug at that point, but noooo, I had to watch him constantly helpinghelpinghelping with no one ever doing the same favor for him. The guy got maybe three minutes of sleep during the whole book, and yet he was fine, performing major surgeries etc. I kinda wished Payne would sit him down and say, "You deserve a break." Alas, that was not to be.
As for Payne, I did like her. At first I despised her, because I despise characters who ask their loved ones to kill them, because it's so unbelievably selfish, and they KNOW they're ruining the person's life by putting this on their conscience, but they care more about themselves, so don't care. So, when Payne asked V to kill her...I wanted to kill her. Then when she realized later how awful and selfish she'd been, I forgave her. She was generally a nice, strong, protective, and loyal woman. Her arrogance toward the end annoyed me a bit--she acted like she was so superior because of who her mother is--but overall I liked her.
V and Jane I'v never liked V. I know I'm the only one, but it needs to be said. I find him dour and unpleasant all around with no real redeeming qualities. He's violent AND uninteresting. (Please don't kill me). It irked me how he asked Butch to beat him, and yet was not seen as a bad guy, yet when Z asked the same of Phury, they all looked down on Z and basically agreed he was selfish scum. So why not for V? It's not fair.
I do like Jane, always have--again, I realize I'm in the minority. I just never found anything to dislike about her. She's loving, smart, strong, caring--however she did become annoying when she was saying Manny 'didn't need to understand' anything that was going on, despite the fact that he was WITH Payne and despite the fact that if she were in his situation, she too would want answers.
I'm glad, though, that we got V out of the way again. Hopefully there won't be much of him in future.
Qhuay I'm SO SAD. When I was reading Qhuinn's POV I literally felt like my own heart was breaking. I can't take much more of Qhuinn and Blay being separated because of a stupid misunderstanding. They neeeeed to be together right now.
Also, I like Blay, but he's blind and dumb if he STILL thinks Qhuinn is having a blast. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn't see Qhuinn since Qhuinn changed his appearance and became a walking skeleton--because really, how could he read Qhuinn's misery as happiness? Sure, Qhuinn was an idiot before, but now he's seen the light. Blay needs to see it, too, and stop using Sax. I get that he 'needs' to move on, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Sax is so nice and I can't hate him even if I want to--but I truly don't like Blay for using him, even though Sax does know the deal. It doesn't seem right.
Also, eff off, Layla.
The Jose/Veck Subplot I actually adore the crossovers between this series and the Fallen Angels series. It makes them so much more fun to read. Plus, I'm very intrigued by Veck and now can't wait for the next FA book. He's an intriguing character, so I hope he stays that way!
The Band of Bastards Hah. Hahah. Okay, but really. I liked the new additions. Xcor is kinda evil, and normally I don't like characters like him, but for some reason I did like him--maybe it was because of his malformed lip. Yeah, I know, but when he told the story of how his mom supposedly didn't want him because of it and how 'ugly' it made him look, I actually got teary-eyed, which totally surprised me.
I'm also curious what Throe's deal is, so I'm glad he's going to be in the next FA book. Why is his conscience so much more apparent than that of the other 'Bastards?'
I was soooo happy not to have any POVs from lessers! I didn't have to skip through pages! Yay! And I was thrilled to only have one scene from JM.
Btw, am I the only one who's wondering what will become of Rehv? People said V's story wasn't finished, but neither is Rehv's, really. I mean, he still has to use his cane and still is always freezing. How is that fair? That doesn't even count as a happy ending. Is that ever going to be resolved, or is he just doomed?(less)
Four stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another series...it would get three stars, max.
1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. I...moreFour stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another series...it would get three stars, max.
1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. I expected her to mature in this book. I expected her to beg for Izzy's forgiveness. Instead, Brockmann throws in a bunch of excuses that supposedly let her off the hook. And, Izzy does SO MUCH apologizing to Eden!!! Over and over he has to apologize to her! She does completely stupid things and then he has to apologize to her for calling her on it. Any time she doesn't get her way, she runs away, often into danger. Izzy deserves better. All she has to do is cry (which happens in pretty much every scene)--AND, Brockmann constantly tells us that Eden is "stoic" and hides her emotions.--um, in what world are you living!?!?!?!! This "woman" bursts into tears every five minutes and then runs away, slamming doors like a toddler.
2. Ben. He was fine at first, but then he started acting all self-righteous, bossing people around and telling them how to live their lives. One of my biggest pet-peeves is when a side character butts into the business of the two MCs, telling them how to act, and it's even worse when it's a freaking KID telling them! What right does he have??? AND THEN, there's the thing he does toward the end: (view spoiler)[Goes out to get himself kidnapped! The idiot! HE KNEW baddies were after him. (hide spoiler)]
3. The cliches. In 99.99% of romance novels, at least one character threatens the life of the hero - "I'll kill you if you hurt her" etc... Why does that have to be in EVERY book? I find myself waiting for it to happen. Is it in some rule-book?
HOW TO WRITE A ROMANCE NOVEL 101
Step 1. Make the heroine a whiny, I-turn-independence-into-bullheaded-idiocy, immature b**ch.
Step 2. Have at LEAST one character threaten to murder the hero for no reason whatsoever.
Step 3. Throw in a stupid kid who acts more like an adult than the heroine, then have him boss the MCs around, telling them how to live their lives (since we all know 15-year-olds know EVERYTHING about relationships and totally have the right to tell adults what to do, since they clearly are smarter).
Step 4. Remember that heroine? Yeah, make sure she bursts into tears in EVERY SCENE! You can't have a strong heroine unless she also has a vulnerable side, aka she tends to act like a 10-year-old. Also, be certain that the heroine's tantrums lead to the hero begging for her forgiveness, even though he's done nothing wrong.
Step 5. If you're going to have two couples, this is what you should do: Make ONE of the men likable, and ONE of the women likable. You CANNOT have more than TWO likable characters. This is important. You don't want your readers to like or relate to the characters.
Step 6. The UNLIKABLE hero, aka Hero #2. Make sure he's an a-hole up until the VERY LAST PAGE. Have him hold onto irrational anger and hatred for no reason. He needs to INSULT his heroine, too, and make her feel insecure. Also, he absolutely HAS to hate the other hero and heroine for no reason. Preferably, have him call the other heroine a whore or slut throughout the book.
Step 7. Let the "other" heroine get her revenge on Hero #2. What you want to do is set it up so she thinks Hero #2 is physically abusive, and have her accuse him of this to his face for extra drama - be sure the whole situation is unrealistic. For example, set the scene up like this:
Hero #2 is attempting to push his heroine out of his path, but then somehow he accidentally punches her in the face. Now, we know that her shoulders are not on the same level with her face, so we also know this is borderline impossible. Perfect! I know I grab someone's shoulders with clenched fists! All the better to GRIP onto said shoulders!
Step 8. Continue the theme of Heroine #1 throwing pity parties for herself, and have this lead to the hero apologizing to her some more. Now, this is very important, so read carefully: It is ESSENTIAL that the heroine come off as ridiculous, self-pitying, immature, whiny, stupid, and ungrateful. AND construct it so your readers are on the hero's side, but then have him grovel anyway. Why? Readers LOVE when books make them so mad they want to rip out their own hair. In addition, have the heroine say something like "You are not allowed to look at me anymore" while screaming at the top of her lungs in one of her tantrums, but ALSO have her boss the hero around to make her a hypocrite, 'cause who doesn't love a hypocrite? AND, have her say "I hate you" to her hero over and over, like a little kid. Remember, make her A TOTAL witch. Have her cry while she's being a witch so no one can get mad at her for said witchiness.
Step 9. Throw in an irrelevent subplot just because you can, and also to add more drama and force the book to be bulkier. Have the subplot be really, really annoying, and have it go nowhere until the VERY end. Make sure each time you switch to the subplot, you essentially write the same scene over and over. For example:
Create a little illegal immigrant girl. Have her evading baddies. Every time she's on the scene, make sure she's either A. running away from baddies, B. running away from the good guys, or C. spying on the baddies. Try to make all the scenes feel the same, and make the girl have the same exact thoughts during every scene, too, because readers like to be bored and annoyed at the same time.
Step 10. Sprinkle in little things here or there that are sure to annoy your reader. Have your likable hero portrayed as the bad guy and your unlikable heroine as the good guy. Have your likable heroine forgive your unlikable hero for everything he does after he says "sorry." Don't have him elaborate.
Step 11. Your unlikable heroine must also be REALLY FULL of herself. She must constantly think about how beautiful she is. Have her dwell on how she can never get a job, because no matter where she works, guys will be pawing her. Have her say the only two places to work are McDonalds or a strip club. No other stores exist. Now, we all know pretty women go to work all the time without getting pawed and having hands stuffed up their shirts, but that doesn't matter because we want this to make no sense. We want readers to be thinking: Well, I'm considered pretty...why don't I have this problem? Or, I know someone gorgeous, why not them? WELL, because NO ONE is as beautiful as EDEN! DUH!
Step 13. Give the unlikable heroine a long, drawn-out, extremely ridiculous sob-story so all the characters will think she's awesome! As a bonus, have every single male character in the book, save for Hero #2 and his little gay brother, be a pervert who forces the heroine (view spoiler)[into some type of sexual situation. (hide spoiler)] Have these sexual situations be unavoidable and make her be seen as a hero.
Step 13. In the end, have your unlikables both be just as unlikable as they were at the start. Maybe give them a few moments of nice, smart, kindness, but then forget it! They're back to being jerks.
Step 14. Have this book be the last in the series (for now, at least) so that people will already like the series, and won't be able to give it a low rating, since, well, THEY LOVE YOU!
Love Izzy and Jenn. Hate Dan and Eden. I did enjoy the book because I love this series and like I said, Izzy and Jenn. Dan had a few redeemable moments, while Eden had maybe one, but all the same it WAS interesting, and there were moments I really enjoyed. Plus, Izzy is hilarious. It so completely annoyed me, though, hence my 101. That being said Brockmann's talent is in creating unique, stand-out characters, whether they're annoying or not. I've NEVER read about characters like ANY of the ones in this book--or this series, for that matter, so three stars for that alone, really, and one more for Izzy. No doubt she's an amazing author and I'll pick up anything she writes in the future. Oh, and despite what I said about the subplot, I do love Nisha. I want to adopt her haha.
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This is a sweet book with a lot of great side characters. I love Jamie. If you're in the mood for a good cry, try this one out. You get to experience...moreThis is a sweet book with a lot of great side characters. I love Jamie. If you're in the mood for a good cry, try this one out. You get to experience what it's like to be homeless. Oh, lord.
So, we've got our couple, David and John. I didn't like John at all at first, but he grew on me eventually. At the end, though, he still wasn't on my favorite's list. I love David and just wanted to pull him into an eternal hug and tell him everything would be all right.
The characters felt real to me, and I was able to get lost in the story, which is always the sign of a good book. There were some points that got a little boring, a little repetitive, and not much at all happens, but it's a nice, sort of...comfy story...I don't know why I think so, since it's quite a tear-jerker, but since most of it is based in a small, cozy bookstore, it seemed that way to me.
I'm just so confused as to why people like this book. I really am. Maybe I'm missing some necessary gene that, I don't know, gives me bad taste in boo...moreI'm just so confused as to why people like this book. I really am. Maybe I'm missing some necessary gene that, I don't know, gives me bad taste in books?
So, for the storyline...predictable, boring, not good at all. Absolutely nothing, and I do mean nothing, happens until the very end of the book. The whole is just the main female character whining while pretending to be so tough and smart and hard-to-get and getting injured and getting massages from the main male character, who is a stereotypical invincible robot, meaning he is omnipotent and can not get injured under any circumstances, since he is there merely to please and offer his body to the heroine on her command. The romance is frankly ridiculous. Why would these two love each other? They wouldn't. I didn't see it at all. They barely talked, and when they did, they said nothing nice. Ever.
After hours and hours of nothing at all happening, the only action we get is at the very end, during which a good 80 percent of the characters getting systematically slaughtered is supposed to serve as pleasurable romantic entertainment. Then some nice hot sex after watching said slaughter (ahh, how romantic). I know I'd be in the "mood" after watching a near-massacre. Nothing gets me hot and bothered like a good bloody, brutal murder of a bunch of people, one of whom was my brother.
No, no, no. This is not romance. I wish I could un-read this drivel. Maybe there's something wrong with me, but if this is typical Linda Howard, I am officially her only non-fan.