So, I'm not even sure what I really liked about this book. I think, in a way, it was boring, but somehow...not...at the same time. Okay, nothing reall...moreSo, I'm not even sure what I really liked about this book. I think, in a way, it was boring, but somehow...not...at the same time. Okay, nothing really happened in this book, but it was hard to notice with such interesting and unique and REAL characters. I loved that, for once, it was the woman with the cool temper. Brianna was great that way. Yes, at times it was a bit annoying and you just wanted to shake her, but she stayed true to her character, and it was a breath of fresh air to have a heroine who isn't screaming at the hero every chance she gets.
Now, onto Gray. So, I don't even really like him at all, and yet he was so interesting and so damn sexy, I loved reading about him. He was weird, gruff, angry, rude, mean, moody, dark, and even kind of scary. But that's what made him feel so real. When he was writing, he wouldn't even allow Brianna in his room and he'd sometimes go days without eating and I just found that so...I don't know...I can't put it into words, but I liked it.
It was nice to have Maggie and her husband, Rogan, in this one, too. I really like Rogan, and he was a great calm, non-interfering balance to Maggie, who is basically a crazy fiery lady that's always mad about something for some made-up reason or another.
Anyway, I read Nora Roberts for her characters. I don't always LIKE the characters, but they're always so amazingly interesting that I forget their not real. The characters, the humor, and the great dialogue, even when the heroine is being obtuse and annoying!(less)
I'm not sure why everyone thinks Brandon is at the top of the tortured hero charts, because, yes, what happened to him is awful, but compared to some...moreI'm not sure why everyone thinks Brandon is at the top of the tortured hero charts, because, yes, what happened to him is awful, but compared to some of the other heroes i've read about, his past wasn't that shocking (though that didn't stop me from wanting to give him a hug and take away his pain).
I think there was too much of the secondary characters. Yes, I think the author was making an attempt to develop them, but...she didn't even really do that. There was one character who spent the whole book mentally ill and then at the end, bam, she was suddenly healthy and sane. It made no sense.
As for Brandon, I liked him but didn't find him original or special in any way. Everyone in the book kept saying Brandon had this horrible awful temper, but he never showed it. Maybe one time, but, still, it wasn't anything that big. And he was supposedly a psycho when drunk, yet the one time he actually gets drunk during the book, he's completely calm and rational, even nice. Contradictions much?
The issues of his past where barely brushed and discarded too quickly, not that I really WANTED more details, but I would have liked a little more of his mother, who only appeared at the very end for about two pages. After Brandon confesses his past to Aly, she say not one single word, literally. It could have been done better.
Aly was all right. I honestly can't say I liked her that much. Didn't hate her, didn't love her. She was annoying at times, but generally okay. Henry was supposedly, as Aly thought, the "ideal father," though I didn't think so...he once commented lightly that he used to beat Brandon with his belt, and unless he meant that figuratively, I don't see how he is "ideal."
There was too much of Aly. At one point toward the end, we go a good fifty pages without once encountering Brandon. And the whole end was drawn out for about 100 pages too long. The characters spent time making small talk while Brandon was in serious, life-threatening danger.
As for Anticipating...I knew who this person was during their very first scene. It was very obvious.
Aly seemed confused as a character. One second she is thinking how kind and tender and caring Brandon is toward his uncle and invalid aunt, then next she's describing him as a man with "no conscience" who "cares for no one but himself."
I'm not going to blame Aly for this. I blame Sutcliffe.
Brandon...self-centered w/ no conscience? Really? Then why does he hide all of his problems from his uncle b/c he's afraid of weakening the older man's health? WHy does he donate millions of dollars to charity? Why is he so kind and nice to his aunt and uncle? Why did he refrain from commiting suicide simply becase he knew it would hurt his uncle? If that's a man w/ no conscience who only cares for himself, then I'm a teapot.
Also, I don't think it was very nice of Aly to be waving beer in Brandon's face ALL NIGHT when he's a recovering alcoholic. She's kind of a bitch. Minus the "kind of."
Overall...it was an entertaining read, and I liked that, for once, the stalker was after the hero and not the heroine (that's never happened before). The heroine made an attempt to rescue the hero, but it really turned out to be the hero who rescued her in the end, which was annoying, because I thought it would be different at first. Pretty fast paced, worth reading, but...nothing I'd like to read again and again.(less)
So, the book was simple and pretty short, kind of a surface book, but I liked it a lot.
The characters were likable and had great chemistry. Lucy was...moreSo, the book was simple and pretty short, kind of a surface book, but I liked it a lot.
The characters were likable and had great chemistry. Lucy was a pretty typical heroine, snarky and proud and stubborn and bad-tempered. Blue was pretty original. I liked that he didn't talk much to anyone except Lucy. That was adorable. I really liked hearing about the relationships between Blue and the other Navy SEALS, and wish they all could have played a bigger role. The prologue seemed completely irrelevent to the plot, which was wrapped up to fast in an ending that hardly made any sense, though that didn't much bother me. One thing that annoyed me was Aly's obsession with Blue and Jenny-Lee. He not once acted like he still loved her, yet she refused to believe he didn't.
It was an entertaining read, kept me turning the pages and wondering what would happen. (less)