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)
One of her "misses." Malic is ridiculous and unlikable and spends more time cuddling with the supposed enemy than with his love interest, who he treat...moreOne of her "misses." Malic is ridiculous and unlikable and spends more time cuddling with the supposed enemy than with his love interest, who he treats like crap until the last chapter. It barely feels like a romance, considering Dylan isn't even in the book that much. There is no plot. It's just a bunch of random things happening to Malic, as if I cared. I was relieved when it ended.
Dylan. Who the heck IS he, anyway? No, really. We know next to nothing about him, and he's as flat as paper. Come to think of it, Malic is pretty flat himself. He's a scary, muscle-man and that's about it. Dylan is a clingy, horny teenager. That's about it. (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 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)
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)