Parker annoyed me. At first I liked him, but then his character seemed to change and become some mean, selfish, uncaring, weirdo. He pretty much sits...moreParker annoyed me. At first I liked him, but then his character seemed to change and become some mean, selfish, uncaring, weirdo. He pretty much sits around like an inanimate object while Jake fondles, massages, kisses, and gets him off. It's made out that Jake is self-centered, but considering Parker has no regard whatsoever for Jake's feelings... He said mean and nasty things that literally made Jake cry and caused him to have a panic attack, and he didn't remotely care. He's oddly robotic and unappealing.
The big deal Parker made about Jake not being good enough and needing to suck up to him for a long time in order to win his trust came off as ridiculous. Jake was supposedly a "slut" yet he didn't sleep with anyone since even before he realized he loved Parker, and didn't seem real at all. I don't see where Parker got off treating him like he was a lesser being. I don't get Parker at all. He seemed so erratic, and I gotta tell you after finishing this book I still have no idea who he is. There was no depth to him and I didn't connect with him at all. It literally seemed like he was a different character in each and every scene. I got tired of reading all the different places Jake kissed Parker. Jake kissed Parker's temple, shoulder, neck, chin, stomach, head, hair, elbow, blah blah while Parker sat there like the lump he was. I mean is the guy even human or is he a blow up doll? He only ever moves when he's trying to get Jake to get him off.
And the whole thing about Parker needing Jake to prove he wanted him for more than sex? Why? PARKER was the one who showed Jake no concern or affection of kindness of any sort unless it benefited him. Jake was the one doing things for him, kissing him on the cheek, shoulder, cuddling him, doing everything he could think of to make Parker happy. What the eff did Parker do for Jake? Oh yeah. Nothing at all. Sounds fair.
I guess with the good reviews I set my expectations too high. I like equal relationships, but this one seemed like the "Jake Worships Parker and Parker Gets Rewarded for No Reason and with No Reciprocation" show. What the hell makes Parker so damn special that he doesn't have to bring anything into the relationship, that he doesn't have to do anything for Jake and Jake has to do everything for him? I just can't like someone who only thinks of himself like this.
Also, at one point Alanna goes off on Jake on how guy's brains don't work right and they suck when it comes to picking/figuring out significant others - at the time she was pregnant with the baby of a man-whore rock star who is known for sleeping with anything female and never more than once per female. (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)
In case you were wondering, the hero who needs punching is Zane. Come on, man, I love you but there's only so much I can take. It's been six years. Pu...moreIn case you were wondering, the hero who needs punching is Zane. Come on, man, I love you but there's only so much I can take. It's been six years. Put Becky behind you and move on. And while you're at it, when Ty says he needs your help, HELP HIM! Do NOT blow him off like that. Being drunk is not an excuse. And jump on the love train already, will ya? It's been three books. Where is the love the love the love?(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)
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)
What the heck was up with this book? It was so random! And it felt totally disjointed and not like a part of the series. Plus, it gave me the serious...moreWhat the heck was up with this book? It was so random! And it felt totally disjointed and not like a part of the series. Plus, it gave me the serious creeps. Also, at several points I felt as if I were listening to a TV commercial. And Ward's writing style is getting to be annoying. I just don't like the way she phrases some things. Like at one point, she says something like, "His duffel slapping his ass as he put one foot in front of the other," and I feel like not only is that an ugly sentence, but it's also unnecessary. If he's walking, he's obviously putting one foot in front of the other. Ya know?
Phury. Well, I don't even know what to say. I don't particularly like Phury and I never have, however I don't really dislike him, either. That seems to be a recurring theme with this series, heroes who do nothing for me. I felt nothing but pity for Phury. He's just all right, and having him be an addict for 99% of the book just didn't endear him to me, and didn't allow me to see his true self, either. Plus, I had to see the "wizard" all the time, and that freako was the creepiest thing ever. I wanted him to go the heck away, asap. Phury has depth to him, so it's not like he's a crappy character, I just didn't find him interesting or attractive or anything.
Cormia. Another all right character. She didn't bother me, but I can't say I really like her, either. She was sweet and everything, and not a bad heroine, but not interesting or really unique. She sort of felt like a cross between Bella and Marissa, except less annoying. Don't have much else to say about her.
John Matthew. Gross. My hatred for him grows with each book. He's as self-centered and clueless as ever. Also, he's gotten to be mean and even more annoying than usual. At one point, John says to Qhuinn: "No offense, but are you really that important to him?" about Blay. Now, I find this to be an extrenely rude and insulting thing to say. I do. And that's enough about JM and his jerkiness.
Qhuinn/Blay. I just want to say that I already know how much I want these two to be together. I really like both of them, and it was fun for me to read Qhuinn's POV. I like that they care more about each other more than they do John Matthew, because, well, you know I hate JM. I found it a little strange that Blay was being such an ass to Qhuinn after Qhuinn had just found out his family had been slaughtered. I know he had a right to be angry with Qhuinn, and that Qhuinn wasn't all kissesXhugs with his family, but still...couldn't he have waited a bit to be mean? Just saying--I still like him and everything. I'll blame Ward.
Rehv. I want to say that at this point in time I at least find him vaguely intriguing. However, I find it disturbing that his penis has a "barb." The thought of that actually makes me nauseous, so it's hard to find him attractive when I keep picturing something so gross/disturbing.
CormiaXPhury. What. The. Heck!? They have no chemistry. They spend hardly any time together. They don't talk to each other at all! They know next to nothing about each other. They're suddenly in love for no reason, and it felt so forced and pathetic and just stupid. Everything about their relationship is poor. Why would Phury love Cormia? Why would Cormia love Phury? I have no idea. So, I was disappointed, but, you know, since I didn't like either of them all that much, I found I didn't care too much.
What really redeemed this book for me was the Qhuinn/Blay subplot. Otherise, it probably would have been two stars. As for Tohrment being back...I'm sorry, but I just don't care. I never found him very interesting, and I still don't. Something about the men of this series...I liked Z, and now I like Qhuinn and Blay, and I like Rhage a little bit, but...other than that...everyone else bores me a bit. I'm still going to read more, obviously, but if it keeps going downhill, I don't know how much I'll enjoy it. Oh, one more thing. I liked Wrath in this book. His character is still growing, even though his book is long past.(less)
Okay, here goes. First, I'd like to point out that I've started this book a total of three times. The first two, I could NOT get through it. And then...moreOkay, here goes. First, I'd like to point out that I've started this book a total of three times. The first two, I could NOT get through it. And then a certain GR friend of mine (you know who you are *cough*Rachel*cough*) convinced me to give it another shot, assuring me that it does get better--well, she was right!
What initially turned me off is the fact that Wrath (who has no social skills, by the way) and Beth have sex practically the first time they meet, after he breaks into her house. Now, if a huge, terrifying stranger broke into my house at night, I don't think the first thing I'd do would be to jump his bones, but...since I'd read that scene twice before, by the third time I just didn't care anymore.
Another thing I didn't like was having to get the POV of Butch. I didn't mind it as much this last time, though Butch annoyed me to no end, and I just loathe the name Butch. I can't think of a name less sexy, and it actually ruins his character for me. It's just...ugh. I'm the only one who feels this way, but I just had to say something.
Wrath. Well, I don't dislike him, but I don't feel anything special for him, either. I might have liked him more had he not been so clueless and had he not treated Zsadist like some kind of animal. It was bad enough that he blamed every bad thing that happens in the book on Z, but he also talks about how he would like to kill him and then about how Z needs to be "put down" like a freaking animal. That's just not cool. Even Phury blames Z for the deaths of a bunch of women that he didn't kill. Other than that...I don't know, I don't have much to say about Wrath; I just didn't find him that interesting.
Beth. Okay, so I started off really liking her, then toward the middle she annoyed me with some of her dramatics, but ultimately I do really like her. Other than her initial choice to sleep with Wrath on first sight, she makes pretty rational decisions. She's also sweet and caring and protective and very likable.
Wrath and Beth. I definitely felt it. They had real chemistry, and their love for each other shone off the pages. Every decision they make emphasizes their love for each other. They had such great chemistry, and I think Beth was the perfect counterpoint to Wrath's cold unforgiving nature. She brought out the best in him, changed him, changed how he treats humans, and just made him a better man. She also made him believe that he was a better man.
Butch and Marissa. Let's just say I'm not looking forward to their book. I don't mind Marissa, but she's not exactly my fave type of heroine. As for Butch...he just annoys me, that is when he's not boring me to tears. I just don't find him interesting; I don't care about him or his past or his future or his present. I guess I could see them coming together...the hard-ass ex-cop and the virgin vampire. Opposites are good in books, because they balance each other out.
What I didn't care for was all the POV time of the bad guys. Kinda boring and repetitive. I'm looking forward to geting to know the other brothers more--and I can't wait for them to stop seeing Zsadist as the freaking devil. I always have a soft spot for the person who everyone else in a book hates/is mean to. So, in this case...
**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)
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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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)
Not sure why everyone loves this book so much. It didn't feel real to me, and I was never lost in the story. I loved Matt, but Evan, not so much. I li...moreNot sure why everyone loves this book so much. It didn't feel real to me, and I was never lost in the story. I loved Matt, but Evan, not so much. I liked Evan at first, but then he just became kind of insane, small-minded etc...Also, the writing style was strange. Just when a scene started to become interesting it would end, or be glossed over. It wasn't bad, but it's nothing i'll remember.(less)
I just don't understand how people can say that SLOAN annoyed them. Are all you people nuts? Cole was a complete and total bastard! The guy cared for...moreI just don't understand how people can say that SLOAN annoyed them. Are all you people nuts? Cole was a complete and total bastard! The guy cared for no one but himself, accused all gays of being "whores" with no emotions who are unable to love people, AND wanted to have a wife WHILE screwing aroung with Sloan on the side. He actually proposes this ludicrousness to Sloan, expecting him to be happy about it! Are you freaking kidding me? He also calls Sloan a whore and judges him wrongly throughout the entire book and treats him like utter crap, hurting him deeply over and over again. I HATE Cole so much. He doesn't even deserve Sloan, and it amazes me that people think Sloan was the unlikable character. I just don't understand. And the end was so abrupt and ridiculous I almost laughed. Cole goes from pretending he isn't gay to kissing and holding hands with a man in public in about two seconds.(less)
This book lost two stars when Zach was forced to comfort David because David's EX BOYFRIEND started dating someone else. You think I'm gonna comfort m...moreThis book lost two stars when Zach was forced to comfort David because David's EX BOYFRIEND started dating someone else. You think I'm gonna comfort my boyfriend as he weeps over an ex? Nuh-uh. I'm just not that nice.(less)