This book annoyed the heck out of me. I can't say I hated Laura, but she was a self-pitying, overdramatic idiot. The entire story got bogged down by hThis book annoyed the heck out of me. I can't say I hated Laura, but she was a self-pitying, overdramatic idiot. The entire story got bogged down by her drama queen acts and wah wah poor me declarations.
The plot itself was rather ridiculous, though admittedly unique and entertaining. However, I really wished Ian could have done better than Laura. She was just so pathetic.
What really bugged me was how Ian had been trapped in a hole underground for two years with no sunlight and very little food, and yet he was utterly and completely healthy. Really? Hmm. And, of course, after this, he developed a fear of the dark and closed spaces which--ta-da--miraculously goes away when he's trapped in a cave-in. Really? Also, it annoyed me that 90% of the book was spent addressing Laura's ludicrous self-imposed problems with Ian patiently helping her overcome them, and then, bam, the last ten pages Ian is suddenly fine. Yep. And I was looking forward to Ian's story, which turned out to be Laura's iant pity party and nothing more. Dissappointing....more
Rosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other througRosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other through out the whole book, and never got mad at each other. Yay!
I loved Stephen! He was such a different romantic hero. He was kind and nice and not overbearing or bossy. He was genuinely a really good person. I felt SO protective of him. And I loved his brother, Michael. Their relationship was sweet.
Rosalind's sob story was a little silly and pointless and overdone. It was a bit too much for my tastes, but...wasn't bad enough to knock off a star. The whole thing just felt too overdramatic. ...more
First of all, great characters. Loved both Clare and Nicholas. I loved that Clare didn't look down on Nicholas likeStarted off slow, but grew on me.
First of all, great characters. Loved both Clare and Nicholas. I loved that Clare didn't look down on Nicholas like the rest of the town did, and loved that Clare put Nicholas and her love for him first, even if she didn't really realize it at the time.
The plot itself...not crazy-exciting, but entertaining with all the Fallen Angel side characters, like Michael, who (though I love him) I wanted to knock over the head with a vase. The dialogue was appealing and funny at times, and somehow Putney managed to portray the severity of the harsh lives of mine-workers without making the whole thing depressing.
So, a great romance with great chemistry. I wish I could have delved a little deeper into Nicholas, and Clare too, but...still very good....more