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)
Hoyt is turning into a Lisa Kleypas. That is not a good thing. Her books, like Kleypas' are starting to use the same plot-devices over and over and it...moreHoyt is turning into a Lisa Kleypas. That is not a good thing. Her books, like Kleypas' are starting to use the same plot-devices over and over and it's just annoying.
1. The deaths. Hoyt likes to throw in the unnecessary deaths of likable characters. In every book. This one included. And this death in particular was gruesome and flat-out awful. I just don't like this sort of thing in my romances. In thrillers/mysteries, fine.
2. Betrayals. In every book, there is some person betraying the hero and this person isn't revealed until toward the end - though it's always painfully obvious who they are. I've never been a fan of the nice character turned traitor ploy, especially when it's overused.
3. The hero must give up his career for the heroine. The act itself is okay, but the fact that it happened two books in a row annoys me. The previous book in this series, the same thing happened. Hero gave Griffy an ultimatum to give up his career for her. He did. Silence gives Mickey an ultimatum to give up his "career" for her. He does. It's the same thing twice in a row, and boring.
4. The kidnapped heroine. Enough said.
Random things that bothered me:
1. Mick has become a softie from scene number 3 in this book. He is putty in Silence's hands. It felt fake. Others seem to disagree, but I'm not sure what books they were reading! I mean, Silence slaps Mickey twice, and he just smiles kindly and calls her "sweet one" and hugs her and comforts her. Really? That is not what I would expect from Charming Mickey. I was really looking forward to this because I thought it would be about Mickey. It wasn't. It was about Michael. Which brings me to number two.
2. Silence thinks of Mickey as two different people: Charming Mickey and Michael. They are the same person. She only loves one of them.
3. Silence herself. She's just so boring and plain and uninteresting. Nothing about her intrigued me. It's not that I disliked her, because I didn't, but I felt nothing for her.
4. Bran. That's all I have to say.
5. I just didn't feel like Silence loved Mick. She said she did and all that but it didn't touch me. Even when she was saying "I love him" I didn't really believe her.
6. William. I was bored of hearing his name. I was bored of Silence talking about how lovely and perfect he was. I've never been a fan of the widow(er) plot device because I feel it takes away from the romance.
7. Temperance is all, "You'll get over him in no time." And Silence isn't sure that this isn't true. This is toward the end of the book. And then Temperance comes in again to attempt to boss Silence around. I have a pet peeve against side characters who nose their way into the hero and heroine's business and try to keep them apart.
8. Temperance and Silence commiserating on how they don't like their men but they love them. To me that doesn't sound like a good relationship. You ARE supposed to like the person. They of course can do things that annoy you, but that shouldn't mean you actually dislike them. It's as if they're old married couples or something.
9. The Wynter subplot bored me to absolute tears.
10. Every character from previous novels made an appearance...except my Griffy-poo!
11. Silence's whole family getting together to try to prevent her from going to see Mickey when he was in prison. Gimme a break.
12. The Ghost of St. Giles. Really? I didn't think it could be that obvious, but apparently it really is.
13. Mickey pouring his heart out to Silence in a gushy, flowery rush of love and devotion. I rolled my eyes. It's like I was suddenly reading BDB or something.
14. "Don't make the mistake of thinking I'm doing this for you. Go save Silence." I'm sorry, but I just don't think that's necessary. We already know the Ghost hates Mickey. It doesn't make him some big macho man to prove that he's a rude, uppity, self-righteous a** hole. (view spoiler)[Wynter. I don't like him, and I don't like dour, stick-up-his pompous butts, I'm-better-than-you heroes. (hide spoiler)]
15. (view spoiler)[Silence says the only thing keeping her from sympathizing with Charlie is that he threatens to rape her. Selfish much? So, it's okay that he wanted to sell his own son's body when Mick was just a boy for some pennies, but it's not okay for him to rape her? I'm sorry, but you should have NO sympathy for that man. Ugh. (hide spoiler)]
16. If I heard any more talk of bloody hearts and ripped open chests from Mickey, I was going to gag. Could he be any more mushy, gushy, gooey, and sickening? It goes way beyond the point of overboard. I felt like I was drowing in sugary sweetness. He seriously was just...not the same person at all. He became the woman's supposed ideal version of a man and nothing more.
17. The end. What the heck? Silence did what? Gee, Ms. Hoyt, is there any particular reason you chose not to write this scene? Honestly, it just happened out of nowhere with no explanation. And then Mick's reaction was beyond ridiculous. It just skipped over the climax! There WAS no climax!
18. (view spoiler)[I'm sorry, but somehow I doubt Mick would get up and stroll energetically away when he'd just been hanged. He didn't even need to catch his breath! Good thing he's freaking invincible! (hide spoiler)] It's worse because I always trust Hoyt to depict a realistic hero with weaknesses, but Mickey...he was like a robot. A robot that spouted pretty poetic words of love. *gags*
I'm trying to think if there's anything I really liked, but I'm coming up blank. I like the fact that Silence and Mickey get together because they're so different and I always like seeing people come together despite their difference...but of course Mickey changed his entire personality and life for her, so...
Mickey getting married? LOL. That's all I have to say is laugh out loud.
I'm going to give it three stars because it's not a bad book, but it's not one that fits my personal taste nor one I'd ever read again. I really did want to love this book, but I just couldn't. No, actually. I can't do it. I'm going to give it two.
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I enjoyed this book despite the annoying heroine. I LOVE Seth, and I love the fact that he's a tortured hero who has actually done some torturing hims...moreI enjoyed this book despite the annoying heroine. I LOVE Seth, and I love the fact that he's a tortured hero who has actually done some torturing himself. Usually the supposedly "evil" heroes won't hurt a fly. It ended up not mattering what he'd done because with a past like his, I could excuse him for pretty much anything. Maybe not excuse, but understand. I spent this whole book wanting to hug him. Poor guy actually believed the crap the evil dudes have been spewing, believes he's stupid and pathetic. He could have been unoriginal, but...for some reason he seemed to stand out to me. I can't say exactly why, but I think it has something to do with his vulnerability. It was more...obvious than it usually is and it made him seem more real to me, rather than one of Kenyon's generic heroes.
As for Lydia, I liked her at first but then she started doing little things that bothered me, liking calling Seth "pathetic." Why does she call him this, you ask? Because she thinks it's pathetic that Seth chose to stay in his room and read while trapped in the demon hell realm instead of going out and exploring demon-central. Why is that pathetic? That's just a mean thing to say and did not endear her to me at all. There are some aspects of her personality that I like, such as her loyalty, but I just wish she thought before she spoke.
Lydia KNOWS Seth's past. His past of having a mother who left him out in the middle of the desert and broke his legs by beating him with a hammer so he would be trapped there unable to die while he starved and dehydrated and was pecked at by birds. After this a family adopted him to do all their chores and work for them and then sold him for pennies to a demon who tortured him mentally and physically for 4500 years. That was his life. She knows this. She actually saw it first hand with the help of Jaden, who can see into people's memories. And yet still, she says things like, "You have no social skills. I swear you were raised by monkeys," and then claims not to understand why saying that would hurt him. Is she the absolute dumbest person of all time? Kenyon can't create a heroine that doesn't say stupid things and make unfunny jokes about "where she's going to hide the body" of her hero. Seriously, Lydia contemplates this while having sex with him.
She also has to find insult in everything. Like when Seth called her "lily" in his native tongue and she freaked out thinking he'd called her "Susan." Give me a freaking break. And then she gets pissed when he allows another women to TALK TO HIM. This man had not seen the sun in literally 45oo years. He'd been in the outside world for a few minutes and a women approaches him. Is that HIS FAULT? He's utterly lost and confused. Was he supposed to...what? Kill the random women? And THEN she gets angry when he turns away after she tries to kiss him. She gets pissed KNOWING that he associates kissing with pain and does not understand that kissing can come without pain. She KNOWS this. And she's so self-centered she doesn't even realize it.
Also, Jaden. I reeeeeaaaaaallllyyyy want to know more about him. And I want him to get out of that stupid freaking demon place! Oh, and the end was rushed and took away from the book as a whole. I don't like when a story jumps ahead in time and leaves out important info.
This makes it sound like I don't like it, but that isn't the case. I enjoyed Lydia and Seth's relantionship and I especially enjoyed watching him very slowly learn to trust her. It was so sad how long it had been since he'd seen the sun, so when he finally saw it for the first time in 4500 years it was really a special scene. And even Lydia had her redeeming qualities. I liked the way she used endearments for Seth, because he'd never experienced such a thing, so it was very important to him and therefore important to me as well.
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)