I really, really, loved this book. Melissa Brayden has a voice that is just so...relaxed and comfortable for me. HeReceived this ARC from NetGalley...
I really, really, loved this book. Melissa Brayden has a voice that is just so...relaxed and comfortable for me. Her characters are complex, yes, but there's a certain simplicity in how the dialogue was delivered, and the emotion was right there (ok I felt punched in the solar plexus like 3 times while reading. That was uncomfortable in a restless, get-me-to-the-next-part-because-it-has-to-get-better kind of way). There were laugh out loud moments (like every time a certain soap opera--my fave growing up btw--was mentioned. And I questioned Bent's girlfriend's name--coincidence? Don't think so.) and parts where I had to stop reading and get past the tears and clogged sinuses and sniffling. Blotchy crying face is not a good look and gee, my eyes were oddly swollen when I got out of bed this morning...
The pacing is excellent--just the right amount of tension. I was holding my breath at points, waiting to see what would happen. And even though I could predict what happened almost every time? Still made me alternately squee! and cry.
What I really enjoyed about the book (stop reading here if you don't want to know anything about the storylines):
The banter between the 4 best friends. If I had friends like this I'd want them to be as awesome as these girls (not that my best friends aren't all fabulous, mind you). There are going to be stories about the rest of the Savvy girls, right!!?!?!
The Starbucks as nemesis storyline.
The number of times I wanted to smack Brooklyn in the head was just enough. Any more and I would've thrown the Nook against the wall. But I was SO HAPPY at the end it was like my best friend had the HEA, not a character in a book
The number of lines I could pull out that had my girlfriend muttering, "just shut up. what's so funny, anyway? do you know what time it is?"
A NetGalley read in exchange for an honest review...
A strong 3.5 stars. Strongly defined characters who mature both in age and emotionally, interestinA NetGalley read in exchange for an honest review...
A strong 3.5 stars. Strongly defined characters who mature both in age and emotionally, interesting peek into the past. I would've like to see a bit more to demonstrate the HEA, but then I'm a sucker for an epilogue. Here are some disjointed thoughts:
You would think that 4 main characters and a handful of secondary characters would be cumbersome and confusing. But they're handled with precision and are so distinct that it's easy to discern each voice.
This line, "These women seemed to be trying to make time stand still."
The startling abruptness of the storyline was jarring, as I imagine war is. The violence and distrust, how everyone was on edge. Gah. Horrible, wonderful tension. And the scenes in Vietnam were graphic. Hoo boy, were they graphic. The first half of the story was hard to read--it was so emotional!--I had to put it down and go do something else before coming back to it. The second half, while not all puppies and flowers, was at least a different kind of tension.
I don't know how it was before I came out. Reading this made me so thankful for those who came before me, trailblazing even if they were only trying to be themselves, for themselves. And I know how lucky I am to live in a time and place where I don't have to hide who I am and who I love. ...more
As always, Radclyffe delivers fast-paced action with a healthy dose of romance. A quick read with detailed medical scenes (which I love) and imagery sAs always, Radclyffe delivers fast-paced action with a healthy dose of romance. A quick read with detailed medical scenes (which I love) and imagery so vivid I was sweating right along with the characters. While I didn't love the book (because hey, I compare all of Rad's fiction to Fated Love, and that's a very high bar) it's still a solid romance and worth the read....more
i'm a sucker for a good romance novel. read this years ago when it was important for me to find something that spoke to who i was, or at least thoughti'm a sucker for a good romance novel. read this years ago when it was important for me to find something that spoke to who i was, or at least thought i was supposed to be. just what i needed then, though i expect i wouldn't feel the same, reading it now....more