This was my first attempt at reading a Lynn Michael's book, and I loved it. I got exactly want I wanted to get out of a book, which is to be left withThis was my first attempt at reading a Lynn Michael's book, and I loved it. I got exactly want I wanted to get out of a book, which is to be left with a happiness over reading it and a gut deep feeling; no matter what the feeling is; over a character. The worst thing in the world is to me, is to walk away from a book once done with it having no feeling at all. I would rather hate a book over being impartial to it, which is the exact opposite of how I felt about this book when I finished that last page at 4 am in the morning. In fact it was that exact moment I wanted to pick up the phone and call my really good friend Nikki and tell her how much I NEEDED her to read this book.
I know going into any romance novel that the timeline will be unrealistic, so I never factor that in, that being said I found this story-line to be very relatable. I connected to Cydney Parrish very much, and often times felt that the author has somehow snuck into my life to get her notes on what it is to be invisible. Cydney was complex and strong to those on the outside looking in, she didn’t take crap, and was fiercely loyal. Yet, her family walked all over her and treated like family service provider. I can’t say that I haven’t loved or identified with a heroine before, but I can say that I don’t believe that I have ever rooted so hard for one as I did Cydney Parrish.
At first I didn’t know what to make of Angus Munroe, he wasn’t your typical Alpha Male, and in fact some of him seemed almost Omega like. He had weakness and he showed it, sadness and he shared it, and pain that needed medical attention. But, despite all of that he was an Alpha, I would almost say all of those things actually added up to him being the perfect kind of Alpha Male. Putting Cydney and Gus together, was brilliant, he pushed Cydney to be who she should have always been, and she helped bring the life he stopped living back. They had sparks (pheww!!!), and a real honest connection. I loved the fighting, and tempers, and misunderstanding.
Now for the rest of the characters, I hate with a passion fueled by a thousand suns Bebe, and no matter what she would of, could of, or did do will change that. The same goes for Gwen the sister, Fletch the father, or Georgette the mother. They were all great characters, which is why I hated them. The only shining light of the inner family characters was Herb. I loved him and thought he was too good for Georgette.
The rest of the secondary characters like, the sheriff, Elvin and his sister Louella. You absolutely cannot leave out Maimi, she was great. ...more
This book took me by surprise, every now and then I get a wild hair to branch out or try something different. My branching out was anything spectaculaThis book took me by surprise, every now and then I get a wild hair to branch out or try something different. My branching out was anything spectacular but it did land me onto this book by D.D. Ayres. I found the writing to enjoyable and the story line, though its basis to be unlikely as all usually are in some way, the connection between the characters was believable and honest. I felt that the author captured the need for real plausible love instead of just crazy sex, very well.
I don’t think I have ever instantly liked a heroine as much as I did Cole. She was smart, sassy and tough. She wasn't your typical sappy, afraid, in need of constant saving cause she’s clumsier than hell heroine who can’t protect herself to save her own skin. She stood her ground, and though you could feel her fear and you understood her pain she wasn't stupid about it and it didn't give herself the excuse to make dumb decisions. I honestly can’t say enough about the character of Cole, she really was a shining light in the repetitive nonsense of the common damsel in distress.
I liked Scott too, because again the D.D. Ayers did it right, he was brooding and sexy but not the Greek God of mythical proportions that most heroes are made out to be. He had made huge, damaging mistake and the guilt he carried with him was strong and believable. The struggle with his was father and his brother was touching and honest. The fact that he was introduced first was a wonderful touch and I think it actually set the tone of the book for me in the best way possible because you needed to know Scott first and his dark place he had been brought to over the loss of his, everything.
The story itself was a little far-fetched as I had said previously but it still moved well and wasn't so over the top that I wanted to roll my eyes while reading it. I found bits of it to be funny and really well thought out. The technical stuff was easy to understand, and moved the story at a nice pace. What I found to be the most intriguing thing about it and the author was her ability to weave in current pop culture without it being over powerful or cheesy. It worked so well in the story sometimes I had to do a double take realize one had been slipped into the story.
And you can’t leave out Hugo and Izzy, they were precious. I have to say that Hugo had more personality than most main characters.
On one finale note, the only thing that I wish I could have gotten closure on was the sister, and how she felt about Scott. ...more