I can understand a cynical, emotionless, greedy, manipulator asshole for a hero. In fact, sometimes I prefer my men to be the “monster”...more SPOILERS AHEAD
I can understand a cynical, emotionless, greedy, manipulator asshole for a hero. In fact, sometimes I prefer my men to be the “monster” rather than the everyday hero. It gives them a edge and an outlook on life that is both refreshing and realistic. Miles is everything I described but something about him irked me like no other. Miles' a selfish bastard and I would had preferred if he had stay that way instead of changing himself because “he fallen in love.” Then, he would had some character and I would had like him more. However, his development left a bad taste in my mouth especially with his abrupt change and the way it was just threw at us. BAM! “By God, I've changed and seen the light!”
And, don't get me started on Alice. Women like Alice annoy the hell out of me. We are told that she is strong and honest but from what I read she's nothing more than a simpleton woman who flutters around thinking she'll resist Miles but once he puts his kissable lips or strong hands on her she turns to mush and can't think of anything else but banging this bad boy. Granted, this is the same man who broke her heart a year ago and left her for a mistress while pursuing her with empty promises. I believe that I would had liked Alice more if she wasn't so much of a doormat and had a back bone or some kind of “oomph” to show me that she was much stronger than what Miles thought.
Especially because when Miles would tell her in the cruelest way that he was just using her to save himself from his debt and wouldn't hesitate to bed her if he had the chance you would think that this woman would grow up and move on with her life. But no, she fancied herself in love and thought that when Miles did something “honorable” it meant that he cared for her and was changing himself to become a better person for her despite knowing his true nature.
She lived in a black and white world. I just didn't find myself caring for her. I wanted to see how she would change as I read more but instead she stay the same and had no character development. I would had preferred it if she had picked herself up, threw away the excess baggage, looked into Miles' eyes, saw him as the ass he was and told him to go to hell. That she was going to find a real man who appreciated her, would walk through fire for her AND if he was going to manipulate her to at least be better at it because she wouldn't put up with that shit.
I'm going to reveal the climax, which was also the spot where I stopped reading. (This is done from memory as the book is no longer in my possession out of fear that I would had shred it into pieces.)
So, Miles' mistress (the same one he left Alice for one year ago) shows up and kisses Miles at some party or other. Alice runs away because she's heart broken because we are told she loves Miles—though Lord knows why. She wonders off somewhere and Miles runs after her and tells her that because he is honorable and that because he changed-gasp!-he's going to release Alice from their Blackmail Engagement. Alice decides that even though this asshole manipulated her and broke her heart, she wants to give her virginity to him to show him that she loved him or something. So they banged on the cement floor.
Then the magistrate or someone comes in and tells them that our “hero” Miles told him she's a thief who stole the dress that started this Blackmail Engagement (which she did.) Instead of lying and manipulating the facts like he's always done before our “hero” finally decides to tell the truth and said that yes indeed, Alice did stole the dress. So, Alice is sent into jail right after f*cking this man she so loves. He gets her out of jail and expects her to be grateful that he saved her from death. She's mad that he didn't lie to protect her. Then he had the nerve to tell her that he changed-gasp- and he decided to tell the truth because of her influence instead of protecting her. Instead of cutting this asshole out of her life she realizes that she can't resist his charms (gag me please!) anymore and why stay mad at him when you can f*ck him instead?
I just quit there. I hope that whoever was trying to kill Alice succeeded because I truly hated this girl. (less)
DNF. Something irked me about this story. No, it wasn't about Elle sleeping with 78 men or something like that. I actually really liked Elle. I just....moreDNF. Something irked me about this story. No, it wasn't about Elle sleeping with 78 men or something like that. I actually really liked Elle. I just. . . couldn't finish it. I don't know why. I mean, I did spent $6 on this book and the least I could had done was finish it but like I said, something about this book was off-putting. Maybe I'll finish it one day. (less)
I was rolling my eyes after the first half of the book. The chit has what I like to call "The Kiss Syndrome." Everytime she's mad at him for trying to...moreI was rolling my eyes after the first half of the book. The chit has what I like to call "The Kiss Syndrome." Everytime she's mad at him for trying to earn her trust, he would kiss her and she ends up forgiving him because his kiss is like a mind warp that magically makes her forget everything except his body sexing her up. I hate reading plotlines like that. Really, I know a kiss can make you lose your senses but the way MacLean writes it, it also makes you into a brainless twit.
And speaking of eye rolling moments, I hate plotlines like, "I'll-tell-you-of-my-brooding-aching-sad-aghasty-past-so-you-will-have-sex-with-me-and-forget-that-I-hurt-you-painfully."
This book was enough to make me toss it aside and not bother finishing the end. I can already guess that they marry, something happens with the house, she gets the money to support them all, cliche of "I love yous," and a boring epilogue where she might or not be preggers.
I literally DNF this book. Really, I didn't even skip to end to see how everything turn out. I rarely do that to the books I read since even if I'm fr...moreI literally DNF this book. Really, I didn't even skip to end to see how everything turn out. I rarely do that to the books I read since even if I'm frustrated with how the book is turning out I still want to know what happens in the end. I guess it's because I just basically did not care. At all.
Which was too bad. Being handcuff to a hot naked Alpha(?) male is a dream come true. . . but only if it involves being locked up in a truck and driving to certain death. Unless, of course you're into that kind of kink. Pervert.(less)
I hate, hate, hate it when the hero/heroine has a brother/sister they're trying to protect or hide throughout the whole book. It's annoying as hell an...moreI hate, hate, hate it when the hero/heroine has a brother/sister they're trying to protect or hide throughout the whole book. It's annoying as hell and just make the book a bored to read.
"Oh no, I have to protect my precious brother even though he's a jerk, rebellious, and dosen't give a rat's ass about me. But! If I save him then that'll prove that I'm a part of this family and maybe he'll learn to love me. Oh no! The hero is giving me googling eyes. My breasts are heaving heavily and his arms are around me bending me over the table. His dark skin is so dark against my pearly milky skin. Oh no, I must resist him but his magically kisses are making me forget about my brother. Oh no! I must not fall for temptation! He's only kissing my kissable lips because he wants to know where my rebellious brother is. No matter how long he starves me and "tortures" me into confessing where my brother is, if he learns of my dark past he'll become my gentle hero and he'll save my brother! Oh no! Is this LOVE?!?"
Ok, ok, I must have slightly exaggerated on some parts (because I was skimming by the half-way point) but the heroine who is trying to save her brother is such a turn-off in books. Grow up women! He's still going to be the lousy brother he always was no matter how much you try to talk some sense into his over zealous head. (less)
*As soon as I read the reviews about how terrible this book was I just had to read it. My interest has been pricked and I can't wait to find out just...more*As soon as I read the reviews about how terrible this book was I just had to read it. My interest has been pricked and I can't wait to find out just how bad this book truly is. Will I regret my headache later? Probably. But the price we pay to stay entertained is worth it.
OMG. What the hell did I just read? LOLOLOLOL.
You, Abandon, is a joke. J-O-K-E. I can't believe they dare call this thing a book, much less got it published.