For some reason I was under the (completely mistaken) impression that this was the last book of the series. I was looking forward to a conclusion, toFor some reason I was under the (completely mistaken) impression that this was the last book of the series. I was looking forward to a conclusion, to see where everything ended up. So, um, needless to say when there was about 10 pages left in the book I was like "well, that sucks". Oh gosh, do I keep reading these books?! I think I'll just read spoiler reviews or something. Gah. Who am I kidding, I'll probably get sucked back in. I've never understood love/hate reading a book or series, but that totally applies here.
Anyway, I did like this one better than books 2 and 3, but that honestly isn't saying much. It was interesting to see where Gideon was coming from, but it didn't really explain or justify his actions or decisions. Basically it just reinforced to me that these two are absolutely bonkers and either really are made for each other, or they should seriously seek individual help and stay far, far away from one another. ...more
Review to come, but I have to say that I absolutely ADORED this book! Ignore the North American cover, because it's awful, and check out the AustraliaReview to come, but I have to say that I absolutely ADORED this book! Ignore the North American cover, because it's awful, and check out the Australian and UK ones -- much more representative of the book.
I highly recommend this book to all fans of contemporary romance, and to fans of New Adult also, since to some extent it had that "what am I doing with my life?!" type of theme....more
I read the first book in this series and didn't really care for it, but I had already bought this book (and it was the one I wanted to read in the firI read the first book in this series and didn't really care for it, but I had already bought this book (and it was the one I wanted to read in the first place, because of the hiding from Hollywood angle)... anyway, I liked this one a bit more than the first book, but I still found it fairly meh. Maybe closer to 3 stars, but I can't justify a 3 star rating, when so many other enjoyable books have received 3 stars from me....more
I had read basically ALL good things about this one, so I was a little disappointed when I only found it okay. It's not a bad book, but it failed to rI had read basically ALL good things about this one, so I was a little disappointed when I only found it okay. It's not a bad book, but it failed to really capture my interest.
I completely get that abusive relationships take all forms (e.g. not always physical) and that every person will have a different reaction. So I feel a bit hesitant to say that Liz didn't feel like a woman who was stuck in her marriage and scared to get out. She felt like someone who knew she was being treated like crap by Jace, who felt like she didn't deserve Jace's vitriol, and yet she stayed with him anyway. I would have liked more examination of why she stayed, because there are definitely valid reasons why she might have, and there are so many mindsets where I could understand why she would, but in this particular book I didn't buy it.
So it's clear from the beginning that Lizzy and Ryan are totally into one another, and they spend a ton of time together. Ryan is falling in love, and Lizzy just... doesn't bother telling him she's married. She justifies it by keeping things "platonic". I put platonic in quotations because you can cheat emotionally just as much as you can physically. I mean, I wouldn't blame Lizzy for straying from Jace, because the guy's a total asshat, but let's call a spade a spade. And this is a small thing, but after all of their time together I'm supposed to believe that Lizzy has to ask someone for Ryan's phone number?! It's a small detail, but it stuck out in an odd way.
Anyway, the relationship between Liz and Ryan, with how Liz withholds the truth and Ryan runs away, felt very juvenile. I liked the two of them together, but I would have liked it even more under different circumstances....more