4.5 stars. Although I don't like the cover and don't think it reflects the character it's supposed to be (?), I enjoyed most of this story. There was4.5 stars. Although I don't like the cover and don't think it reflects the character it's supposed to be (?), I enjoyed most of this story. There was a point early on in the story that I thought it was going to collapse into silliness when a by-the-books FBI agent dissolves into giggles, but things tightened back up and I enjoyed it. A lot....more
WOW! This story is amazing, the characters are so real I wanted to yell at the book at points. You have to read this. The first scene is so hot it wilWOW! This story is amazing, the characters are so real I wanted to yell at the book at points. You have to read this. The first scene is so hot it will knock your socks off!...more
The world building and character development in this story were phenomenal. The author's writing style was smooth and rhythmic so that I could sink inThe world building and character development in this story were phenomenal. The author's writing style was smooth and rhythmic so that I could sink into the movie playing in my head and forget I was reading a book. And the sex? WOW! Yeah, good stuff.
Only one thing messed with my movie, and even that wasn't enough to lower my rating.
(view spoiler)[ For a movie to work, I need to see the characters. Some might be blurry, but the main characters need to be more finished than the secondary ones. In the first scene where we meet Darius, he is described as having 'dark skin'. That can mean so many different things, especially for a man who spends his time marching from place to place every day. I read a bit further and found no other hints to help me, so I considered writing the author because I found my movie now had a blank spot where Darius was supposed to be. While considering emailing Ms. Gormley, I noticed a review with a picture uploaded. It included what I figure was the readers representation of Darius, and he was a white guy.
Let me stop here to just say what I feel doesn't need to be said...but will anyway. Being black is different from being white. The difference didn't affect my attraction to Darius, but not knowing did. So, under the assumption that the review was made by someone who finished the book and felt Darius was white, I decided against writing the author and continued on. My movie now featured a well muscled grizzly white man with salt and pepper hair, a hard jaw, and squinty eyes.
On into the book, Jacob calls Darius a slur that makes it clear that Darius is most likely black. I had to set the book down at that point. My entire movie had been wrong. Now I had to reconsider the man I was very much attracted to in this story. I had to re-see all the prior scenes with another Darius.
When I picked the book up again the next day, I couldn't help but think of the old soap operas my grandmother watched, with the whispered voice announcing, "The part of Darius will now be played by Terry Crews."
The story was still amazing.
Now to a little bit of soap box. This is not aimed at this book but much more.
Ignoring race is not any better than making it an issue. Most of us want to handle prickly issues correctly, but without really knowing the right way, we decide to completely remove any mention of it. :-/ (hide spoiler)]...more