Second more clear thoughts: I was blown away! The author is just so outrageously talented at conveying feelings...moreFirst thoughts: Wowowowowowowow.... wow!
Second more clear thoughts: I was blown away! The author is just so outrageously talented at conveying feelings, it's insane. I will say that I truly regret reading the book summary, it prevented me from enjoying the first 10% of the book because I was dreading what was bound to happen. If you trust my rating at all, READ THIS BOOK, and just skip the summary ;)
(Side note: In a completely inconsequential story I was writing but at an impasse, this book gave me the perfect idea on how to continue it.)
In the beginning of the novel, I was just as drawn in by the delusion of Rebecca as Lindsay was. I was just as outraged at Lindsay, as Anais was. Even seeing both sides, I was still totally with each character on their disgust, their clear emotions, they're awful decisions.
I was as irate at Anais as Lindsay was, about not telling Lindsay about their daughter. Gah, at that moment, I was right with Lindsay at wanting to dump the woman. And I was bawling my eyes out as Lindsay kept smoking the opium and reading that note from Robert. Then bawling my eyes out at the situation, of how they would never be able to get their baby back.
It reminded me of someone I know, and made me see the situation from a whole new perspective. The thought of losing a child... or giving up a child, Christ, I don't think I would survive something like that :\
Jeez-louis, what a novel! Emotionally exhausting, yes, but totally, totally amazing! And that's not even touching the naughty scenes with a ten foot pole... and MAN, the naughty scenes! I have read a lot of racy stuff, but holy crap!(less)
Woah! I have to say, I liked this one more than I liked it's predecessor, Addicted. I felt like I could identify more with Matthew & Jane, than I...moreWoah! I have to say, I liked this one more than I liked it's predecessor, Addicted. I felt like I could identify more with Matthew & Jane, than I could with Lindsay & Anais.
And I really like the concept of converting a rake into a man who is pathetically in love with a girl he'd never expect to fall for!
The ending threw me though, I definitely did not expect that. Even if Jane claims she doesn't need what she says she doesn't need, I still want that for her!(less)
4.5 stars! Not quite hitting the five star mark, more for plot reasons than for the writing. The writing was AMAZING. I was right there with Liberty,...more4.5 stars! Not quite hitting the five star mark, more for plot reasons than for the writing. The writing was AMAZING. I was right there with Liberty, through her trials, heartbreaks, failures and successes. I felt the hot texas heat as it beat down on her and associated with the awkwardness of meeting a cute boy while she wore dirty clunky plastic-rimmed glasses.
This novel is supposed to be classified as a contemporary romance novel, and I'd say that maybe the last 35% of it fits into the genre. Most of the book follows a young half-mexican girl, Liberty, dealing with life in a poor trailer park in Texas. Those were my favorite chapters, the first few, where she adjusts to life there and meets Hardy Cates.
(view spoiler)[Now the rest of the book... as soon as she agreed to move in with Churchill, gave up something she had apparently "loved" for an easier life, that's when I started to lose interest in the book. Don't get me wrong, I liked how things developed with Gage, how he was basically an ass at first and eventually came around. I really liked the scene when Liberty went to Gage's apartment when he was sick, it was a very cute scene, with him coming around to her like that.
I won't say I didn't like how things ended up with Hardy... I can believe Hardy would have done what he did and then probably lived to regret those stupid decisions for a very long time. I just... ugh, it was so picturesque and it felt so right in the beginning! When Liberty finally said goodbye to Hardy, I sort of bawled my eyes out. I think it mostly rankled me, that this woman had two handsome, devoted men in love with her and she strung them both along for a while. Some of us women would like to just get one man to love us, and I think that's what doesn't sit right with me!
I'm relieved to know that the next book is about Hardy though... but I am not sure if I'll ever be able to associate him with the Hardy in the beginning of the first book. I think I will distance myself a bit from the series, before continuing on though :) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)