I'm not much for Austen fanfic, but the premise of this sounded intriguing. But here I am at a quarter through the book and the change in events has eI'm not much for Austen fanfic, but the premise of this sounded intriguing. But here I am at a quarter through the book and the change in events has essentially made no difference at all to the plotline. Reynolds does a decent job of making her own words mesh with the ones of Austen's she reuses, but I don't see much point to this story. Also, it's getting into physical areas and I don't want to go there, so DNF....more
3 1/2 stars. Anders's last book seemed to be moving away from the angsty, over-the-top, cruel billionair(Reviewed from an e-arc provided by Netgalley)
3 1/2 stars. Anders's last book seemed to be moving away from the angsty, over-the-top, cruel billionaire stories she's most known for, and this one is firmly in the subgenre of small town contemporary romance, with a slight twist in that the small town is in South Africa. (The hero is still very wealthy, but not the high society tycoon type.)
When Mason Carlisle reluctantly agrees to help his brother out by distracting Daisy McGregor -- the shy, plain, chubby McGregor sister -- he finds himself in unexpectedly good company. Then Daisy discovers the truth, and asks Mason to make it up to her by being her date for her sister's wedding. Drawn to Daisy more than he wants to be, Mason insists they have to make their fake relationship look good by spending a lot of time together. But nothing could ever come of it... because Mason isn't a relationship kind of guy, and insecure Daisy could never believe he's truly interested in her.
Although I can't help feeling sad at the loss of the Anders angst-fest, I enjoyed these relatable characters and the often funny dialogue. Daisy and Mason's senses of humor match up nicely, making them really work as a couple, and though Daisy's inferiority complex gets tiresome, the story does address that. There's a nice set-up for a story for Mason's brother and Daisy's sister--an unrequited love turned to angry indifference--and I look forward to it....more
I was quite interested in this book, but unfortunately in the first chapter alone, there were two pages missing from the ebook. I decided to save myseI was quite interested in this book, but unfortunately in the first chapter alone, there were two pages missing from the ebook. I decided to save myself frustration and look to see if I can find it in print....more
4 1/2 stars. This seems to be quite a polarizing book. It does require some suspension of disbelief, but then so much in romance does. I found it gorg4 1/2 stars. This seems to be quite a polarizing book. It does require some suspension of disbelief, but then so much in romance does. I found it gorgeously written and wonderfully surprising.
(Disclosure: I received an ARC for review from NetGalley and the author is an online friend. In this particular instance, that might especially lead (Disclosure: I received an ARC for review from NetGalley and the author is an online friend. In this particular instance, that might especially lead to bias, because awww.)
This should maybe be 3 1/2 stars, because I do remember that parts of the first half got dull. I loved the second half though, so finished it with that 4 star glow. Slightly tempered by the glossary at the end, which -- while very funny -- was pretty damn irksomely placed. WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THERE WAS A GLOSSARY?! I was in a slightly better position to understand this book than some will be, because I use the daily planning website "Habitica" which is loosely based on MMOs. (Massive multiplayer online games.) But I was still frequently lost and had to Big Chill it. ("Sometimes you have to let art flow over you.")
There's a lot of online game playing description in this, and (unless you're a gamer) it all has to be glorked from context. Which is much better than endless explanations, but it is confusing, and sometimes boring. Writing about playing a game is perhaps not entirely dancing about architecture, but not all of it worked for me here.
What I loved were the characters, the humor, the sweetness, and the conflict. Kit is someone I identified with tremendously: shy, "different," treasuring the connections he's made online. But I also empathized a lot with Drew, and his feelings about missing out and wanting to be a part of things. In a way Kit is my ideal, because he's made so much peace with who he is. But being a young, very sensitive person, he's still easily shaken, and Drew's disregard of the value of online friendships shakes him a lot, making their relationship toxic. It's a very real conflict for two people in college, still figuring out who they are; I especially love it as a romance conflict because it's so understandable and genuinely fixable, given love and care.
TL;DR: not a perfect book, but very worth reading if you enjoy geekiness and tenderness....more