I was honestly not sure about how to rate this book. I’m still not. On the one hand, it was hot when the two heroes got together, plus the fact that tI was honestly not sure about how to rate this book. I’m still not. On the one hand, it was hot when the two heroes got together, plus the fact that they were so far away from being perfect with their difficult problems and challenging pasts, and on the other, I simply failed to see the turning point from friendship to relationship. In fact, I can’t even say that their 15 years of best buddies thing was all that convincing either. They both had their hang ups and problems that the other had no idea about, and though people can hide things from even their closest friends and family, I just felt like everything was thrown at me all at once to make the book more interesting and challenging.
James was an alcoholic psychiatrist who f*cked his problems away-pardon my French- who also happened to have a distant relationship with his mother-his only living relative. And Nathan was a cop who lived a straight bachelor’s life until one night when James drunkenly planted a kiss on him and he started to question his sexuality and their friendship. There was a lot going on in this book, and 200 pages were simply not enough to tell them all.
Now, I know this book is the first in its own series but apparently the author had another series going on that has some of these characters as guests, like James, so maybe we were supposed to be familiar with some people, but as someone who started with this world from scratch, timing wasn’t good enough for me. While I was trying to soak up their friends-to-lovers situation, I was confronted with assault and alcoholism, ghost of a dead sister and a terrible experience that was doubled and tripled by multiple side characters throughout, that I lost my touch with the story. I kept reading because I kept waiting for that finality, but I can’t say for sure that it came. For me, anyway.
Aside from all that, I loved the idea of imperfect heroes and the friends-to-lovers storyline-I’m a sucker for those. And the sex and almost sex times were fun yet frustrating to read in my currently single state. And the bit of a mystery that involved mostly Nathan had helped my enjoyment of this book, so I can’t say it was a bad experience reading this. Could it have been better? Yes, definitely. But it was still an enjoyable book, especially for those who were already familiar with some of the characters. Not that this should hold you back, having read no other books by A.M. Arthur, I didn’t feel left out or alienated from any tidbits while reading. Everything was laid out so I could be up to date with who was who and what was going on. And maybe that was also why the page count wasn’t convincing enough about a lot of things. Every detail wanted its story told and there just wasn’t enough pages and time to tell them all, poor souls.
And now, it's time to play around with the idea of doctors and cops and handcuffs.....more
It's been a while, I think, since I've read a romantic suspense story. In fact, I can't even remember the last one I read. So when I came across thisIt's been a while, I think, since I've read a romantic suspense story. In fact, I can't even remember the last one I read. So when I came across this book, I thought to myself, what the hell? And that's how I started this book. However, by the time I finished it, I can honestly, and most sadly, say that to say this book has disappointed me would be an understatement. This book has startled me from head to toe.
The plot revolves around an under appreciated photographer Alex, who's hired by an archeologist, Nate, who's found ancient stone carvings and needs someone with expertise to come and take pictures of his discovery.
Almost all of the story takes place around the site where the carvings are, and this setting is about the only thing that was consistent in the book. The emotions were all over the place. I can't say I had difficulty relating to the characters, because I didn't connect with them at all. There was nothing that interested me about them, nothing in their pasts or their presents, and I'm sorry to say I didn't care about their future as well. As someone who's only quit a book twice so far, I was determined to finish this, but not, unfortunately, because I wanted to know, but mostly to see the last page.
Alex was not a well written character in my opinion. She was the only one of the two whose past we were made aware of, but I think it wasn't handled so well. She carries the same name with her father who stole her work in the past and took credit for it, and so she has trust issues. So far so good. But it all came crumbling down after this revelation, especially the thing she had with her father turning into a hatred for all men, with her mood swings that were the cherry on top. I didn't like Alex at all, and I'm sorry to say I couldn't care less about her feelings. From the first moment she saw Nate to the last page, from the first hint of her relationship with her father to how they worked things out, it was all a mess. I don't know if any of you watched Friends-I absolutely love that show!- but Alex's feelings and attitude towards Nate reminded me of an episode of Friends. It's where Rachel is moving out of the apartment she shares with Monica, and they're packing her stuff and they start fighting by insulting each other. I remember Monica refers to Rachel's relationship with Ross like this: I love Ross. I hate Ross. I love Ross. I hate Ross. And this is exactly what it was with Alex about Nate. One minute she was hopelessly in love with him and he was the best thing in the world, and the next he was a selfish brute. And I know what you're thinking, depending on how things go, a person's opinions may change, but let me assure you this was not the case. All through the book I thought Alex was the selfish one, and I'd say she was being childish, but I've met many children who were more mature and reasonable than her.
Nate was not much better. I think the reason why he might've been only slightly better was because Alex was more the focus, and the story went on using her as its path. We didn't know anything about Nate, and that was the main reason why I wasn't able to connect with him. I didn't care about Nate because he was a stranger to me. And he remained a stranger till the very end.
The plot also disappointed me. But then again, if I can't relate to the characters, there was no way I could relate to the plot as well. All in all, this was a bad experience for me. As someone who loves things to do with archeology, it saddened me that I couldn't even like this book. ...more