This was good but could have been so much better. Somehow I never really felt like some of the big issues between the couple got resolved in any meaniThis was good but could have been so much better. Somehow I never really felt like some of the big issues between the couple got resolved in any meaningful way. Certainly I'm not convinced that their communication issues were resolved by the HEA. I felt the bickering grandparents were sad and desperate and desperately unhappy but that no one would take their issues seriously. I didn't think it was cute or funny or whatever timbre the author was going for with them. The story was engaging and I liked both the main characters well enough but this felt like a book trying to strike a balance between cute and funny and serious and emotional and I pretty much felt like it failed in that regard. I felt like it never mined the serious issues deep enough (and there were plenty in this book) and never struck the right tone with the humor either. In this case a three star rating means that I had some mixed feelings. The book was readable and enjoyable but instead of inspiring a deep sense of satisfaction once the book is over it left me with some unresolved questions and a nagging sense of "will they really make it?" that I don't really want at the end of a romance....more
Sweet, complicated, and sexy. The blurb doesn't do this book justice. The hero is amazing. The heroine is smart and complex and the storytelling is coSweet, complicated, and sexy. The blurb doesn't do this book justice. The hero is amazing. The heroine is smart and complex and the storytelling is compelling and realistic and wonderful. My first book by this author but it definitely won't be the last. I love a strong, solid contemporary and that is what this book is all about....more
I had a TON of problems with this book. The first? Babe. Boundaries. Babe, seriously. You investigate her, have cameras on her house, and require dailI had a TON of problems with this book. The first? Babe. Boundaries. Babe, seriously. You investigate her, have cameras on her house, and require daily reports on your fuck buddy and it's supposed to be ROMANTIC? I mean, I understand that the opposite, sleeping with a dude who you know nothing about, not even his name, who breaks into your home at nights for a year and a half is also TOTALLY INSANE. But I can't stand stalkerish behavior passed off as "I care about you, babe, I really do". Also the heroine frequently says she should put her foot down or break it off with this psycho dude but never follows through. This woman needs to find Tori Amos, and fast. Girl, she wrote a lyric just for you. "So you can make me come that doesn't make you Jesus." Learn it, live it, love yourself you crazy lady.
Also how is every man she meets so freaking hot and also so very into her? That's beyond even my powers of suspension of disbelief, and I frequently read books about magic and shapeshifters and vampires, so. . . Yeah.
All that said? There was something that kept me in this whole big pot of WTF until the end. I mean, everything that turned me off? Pushy, asshole hero. Doormat, TSTL heroine. Overuse of pet names and sometimes downright confusing prose. All of these cons and I still read the whole mess. I don't know if it was the trainwreck factor or if the over the top story just sucked me in, but I have to give credit where credit is due. There is something compellingly readable about this book. So. I"m just kind of throwing my hands in the air here and giving it a 3 star rating despite everything that bugged the ever loving crap out of me in this book. More like 2.5. But I think I'm done with Ms. Ashley because no matter how readable the book the entire thing was bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S and not in a good way....more