I tried. I really did. But I kept wanting to murder the heroine because of the sheer stupidity! I got to 60% I think that's a fair shot but it only go...moreI tried. I really did. But I kept wanting to murder the heroine because of the sheer stupidity! I got to 60% I think that's a fair shot but it only got worst. (less)
I am so conflicted with this. Let me start out by stating that I do not like writing bad reviews. I don't go into a book wanting to hate it. On the c...more
I am so conflicted with this. Let me start out by stating that I do not like writing bad reviews. I don't go into a book wanting to hate it. On the contrary, when I see a book that is right up my alley, even when it's an author I've never heard of, I jump in ready to enjoy it. Now, I know a lot of people think that if you don't have something good to say, then don't say anything at all. But you know why that's wrong? Opinions can be different. And when all I find is praise, things like this can happen.
Back story here is that I purchased this book because I saw an author I absolutely love and adore pimping this out. Then I read the blurb and got all giddy and excited because it sounded like just my type of dark read. I even pushed aside everything else I "should" be reading and reviewing to get to read this right away. I was in the mood!
I can't even begin to tell you all the things that made this not enjoyable. But lets start with some of the worst editing I've seen in a while. I mean, I'm not one of those that needs everything perfect and I let a lot of things go by. By no means do I start getting an itch if it's not perfect. But the grammar and spelling mistakes happened so much that I could start feeling my blood boil. Things as simple as "i" instead of "I", "too" instead of "to", "then" instead of "than". It made me want to grab a red marker and start making correction notes! And from there, there was just more of that. It really took away from the story.
But wait, then there's the story! Where this could've been a great dark new adult story, it fell completely flat on its ass. The hero is a jerk, not even likeable. His connection and attraction to the heroine doesn't make sense to me as there is no relationship development other than her bumping into him, then him running into her at a crime scene (yes, he's a hit man remember?) where he's doing his job and spares her life because he's obsessed/infatuated. Then all of a sudden they are getting hot and heavy just days after that?
So while my brain couldn't wrap itself around the fact that the HEA was believable due to the circumstances in the book (no spoilers here!)...the ending was even worst. Like a bad soap opera where things get so tangled and then big reveals happen that you can't help but roll your eyes at it all. This book was a melting pot of cliches, and a few commas short of the mark.
I really couldn't find one redeeming quality to this. No, not even the sex. And this makes me sad because I went in really wanting to like it!(less)
Here’s the thing about covers…they CAN be misleading. I saw this cover and immediately thought “hot biker book”. And although our hero rides a bike,...more
Here’s the thing about covers…they CAN be misleading. I saw this cover and immediately thought “hot biker book”. And although our hero rides a bike, this is not an MC romance. It is however, a family centered story. And I do enjoy those quite a bit (even more so than MC books). This book spins off from the series SPIRAL OF BLISS, being the story about Professor Dean West’s brother. Since this was my first read by this author, I missed out on some background because I didn’t read the previous books. However, I think this worked very well as a standalone. And as much as I thought Dean was interesting enough, I actually have no desire to go back and read his story.
But back to the brother, Archer West is a self proclaimed bad boy and the family black sheep. That might because he’s not 100% really part of the family. Archer’s brother, Dean, takes the rose colored glasses off of him at an early age, revealing he has a different father. And he’s the product of their mother stepping out and cheating on her husband. Archer has never been able to recover from that. He’s been a loose cannon ever since.
He is just misunderstood and needs some love. I liked him pretty quickly because he shows a caring side. One that is still looking for acceptance and love, and still tries to show that he cares for his family. Kelsey on the other hand is an atmospheric scientist, ex storm chaser and current University Professor. She has become this tough chick because of her past and she’s made something of herself. Now thinking that the grown up thing to do is giving up her passion for chasing storms and just working behind the scenes back from University.
I think that both characters could’ve been more. I liked Archer more than I liked Kelsey, to be honest, but I think they were both wishy washy and a bit weak. Their dialogue felt scripted at times. But what really got me ready to pull my hair out? The indecisiveness of both characters!!! The constant back and forth. The “I can’t be with you because of this and that … Ok I’ll leave… What do you mean? You’re giving up so easy?” behavior. Mostly on the heroine’s part. It happened once, it happened twice, it kept happening. I wanted to beat some sense into her! With a wooden spoon! Then it was contagious and other characters were doing it. Arghhhhhh Putting that aside, I did find Kelsey and Archer somewhat entertaining as a couple. They were just not memorable.
I loved the original concept of incorporating storm research into this book. It made it original and interesting for me and probably was my absolute favorite thing about the book. That and the small details that were key moments in the Archer/Dean brotherly dynamics as well as the Archer/Kelsey relationship building. There were so many cute moments (the tree house, the nickname, the coin, the comic book…), even if some of them could also be cheesy. Loved those!
I feel bad classifying this as new adult because by definition I think these two are older and should fall under just contemporary romance, but their maturity level? Yeah, just wasn’t there. As far as this being erotic romance? I think everyone has different ideas on what they consider erotic romance and what just falls on a sexy contemporary. So lets call this one sexy and lets leave it at that.