Andie and Lucas are neighbors. The first day that Andie moved in, Lucas wasn't paying attention and didn't hold the door for her while she was carryinAndie and Lucas are neighbors. The first day that Andie moved in, Lucas wasn't paying attention and didn't hold the door for her while she was carrying in a box. He then laughed when she dropped the box in the lobby (she thought because he was enjoying watching her struggle, but it was really because of the potty mouth on her) and didn't think to offer to help her carry it up the stairs. This predisposes Andie to think he's an asshole and to treat him as such. As Andie has made the rule to avoid assholes, she's determined to hate her neighbor and avoid him, despite being instantly attracted to him. Lucas is intrigued by her and spends the book chasing after her as she works through her issues.
Lucas was a pretty charming hero with the patience of a saint. He was a reformed player and was refreshingly honest about all his past faults. His life changed 4 years ago when his sister had a baby at 16 and her boyfriend was a complete douche and dumped her when she was 8 months along. He saw a lot of himself in her boyfriend and decided to change his ways after seeing the other side of the situation (his sister). Since he hasn't been interested in anything serious, and doesn't want to be that guy anymore, he's been celibate since then. He's devoted himself to helping his sister and nephew, even at the expense of living his own life. Meeting the heroine and wanting something more with her threw him for a loop, but he was pretty determined early on to get her to open up to him.
My biggest problem with this book is Andie. She has a rule about assholes, which wouldn't be a bad thing, except she thinks every man out there is an asshole (except for two--big of her, I know). She freely admits to being a man-hater and a bitch and is aware of how hateful she can be. That makes her whole attitude much less quirky and charming than I wanted. This girl had issues. Heck, her issues had issues. She spent the whole book acting like an absolute headcase to hero and he just sucked it up and took it because he thought she was worth it.
I didn't understand why he put up with her since there was very little about her that made up for her attitude. She would be normal, although irritatingly insecure, but then someone would say something to make her doubt the hero--even though he'd been nothing but upfront and honest with her, even when it didn't reflect well on him--or she would jump to conclusions, and then she would flip out on the hero and run away sobbing. That would then cue an intervention by her friends or her brother and she would cry and whine about how he would leave her because she's so crazy. That was, of course, after she bitched about him and men in general and vowed never to trust him again before she finally admitted she was the one in the wrong.
Their relationship was exhausting and the author had a habit of skipping ahead in time in their relationship from one chapter to the next, which made the heroine's lack of growth even more grating. Months into the relationship and she's still such a psycho? No thanks. The fact that her friends kept saying stuff after she'd have a freak out like, "If he doesn't understand and can't forgive you then he doesn't deserve you" made me cringe. It's his fault if he doesn't want to be crapped on in the relationship anymore? Really??? Way to enable her behavior instead of giving her a reality check! Of course he always took her back without complaint. I felt so bad for him, especially when she still wasn't opening up and explaining what had happened to her in the past to make her this way.
I ended up DNF'ing the book at 80% because I was just so tired of the heroine. Even when she was normal she was still needy and insecure. It's hard to care about a romance when I was hoping the hero would find someone else he could actually have a partnership with. ...more
This was pretty disappointing for me. The overall plot of the story was good and if it had been fleshed out more I would have been happier. I felt disThis was pretty disappointing for me. The overall plot of the story was good and if it had been fleshed out more I would have been happier. I felt distant from the book and it read more like a sequence of events than a story that sucked me in.
I liked the idea of a PI heroine with a cop hero and them butting heads. It reminded me of the dynamic in the Holly Woods Files by Emma Hart, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like there was much emotion to the characters and plot. Things were happening, but there was no punch of emotion, good or bad. Even the dramatic moments, like a misunderstanding in the relationship or a in-fear-for-my-life moment, had a plodding, monotone feel to them. It was a real struggle for me to connect with or care about the characters.
Also, there were far too many unimportant POVs in there story. I appreciate that it can help give the reader a look at the bigger picture, but when I was already struggling not to skim, it was torture. I was also extremely surprised by one POV in particular. It just seemed like an odd choice in a romance. ...more
Wow, the author really managed to through me for a loop. In a good way, of course. I just did not see that coming at all. Bravo to her for completelyWow, the author really managed to through me for a loop. In a good way, of course. I just did not see that coming at all. Bravo to her for completely surprising me. Loved it!...more