This one was a doozy. And not in a good way. But not in a bad way either. It could go either way. Kinda Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This one was a doozy. And not in a good way. But not in a bad way either. It could go either way. Kinda like this story line. I just finished reading this last night and I really can't make heads or tales of this book. I'm not even totally sure of my rating. I'm not sure of anything pertaining to A Million Times Goodnight.
Since I don't know where to start with my review at this point, I'm just going to dive right in. This book starts off as one story. Then the plot splits. It splits?!? Yes. It splits. All of the sudden, you're basically playing devil's advocate with the plot line. Every other chapter, you switch between two different scenarios - two different ways that the characters deal with the beginning situation. Let me tell you how it read ... it read like the author was conflicted as to which plot she wanted to use when she came up with this book idea. So she decided to use both and she basically zippered them together. On the left side of the zipper is the story line involving a road trip and the right side is the story line where the characters stay in town. Then she just zipped that shit up and went with two story lines. That is the best way for me to explain it. A zipper. That's actually a badass description if I do say so myself. Anyhow, that's my take on the zipper plot. I don't know for sure why the author decided to do it this way ... it's a bit ... involved, to be honest. I found it a tad difficult to keep up with which side of the zipper knew which information at which time. That's the thing ... the left side will find out an important piece of info to the story in let's say, chapter 24 but then the right side won't find out that same information until chapter 35. Maybe my confusion was related to my having to constantly pick up and put the book down because we have kiddos and I can't just sit and read all day. Whatever my confusion was related to (I'm thinking The Zipper), it was hard to follow.
You would think that because of the above issues that it would be hard to keep up with characters as well. But that part was easy. It was almost as if you were able to get to know the characters easier because you were able to see them in different situations going on at the same time and learn how they react to things. Hell, I don't know.
It was a good story. It was two good stories. I would have been totally okay with McBride picking just one plot. The story would have been good without The Zipper. I would have totally enjoyed it if it was ... (gasp) normal. Some of my first notes on the book were that the wheel didn't need reinventing. And that is what the story felt like at first. Don't change something that works so well but then we wouldn't have new technologies and stuff if someone wasn't always trying out new things. That being said ... I would still be okay if it was written in the traditional way.
And then that ending. W. T. F. What in the world was that ending?!? Ugh. Le sigh. Confusing. That's what the ending was. I guess I give this 4 stars. I liked it ... kinda. I really liked it? Yeah, let's go with that. I think.
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I literally just had to pry this one out of my hands so that I could write this review. I won't waste t Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I literally just had to pry this one out of my hands so that I could write this review. I won't waste time making up my own little summary for it, I just want to dive right in to my review while the story is still so fresh on my mind. Before I say anything, if you know me, then you know that I'm a big fan of Sandra Brown. I have been for quite a while and for a number of reasons but the most important reason is that this talented lady has written a crap-ton of books and not one of them read the same ... they are all unique and somehow she is always able to surprise me in the end. Each time I read a new one from her, I always think that it is THE best book she's ever written and that no other would ever be able to top it. Well, that's what I think until I get my hands on the newest one. And then THAT one becomes the best book she's ever written. It seems to be a vicious cycle. Anyway, what I was trying to get at is that this one (Friction) is the best one that she's ever written. In the history of ever.
Let's see ... I know I need to discuss character development and all of that but it's Sandra Brown. Of course it is going to be amazing but I'll go over them a bit anyhow. Mostly because I want to talk about Mr. Sexy Texas Ranger Man. That's what I call him at least. But first, the heroine of the story needs to have a moment ... Holly is ... pure. That's really the first word that comes to mind. This lady was an amazing lawyer and now she has temporarily taken up a judgeship with an election coming up for a permanent seat on the bench. Holly is honest to a fault even when she doesn't want to be, she is clearheaded, she isn't one to be bullied and she is as sweet as could be. She's basically one of those "perfect" characters that I HATE reading about. No one likes perfect. It's a fact. But Sandra Brown took that perfect lady that comes in a perfect package and made her seem personable and someone that you wanted to be around. And it takes a lot for me to feel like that for a character because I like the screwed up ones so much.
Enough about Holly, let's move on to the shit-kicker (or cowboy boots for all of you city folks out ther) wearing hottie. Dear, sweet, baby Jesus. Crawford. Oh, Crawford. This guy won't take shit from anyone. He commands authority in such a way that even I was ready to go out there and check out those phone records he wanted. He acts like a mean badass but in reality, he's a softie. He loves his little girl with abandon and anyone close to him has no reason to fear for anything because he protects his own. And that was sexy as hell. I could really go on and on about him but it's already starting to get awkward.
I liked all of the other characters as well and not because they were good guys but because they were just written so realistically. You can't always pick out the good guys with Brown and if she can pull the wool over my eyes with multiple characters in one book, well, then she's a genius.
The plot ... so many things to talk about but I don't want to give anything away. I'll just say this, true to Sandra Brown form, it is a fast paced novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat wishing for more. I was so excited to read this one that I just flew through it and now I'm having reader's remorse. I wish I had slowed down and relished it a little more than I did. Oh, well. Can't get that back but I will tell you this, I'll be reading Friction again and it will be soon. I miss my hunky Texas Ranger.
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