I'm conflicted about rating this book, because up until about the mid 40 per cents I didn't really like the writing, but after that point the writing...moreI'm conflicted about rating this book, because up until about the mid 40 per cents I didn't really like the writing, but after that point the writing became absolutely riveting, and I couldn't go to sleep until I had finished the book. So, the first part was a 2.5 and the second part was a 5++++.
I'll point out the parts I liked and didn't like, but regardless of the parts I didn't like, the story was well worth reading, and I will definitely look out for more of this author's books.
So, I won't label the bad and good points separately, I'll just write what I think as it comes. To start off with, I think I came into the story not expecting much, if anything I expected to dislike it. But I didn't. I thought it was okay to begin with, although it definitely had parts I disliked, such as the main character. I thought she was a 2-dimensional self-obsessed, immature cow. Her thoughts and actions really annoyed me. They just came across as stupid, especially when she wanted to make Ben jealous with his best friend. That was a selfish and stupid way of going about things. I really didn't understand why Ben was so hung up on her, nor Arsen, because she was a stupid person. Throughout the story, until her final miscarriage, she was fooling herself constantly. Like the time she kissed Arsen to prove a point to those two women talking about him. WTF??!!! That proved nothing, and it was just outright wrong to do. Everything she did to make points was downright illogical. She really shouldn't have had two men chasing her, she should've had men running from her stupid. Okay, I could understand Arsen falling for her, because he wasn't intelligent, but Ben was. Quite frankly she didn't deserve him. And having those miscarriages doesn't forgive her behaviour. I understand it would've made her go crazy, and I'm not speaking from a point of view that doesn't know what a miscarriage feels like. I went into a depression for three months after my miscarriage. The memory of seeing that blood still brings me to tears, but I never treated my husband as she treated hers. Her behaviour made that devastation even worse, because Ben was also suffering from what was happening, and even more so that he was trying so hard to help her yet she was continously rebuffing him. Okay, sometimes it can be hard to talk to your husband during difficult times, and his sunny disposition wasn't right for her right then and there, but her reaction to it, the total betrayal she set about committing with Arsen was disgusting.
Now, I'll stop talking about Cathy for a moment and mention Ben and Arsen. Ben was portrayed lovely. I really loved his character, but not his taste in women. The way he reacted throughout the story felt right. But shockingly, I thought Cathy's sex with Arsen felt more real. Maybe because the sex with Ben was too romantic for my taste, and the sex with Arsen, forgive the pun, had fire. Also, I think Cathy was more suited to Arsen, because Ben was too good for her. But what Ben wants is what Ben should get, again, despite his crappy taste in women.
And Arsen. I thought he was actually well portrayed. He was written well in the sense of his age and his spoilt behaviour. I did feel sorry for him at the end, because despite him deserving his outcome (KARMA is a bitch called Cathy) he was the one who came out the worst of all the characters, which was sad considering he did a very unselfish thing for Cathy, even though it was in his worst interest. Plus, he had two tragic things happen to him, which also made me feel sad for him. Although he was wrong for going after a married woman, ultimately I felt like Cathy used him. (view spoiler)[I hope the author does another book, but one about Arsen finding someone he can love that will make him whole again. (hide spoiler)]
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