What on Earth does Naz find in Karissa? She is as stupid as they come and her abilities to hold up a conversation about anything worth talking about eWhat on Earth does Naz find in Karissa? She is as stupid as they come and her abilities to hold up a conversation about anything worth talking about equal zero. She is 18, for Christ's sake and the guy is 36 and has seen it all. At one point he even says to her he doesn't want girls, he wants to be with a woman. So what is he doing with Karissa?
The sex, seemingly shit hot, is described in such a lacklustre way it borders on boring. Apart from the fact there is nothing sensual about it - even though I recognize a certain potential, but it is never fully carried out - the kinks are quite a bit over the top considering the girl is so young. If I was asphyxiated without expecting or desiring it I'd be severely distressed (to put it mildly). There is no foreplay to speak of, unless you count him getting on top of her (or vice versa) as sufficient stimulation. The guy just enters her and starts pounding - and this is described as being with a real man, instead of a boy, wow! Not to mention the fact that they use no condoms from the word go and the contraceptive device they use (before she tells him she is on the pill) is coitus interruptus.
If a girl gets her sexual education from this book she is doomed.
Super unrealistic plot (I don't mind), the heroine is TSTL (I hate), the hero just my type (just add some sexual enlightenment, even though I admit he is perfect for the heroine). I am divided. I found it strangely unputdownable, still shook my head about myself....more
No angst, no drama, no conflict, if that's your kind of thing, you'll be happy. The only minor problem arose because the woman is a complete idiot whoNo angst, no drama, no conflict, if that's your kind of thing, you'll be happy. The only minor problem arose because the woman is a complete idiot who doesn't trust her instincts but automatically assumes the worst without letting the poor guy even finish one sentence to explain (even though he did NOTHING wrong). A pet peeve of mine, so I was not impressed.
Also you have to overlook the following: that the woman is in her mid forties, had three kids, but looks like and has the body of a sex goddess. That the hotel staff of a top class resort is the most unprofessional that I have every heard of. That the guy has never even snorkeled before and then dives down 12 feet to see some manta rays. Sure.
Now to a couple more details that most people won't care about...
The girls discussed Greece with Tom. He told them about a great little café they should try , an art gallery to stop at, and several other places they might like to see.
Wait a minute! Someone goes on a cruise around the Greek islands (I assume that is where they were going, there was not one specific location mentioned throughout the whole book, except the Aegean Sea, Tuscany and Bora Bora) and gets a recommendation for this café and that art gallery? Of course, just go to Greece through the entrance gate, follow the main road and turn left once. There you will see the café to check out. Greece is not some one horse town, it's a friggin' country!
"So, where are you flying today for your film?" [...] "Right outside of Germany. It's a war movie, not the typical type of film I do."
And where exactly would that be? Poland, Austria, Belgium? To name just a few of the places that are "just outside of Germany". WTF? Can you be a little more specific? Not that it matters one way or the other where the bloody movie is being made, but to call any country "just outside of Germany" just shows a lack of respect (and/or lack of research, even though to have to do any kind of research in order to get European geography rudimentally right is already sad in itself).
Those guys hopped around Europe as if it was the second best place on Earth (the best would be Bora Bora) and couldn't even be bothered with naming one specific location. At one point they are at a restaurant "in Greece" filled with "old-world" ambiance. Described as follows: "crisp white table clothes [sic] with blue napkins dressed the tables and pictures of Greece hung on white textured walls". Totally old-world ambiance, right?
Sorry that I am harping on about these details but that sort of stuff sets me off, and not in a good way.
I'm not saying this was a bad read. It was entertaining in a very unproblematic, angst-free way. If there was more attention to the little things I'd have liked it more, though. ...more