Very dark. Very graphic. I really do want to finish the book and find out who's the culprit, but after only almost half way through, our female lead bVery dark. Very graphic. I really do want to finish the book and find out who's the culprit, but after only almost half way through, our female lead breaks down for I don't care to count how many times, I just can't. She's supposed to be the ultimate survivor, who's dedicated her life to solving the puzzle behind what makes one a psychopath. She's supposed to be strong, yet vulnerable because of her own experience. I think the author portrays her more to the latter description and not at all to the first and I can't help but feel super annoyed with this panicky, weepy basket case of a heroine. With this type of book, you have to be able to root behind the leads. When you can't, there's no point. DNF...more
This is a well-written romantic action, especially the action portions. The author has a very mature and realistic way in formulating the pursuits thaThis is a well-written romantic action, especially the action portions. The author has a very mature and realistic way in formulating the pursuits that I found refreshing. The chemistry between h/h is also palpable. I did believe reading their dialogues they're old lovers and in love. TBH, if handled a bit differently, this could be one heck of a love story, but unfortunately something was either too much or missing. What I found most jarring was actually the love scenes. I don't mind explicit sex scenes in general. I just don't find they flow with the mood and tone of this book. It feels to me like the author just girds herself and goes all in just to please the romance lovers while her natural inclination and talent are more leaning toward the investigation and action tropes. Those scenes thrilled and gripped me. Love scenes I skipped.
BTW, what's with all these frequent references to this engineering things? We're an engineer. We think so logically, we're so inhumanly awesome.... Seriously, this is what people imagine what MIT engineering grad think and even verbalize about themselves? During school, probably. A few years after graduation, still a chance. But ten years after and they still can't stop in awe of themselves? Umm....I guess they're really kinda special. 3 stars...more
Courtney Milan doesn't shy from what I consider unusual or unconventional storyline in romance. Sure, we see women's right (or lack thereof) being raiCourtney Milan doesn't shy from what I consider unusual or unconventional storyline in romance. Sure, we see women's right (or lack thereof) being raised from time to time in the genre, but I bet not a lot really get in the painful meats of it like this one little novella does. It's not very fun to read from the entertaining stand point, and I sure think it is even harder to write. I appreciate and respect this author for this quality. For the romance, I find it at one point very breathtaking in its potential to be such a devastating story of old love lost because of one single, yet so convincing misunderstanding. However, as it happens quite often for me with this author, something is missing that never propels me to give her story five full stars. After feeling so high and almost near tear when learning of what had torn the couple apart, the story and dialogue, instead of soaring, just go into a stall mode afterward. I don't know. I just can't put finger on it, because this is a very good, very hard-working, very brave author for sure. She just never thrills me like some other authors who are not as technically perfect can. I guess it's chemistry. For those of you who haven't tried this author, I recommend you start with all her novellas. I think overall they're superior than her full-length ones. This one is also up there. 4 stars...more