4 stars. This title would have been a favorite of mine. A best of its genre. Yet I have no idea why Kleypas ruined the pacing at the ending, drawing a4 stars. This title would have been a favorite of mine. A best of its genre. Yet I have no idea why Kleypas ruined the pacing at the ending, drawing an engaging and perfectly paced book out into a chaotic, boring mess of unnecessary information.
In the beginning, I was ecstatic while reading. The heroine felt kindred to me. The dry witty interactions between the H/h had me giddy, glued to the page. But the last portion... just killed it for me. It was one of those books which would have benefited by being shortened to maintain its charm. A book I adored suddenly turned into a book I was checking the percentage, wondering when it was going to end, and because of that, I feel sick, sad, disheartened.
Suddenly You was going to be one of my favorite books. Sadly, I'm going to have to pass. The first half was the perfect book for me, the last half felt unnecessary. The last 15% were paragraph-length scenes of sheer nothingness, intermixed with a few sentences of sex. I don't understand... *frowns* It's like another author picked the book up to finish it. ...more
I received an ARC of What a Wallflower Wants to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
I will preface this review by stating that What a WallflowI received an ARC of What a Wallflower Wants to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
I will preface this review by stating that What a Wallflower Wants is darker than most Historical Romance, yet still encompasses the feel-good, puts a smile on your face, level of romanticism.
Rodale gave a 5 Star effort in regards to the emotions behind those assaulted. Book after book, where the heroine's past is violent, the author will write the character 'out of character', actions and reactions belying their inner monologues. Meaning, more often than not, the wounded heroine will be too trusting, too quick to forgive, and a starry-eyed innocent who instantly falls in love.
Maya Rodale shined with the slow, patient trust that was built over time through interaction between the Hero and Heroine of this tale. Prue was skittish, afraid, slow to trust, and this was true to real human behavior of those who have survived a traumatic experience, making the book feel true-to-life.
Prudence was a real heroine: strong, just, intelligent- not putting her needs beneath or above those around her, but as equally important. Prue was courageous and inspiring- a great role model- yet equally flawed.
John was patience personified in a genre of stories where more often than not, the Hero's strength is through domination or status of position, not through the strength of intelligence, integrity, and physicality.
Both the Hero and the Heroine expressed how we should view people through their actions and reactions, instead of by their title or position. It was a refreshing change.
While the trust and love was built slowly, over time, and with great patience, this slowed the book's pacing down considerably. A reader who loves a fast-paced, thrilling read will be slightly bored at times, waiting for the action to start.
What a Wallflower Wants is more character-driven, story-driven, than by exciting conflict. Not that there weren't exciting bursts of action scenes, steamy scenes, and moments of great conflict. But it was interspersed with a slowly evolving storyline.
While above is my glowing review, I only have one gripe. I'm not a fan of 3rd person narration. I'm not lessening the story because it was in 3rd person. However, there were times where I was confused by the multiple POV changed ups on a single page. In the beginning of the story, it was cut and dried, who's mind we were getting a glimpse inside. Nearing the end, it could be a sentence, or a paragraph later, and we would be thrust inside another character while still in 3rd person. (I versus She/He versus Character names) I would have to reread passages to get a handle on who's inner voice I was reading. This was easier when it was just Prue & John (She & He). But when the other Wallflowers, their husbands, Lady Dare, and the villain were all thrust together within pages of one another, it became chaotic and difficult for me to read. Ejecting me from the story itself, forcing me to interpret or decipher who was whom. Especially during the final two pages of the final chapter before the epilogue. It was a just a mangled mess of YESes, intermingling single sentences of what others around town were doing. I was thrown by this, and I hope since this was a un-edited review copy, that this will be changed in the final published edition.
Burning question to the author: What happened to the fiance? I would have loved to know what happened to him after the highwaymen. While we hear of gossip used against Prue because of his letter to his mother, we never actually find out if he is still alive, where he is, or what happened to him. Why wasn't his mother confused at the appearance of her son's affianced, yet not concerned about her son's whereabouts? This was a storythread left hanging; one I'd like to read its conclusion.
Overall, I enjoyed What a Wallflower Wants. I'd recommend it to Historical Romance fans, especially those who need a bit of darkness, the raw reality of life, to combat the oft sickening sweetness that accompanies the genre.
I will gladly read more by Maya Rodale. Thank you for allowing me to read and review your work. ...more
What a title, eh? *snickers* In regards to the Harlot issue, it's more of a misunderstanding, a cuteness, than what comes to mind when you read the tiWhat a title, eh? *snickers* In regards to the Harlot issue, it's more of a misunderstanding, a cuteness, than what comes to mind when you read the title. I almost didn't read it. If I hadn't picked it up as a Kindle Freebie, I might not have. I have a thing about titles turning me off, or in this case, embarrassing me when they pop up in my feed or on FB & Twitter.
I gave the book a chance, not thinking I'd read long. Some time later, eyes slowly closing, I'd realized I'd read 75% in one sitting and it was 4 am & I better catch a few winks. 5 hours later, I'm quickly typing up this review, researching this author, and then I'm diving back in......more
enjoying this episodic series. Warning: 1 page is off on the POV. I had to read it over several times. In the H's voice, yet started saying "HE said".enjoying this episodic series. Warning: 1 page is off on the POV. I had to read it over several times. In the H's voice, yet started saying "HE said". Either the 1st person, past tense changed to 3rd, or the author was writing in the h's voice during the H's POV. other than that mixup, I'm thoroughly entertained....more
sweet. fluffy. 14+. accurately portrayed the typical, insecure mean girl, who is so flawed in her perfection you still connect with her. (girl who wilsweet. fluffy. 14+. accurately portrayed the typical, insecure mean girl, who is so flawed in her perfection you still connect with her. (girl who will turn into a bitter, emotionally stunted woman if she doesn't change (I'd read THAT)) the main character was likable, easily identifyable, and a good role model. the main guy was sweet, kind, and dumb in a teenaged boy kind of way. (grown men have this issue too) the conflict was his fault but not. I can see why he'd be intimidated by the beauty while unsure of the one he truly wanted. as for readers who get preachy; kids act like kids. look around at the adults in you life; they act even more immature, insecure, and their actions are ruled by both- just as our 'mean' girl in this story. overall, a very good book....more
Perfect for 13+. the pov is from the boy, which is a refreshing change of pace. while fluffy, gushy, & slightly sounding feminine (not 18 yo guy),Perfect for 13+. the pov is from the boy, which is a refreshing change of pace. while fluffy, gushy, & slightly sounding feminine (not 18 yo guy), the underlying message is great for youths & adults alike. a quick, cute, not too deep young adult romance that will thrill teens & the young at heart....more
The overall premise is amazing. What kept this from being a 5 star read for me is the pacing: the flow of information is very, very slow. With the BlaThe overall premise is amazing. What kept this from being a 5 star read for me is the pacing: the flow of information is very, very slow. With the Black Angel storyline being exciting, it's a strange feel to have so... stalled when dealing with other parts of the story. ...more
I read the novella from start to finish in one sitting. Overall, I was thoroughly entertained. I do have one major complaint. At times, I had no ideaI read the novella from start to finish in one sitting. Overall, I was thoroughly entertained. I do have one major complaint. At times, I had no idea to whom in which the dialogue belonged. I would read over a passage several times, trying to decipher the owner of the dialogue. Often times, the dialogue of one of the MC would be buried in the action of the other MC. My point: there was NO he said, she said in the traditional sense. "Hi," Ian said. It only said Hi, and I had to decipher who was speaking.
I highly recommend Kate Pearce to Historical Romance fans who are on the naughtier side. ...more
Cobryn's POV. I enjoyed a look inside his head. 4 star because it ended abruptly, and I wanted more from his4 Stars Adult Fanfiction: Status: complete
Cobryn's POV. I enjoyed a look inside his head. 4 star because it ended abruptly, and I wanted more from his perspective. I was slightly disappointed when the next book started & we were back to Alain.
4 stars belong to Quentin, my favorite sociopath. ...more
I'm not a blastphemer. I'm invoking the name of the Lord & Savior as protection against this u4 stars Adult Fanfiction Status: complete
I'm not a blastphemer. I'm invoking the name of the Lord & Savior as protection against this unholy book. Oh, Passhenette1, you need to find me if you read this review. You and I are soul mates in our perversions. I write some wicked shit, but I hold back what's really going on in my head. But I won't from now on, since I found a location to post what would be banned otherwise.
Once you get past the beginning of the book, the incest becomes not-so taboo because you're desensitized to it. I'm not one for gratuitous sex. *cough cough* So yeah, there was little else, and it was the most perverse sex on the planet, with little or no rules of morality <-- which is why I ate it with a big spoonful of sugar, and left my 'no gratuitous sex' qualm behind. Don't expect any females in the cast of characters. You start to wonder where the book is gonna go... more sex? Just end on a sex scene? Where could it possibly go? & then Quinton finally enters stage left and changes the whole motherfuckin' orgy on its head.
There is something wrong with me as to why I become weak-willed for the psycho in this tale. Quentin is like the unholy alliance of every single one of my lunatic, sadistic, abusive characters. So intriguing in their wrongness.
I. Am. Fucked. In. The. Head
Wow, what a ride. My ass feels sore, and all I did was sit on it as I read this ass-ripper of a tale. ...more