Reader experience: Hmmm. What to say. I liked this...at times. This is my 3rd Rodale book, and while her stories/ideas are there her writing is veryReader experience: Hmmm. What to say. I liked this...at times. This is my 3rd Rodale book, and while her stories/ideas are there her writing is very very rough. And by rough I mean not cleaned up. The POVs and characters are not fully developed, the world building is an afterthought and so flat. The POV shifts are hard to follow where sometimes you aren’t even sure whose POV you are reading about and if the MC’s are speaking in hypothetical or describing something that is actually happening. The number of times this happened to me while reading was countless. Everything just blurs and blends together. There seems to be a whole lot of telling rather than showing. The long winded repetitive inner monologues just dragged everything down especially in the second half with all the repetitive info dumping. How many times do I need to be reminded that the marriage contract has been signed? Or what good honorable gentlemen do? I mean... enough.
Similar to her other books, there were weird grammar choices and typos and use of modern language. I felt there wasn’t much thought put into the world building and correct language for a Regency era. There was a very good attempt at it, but it came off very very forced and thin. I think a big part of that had to do with the limited range of expressions and words used. Dear Rodale: if you want to make the dialogue sound formal and somewhat historically accurate, there are plenty of other words besides ‘upon’ to describe action. The number of times the word upon is used in here is insane and most of the time very clunky. This kinda drove me crazy because it kept popping up everywhere and used so awkwardly. Also the dramatic dialogue almost straddles to juvenile and hammy in some areas. But the most distracting and annoying thing are the endless repetitive lists and giving titles to the most absurd & silly things. Ex: The One, a Good Man, a Serious Discussion, a Civilized Gentleman, a Noble Sacrifice, Writing Girl Sophie ...etc. so on and so on. What was the point of this? Add a dramatic flare? Not necessary. By far probably the weirdest writing quirk I’ve seen so far. It just didn’t add anything or make sense in the context it’s used.
I guess if it wasn't for the writing I would have enjoyed it more. No that's a lie. The bullheaded stubborn stiff-lipped hero Brandon got on my nerves too. This guy really needed to unclench and stop talking in circles. I found some of the reasons why nobody wanted to put an end to the 'Wedding of the Year' too much and could easily have been resolved. Brandon played dramatic martyr too much for my liking, at one point even saying his decision would effect his decision making in parliament and England will fall apart if he makes one selfish decision in following his heart. Good grief. I liked him enough in the beginning and he has great chemistry with the heroine but he really tested my patience with how long it took him to actually accept and admit he is marrying the wrong girl and in love with Sophie. I needed him or at least his shy, dutiful fiance Clarissa to SPEAK UP and say something. I actually liked the triangle here and the difficult situation all parties involved deal with. Sure Sophie is falling for an unavailable guy but she took into consideration Clarissa's feelings or I should say non feelings so it didn't bother me. I saw some readers were conflicted over her actions/feelings given her own history with being cheated on and jilted, but in this case the hero's fiance has no feelings for the hero and falls in love with someone else herself and Clarissa is very aware of what's going on and doesn't seem to care and befriends Sophie in the process so I can't really be angry with Sophie. *shrug* But the endless sighing and 'oh isn't he the BEST' mooning did get to be too much but the MCs had chemistry, I just wish the intimate moments were shown more rather than told. ...more
She knew without a doubt there were more chapters of Jack to read. And she wanted to rea
*Review up!* (finally) 4.5 stars
She knew without a doubt there were more chapters of Jack to read. And she wanted to read them. To devour them. The craving for that knowledge was so strong she ached with it.
Oh this was delicious and sweet for so many reasons. Jack Monaghan I WANT TO MARRY YOU! Lawd Moses I can't tell you how much I adored this character. He's sex on a stick and his backstory makes you want to hug him and never evah let him go. I don't even know where to begin with this. Once again Yates supreme handling of prose, well evolved characters and adorable, fun, sexy as hell couple just pulls you right in. The wordplay and comedic timing? Flawless. I could picture these two so clearly, down to the scruff on Jack's face and Katie's ever present ponytail.
From the time she was a little girl, running wild through the fields until she couldn't breathe, until the wind tangled her hair into knots, Jack Monaghan had amassed a whole mountain's worth of admiration in her soul. When the world had been bleak, he'd made her smile. Simple as that. And no matter how hard she tried to fight it, he still held his claim on that turf in her soul.
She looked up at him, a smile curving her lips. And he knew right then and there he would never be able to pull on Kate Garrett's hair in that playful way he'd done for years without remembering this moment.
It didn't seem fair that a few stolen moments could obliterate years' worth of history, but he had a feeling it could. Could and had. Or maybe 'obliterate' was the wrong word. Maybe it was more like mixing two handfuls of sand. One that represented their past and one for this. Put them together in a jar, and you would never be able to separate the two again. They would be mixed forever.
I loved loved the dynamic between these two. Sexy 'playboy' Jack who nobody takes seriously but has so much to give and always puts himself last, and scrappy sassy tomboy Kate. I loved that Kate was the only one to see him for who he is and I really appreciated how annoyed she was on his behalf with how everyone (including his best friends) kept selling him short. I've always been a sucker for older brother's best friend falling for friend's sister and here it was no exception. It's trickier here cause once again, these two shared a lot of history. Jack was always a big presence in Kate's life since she was a little girl. I loved how his biggest purpose and presence in her life was to make her smile and laugh when there was nothing to smile about. To see them go from the easy layed back ribbing of each other to awkward tension and awareness of each other was marvelous.
He was the fox in the henhouse. But even knowing that didn't stop him from wanting to eat her.
"Life can be a bitch," she said, hating the strident tone that laced it's way through her voice. "I've never much liked that characterization. In my estimation life is a lot more like a pissed-off bull. You hang on as long as you can, even though the ride is uncomfortable. No matter how bad it is on, you sure as hell don't want to get bucked off."
The hero and the couple get 5 stars without any hesitation. Why the 4.5 stars though? I was not happy with the blow up near the end and how Kate handled it. That was painful. It did not last long and when she finally realizes her true feelings and has her come to Jesus moment it was Hallelujur! Everyone has fears and thankfully Kate got her head out of her ass quickly. BUT. But....I just could not understand or buy her reasonings behind why she ran off scared. Seemed really hallow. Her inner struggle and self-reflection to why she is the way she is seemed a little all over the place for me. First it was because of her not liking any change, then it was because of her mom leaving her and her dad being a dead beat drunk, then because she was scared of turning into her mom, then it was because she was scared of feeling anything, then she was just scared of any changes AGAIN (even though the whole point of her asking Jack for help to begin with was to change). My head was spinning trying to understand her POV in this, I get the scared part but the reasons behind it just lacked coherence for me. I just wasn't buying it. Given how open raw and vulnerable Jack was for her I wanted a little more groveling on her end. The reunion was nice and wonderful but I wanted a *little* more. From Kate specifically. It always bugs me when one half a pairing gives more and the other shuts off, and this was the case here. But they were still really adorable and I loved them.
Overall: Addictive, electric, fun, sexy, magical, delicious, stupendous. Seriously I can't say enough about this series or its author. I just recently discovered Yates and I'm so happy I did, she officially is on my author radar and she has her own shelf now too. I definitely recommend her. Her characters even with their flaws are just so damn likable and relatable, her writing is so unbelievably layered, meaningful, witty and sharp. I can't even count the number of quotes I kept pulling out that I found myself relating to personally in some way that it just floored me because it connected with something I'm feeling in real life or dealing with at the time. Like HOW DOES SHE DO THIS?! Seriously is she a magician? Psychic? Her ability to draw out and describe human emotions so effortlessly and in terms that just click with you as a reader on a personal level is not something every writer can do. So yes I am a Yates fan just for that alone, besides all the other fun things that come with it. :D...more