3.75 stars I keep flip flopping on the rating for this one. Loved the hero and heroine's story. The underlying tension, the longing and rumination of '3.75 stars I keep flip flopping on the rating for this one. Loved the hero and heroine's story. The underlying tension, the longing and rumination of 'what ifs' were subtle small moments, sprinkled here and there but nice and really genuine. If only those quiet crushing moments happened more often I would have given this a solid 4 star without hesitation. Those fervent moments were the saving grace for me in in an otherwise slow dragged out story. I'm new to Sherwood's work, she's a very thorough detail-oriented writer, it definitely shows. But there were some things that could have been edited down to make the story momentum go faster, this is a 400+ page book and good chunk of it is used to tell the day-to-day going on of the 4 main players. I'll be honest at times I did want to strangle the heroine's twin sister who is the golden 'perfect' sister who fusses and tuts over everything and doesn't realize she doesn't want to marry the hero till the very end. That kinda drove me nuts since it was so obvious since day 1 they had nothing in common. I would like to try other works by Sherwood but you need the time and patience to sit through it for sure. Also the hero's best friend, Thomas, a talented painter was a delight as well. Really liked him....more
Save yourself the time and energy and skip this one. The only riveting thing about this is the blurb. The unbelievably fluffy writing with bad grammarSave yourself the time and energy and skip this one. The only riveting thing about this is the blurb. The unbelievably fluffy writing with bad grammar, the thin plot, and underdeveloped wooden characters made this book a real chore to finish.
A Navy RN nurse not being able to figure out she's pregnant for weeks was a little bit WTF really? But her reaction to the news and reasoning for not adding it up was the extra cherry on top:
"Now that I understand why I was getting so tired, my breasts enlarging, feeling even more exhausted than usual, I can relax. I thought I was getting some kind of a disease or something."
And no, unfortunately she's not joking. As for the hero Gray, he can tell at first glance from across the streetthat the heroine is half Native American and was in the Navy and suffers from some kind of trauma. If that wasn't enough super SEAL powers, he manages to figure out a few hours later exactly what kind of torture she endured by merely looking at her scarred wrists. -_- Come on. There was no sense of suspense or realism in this book. Everything is just given away and we are told what the characters feel, how they are healing with their PTSD and how the hero 'sexually' awakens the heroine. The number of times that word is used in here scared me a little given the context it was used in. How in the hell can someone feel sexual? O_o Lost me. Some really weird word choices going on in here. And I'm not even touching the ridiculous 'villain' of this story that shows up and disappears in a blink and conveniently looks just like the Taliban man who tortured Sky. RME.
The author also had this really bad habit of repeating the characters names through 90% of the dialogue. Was she worried that we would forget names? We know who is talking to who there was no need for these verbal cues.
"I'm not sorry, Sky, about what happened between us last night. Not one bit." "I'm not sorry, either, Gray, but I don't know about today or tomorrow." "Sky, I'm not going to pressure you. I can see you're worried about it." "I'm sorry, Gray, but this is new to me. I don't know the rules." "We both agree to make up the rules as we go, Sky." "Yes. Thank you, Gray. I needed to hear that." "Everything's in your court, Sky."
MAKE IT STOP. Have I entered planet of the robots? "Why are you sad Sky? Are you happy Sky? Tell me what's wrong Sky?" Sky sky SKY! Dear Lindsay McKenna, nobody talks this way in a conversation. PS: Your author bio pic with the owl is super rad.