It was really good, but was just the first two chapters of a longer book, which is appears the summary is actually for, since only about 2% of what isIt was really good, but was just the first two chapters of a longer book, which is appears the summary is actually for, since only about 2% of what is in the description happens in this "book."...more
So...I'm being slightly harsh here, but I feel that most of the reviews go too soft on this book, and I want to counteract that a bit.
Basically thisSo...I'm being slightly harsh here, but I feel that most of the reviews go too soft on this book, and I want to counteract that a bit.
Basically this is a good book. There are some guys, then fall in love, or possibly were in love before, and then everything works out okay. It's a typical second-chances type style with a plot-moving case of amnesia. As in that's pretty much the only thing holding up the plot. Oh, that's not actually why the guys are apart for seven years, and it's not why the guys get back together, and it's not what causes (or resolves) the ultimate "climax" of the story line. So perhaps it's not a plot-necessary case of amnesia. But I'm not sure how else to explain any part of the story, so.
The amnesia also came with some speech impediment of some sort, at least allegedly because Robbie told us about it every other chapter or so, but it was never reflected in the writing of his speech. Still, it's nice that there was some attempt at legitimacy to his memory-stealing brain injury, even if it was poorly done (and seemed to be partly to mostly cured by True Love). ...I guess? Isn't it like erasure when you give a person a disability, and then don't actually follow through on writing it? or is that just shitty writing?
But actually, that bit about Robbie telling us about his impediment but us never seeing it? That was pretty much the whole book. Not blathering about being unable to talk, but just blathering about EVERYTHING. Robbie and Cash spent the whole book alternately pining for each other, and telling us all about how they feel, and telling us what they remembered, and telling us what they were feeling, and telling us what they wanted to do, and telling us and telling us...BUT NEVER DOING THINGS, just monologuing about fucking everydamnthing. I kept hoping that once the story started moving, they'd start interacting rather than thinking about interacting, but apparently that's beyond the scope of this author's ken.
But that being said, I read the whole thing, and I made it more than half-way before starting to skim and wonder why I was still reading, so I guess that's...something.
You know, on reflection, I'm not really being harsh with those stars, now am I?
Two stars: would not read again, am entirely ambiguous on whether you read it or not....more
I thought this would be terrible. 90% of books about accidental marriages are terrible, so I figured this would be awful. Holy hell was I wrong. Sure,I thought this would be terrible. 90% of books about accidental marriages are terrible, so I figured this would be awful. Holy hell was I wrong. Sure, there are a few thin spots, and a couple of things you just have to accept, but overall this was simply a fantastic read. Five stars, would read again. ...more
This book was perfect. It had two perfect guys fall perfectly in love with each other over the course of their perfect fake marriage. It had a few perThis book was perfect. It had two perfect guys fall perfectly in love with each other over the course of their perfect fake marriage. It had a few perfectly-timed outside influences set to perfectly add relationship development or character development so they two could become yet more perfect. They found the perfect house for the perfect price, had a perfect dog, a perfect best friend (who was the perfect emotionally-interpretive fag-hag), and at least one set of perfect parents (whom we were told hadn't always been perfect so we could understand how perfect they were now). All obstacles were perfectly overcome.
It was... rather mind-numbing, actually. I'm all for an occasional perfect story, but they really need to be much shorter than this one was. I can only handle about a quarter of this amount of perfection before my eyes roll out of my head....more
This was a terrible book. But I love terrible books, so I guess that's on me.
The characters were a very typical alpha-alpha-omgea threesome, but withThis was a terrible book. But I love terrible books, so I guess that's on me.
The characters were a very typical alpha-alpha-omgea threesome, but with as much hurt thrown in as the author felt they could survive. And thus, in a world where past abuse = character depth, I can't say that they were "shallow," and since I've never quite seen a triad of such horribly abused men, I can't say that they were "unoriginal." I can say that the voices of the two alphas were fairly similar, and that personality-wise they were all fairly cliche (the losing-his-family gay-for-you military man, the lost-his-family-and-himself hired gun, and the lost-then-maybe-found-his-innocence artiste).
If you summarize the plot, it sounds utterly fantastic and intriguing, but sadly, it was wrapped in so many layers of confusion between the changing perspectives and the changing perceptions that I'm still unclear on some of the details. And it always took second place to the romance.
And that romance? Because this is also a romance book, of course. It was...okay. The hurt-comfort aspect tugged all the heartstrings, and it was really why I kept reading and reading (so kawaii the abused bishies taking care of each other!). But really almost everything was done as inner-monologue (toeing the line between telling and showing), and each of the three men had to spin their mental wheels over every. tiny. step. of their relationship. Which, since their "voices" really weren't all that unique, got repetitive fast.
And then there were all the minor inconsistencies, and all the things that were sort-of written as inconsistencies, but then we learned a few paragraphs later that it was just a flashback or a poor choice of words on the author's part (like dismissive comments about traveling from Boston to Chicago that made it sound like a few minutes, and then later a mention of an airplane flight). Plus other minor-editing stuff that really ought to have been caught in an editing process.
Basically, aside from some w00bie hurt-comfort relationship stuff, there was really nothing to recommend this book.
Just terrible. The one guy was a perv who peeves on clients and employees and everyone he could put his eyes on, and it made me uncomfortable. SomeoneJust terrible. The one guy was a perv who peeves on clients and employees and everyone he could put his eyes on, and it made me uncomfortable. Someone should report him for harassment and get him locked up for the good of humanity.
Also, the writing was really awkward and clunky. Like in one scene a character would say or do something that seemed like a fine or normal thug to do, but then we'd switch perspectives, and the new character would reveal how much they hated what the other person had done/said/existed, but in such a way that I couldn't see the connection ever. Maybe that's not a good explanation, but it was terrible writing. ...more
It's a great book, so long as you don't overthink it.
It isn't so much that the mystery is superficial, but rather that it's improperly handled. I don'It's a great book, so long as you don't overthink it.
It isn't so much that the mystery is superficial, but rather that it's improperly handled. I don't know if the author was trying to keep the reader guessing and intentionally left out the foreshadowing that should have hinted at the conclusion, or if the author just isn't all that great at mysteries, but basically I was more irritated by the twists than impressed. They either came somewhat out of nowhere, or needed to have been constructed on a more intricate plot-foundation.
But that being said, I did understand the sort of story the author was trying to tell (the plot the author thought the story had?), and I enjoyed reading it the whole time I was reading it. I have a few post-story questions, but most of them didn't bother me while I was reading. And I have no regrets....more
So you know how sometimes when you read a manga, and you might forget to read each page right to left, so you still mostly know what's going on, but iSo you know how sometimes when you read a manga, and you might forget to read each page right to left, so you still mostly know what's going on, but it's really confusing?
That's what reading this felt like, except I was reading in the correct direction....more