Dear Ms Hamilton. Can I ask just one favour. Can you please, please, please get off your pulpit and just tell the wonderful stories you are so good atDear Ms Hamilton. Can I ask just one favour. Can you please, please, please get off your pulpit and just tell the wonderful stories you are so good at crafting? I promise that your readers know you live an 'alternative' lifestyle, if we're still reading your work it means we, if not approve, at least are tolerant of it. You truly don't need to shove our noses in it several hundred times with each book. We know - there are people who live lifestyles that may not seem normal to us. We are with you on it. We just love a good love story regardless of the number/sexual orientation of the people involved. So as a reader desperately trying to stay a fan, please stop preaching and go back to what you're good at!
Having said that, this book may just have restored a little of my faith in Anita's world. I have to admit that this was my last ditch attempt to stay the course, if this had been as bad as the previous book I was giving up, but there was at least a storyline to this one, and Ms Hamilton brought back one of my fave characters - Edward, though sadly she is trying to emasculate him too - but hopefully he will prove tougher than her ;-) I'll give the series one more chance after this with the hopes that the trend of awful, long-winded relationship drivel will continue to diminish. ...more
I'm a little surprised by some of the reviews on this one. This book read a little like English was the author's 2nd language, or like it had been traI'm a little surprised by some of the reviews on this one. This book read a little like English was the author's 2nd language, or like it had been tranlated from another language. Many of the phrases and phrasings had me scratching my head in bemusement. I found the dialogue hard to follow at times, as the author didn't make it clear who was speaking. I honestly found it a hard slog to make it to the end of the book. I'm assuming that the reason for having three carbon-copy males (muscular, atttractive, protective, dominant) in the heroine's life will be explained in future books, but I didn't see the point in this one. I also assume the heroine being beaten to a pulp multiple times will have some bearing on the series as a whole, but it seemed like overkill to me. I'm sure her character could develop from things other than repeated beatings and severe violence. I did like the premise of the story and the world-building, and I'm sure it could progress well as a series, but I personally would be reluctant to pick up the next book in the series. ...more
Honestly if I hadn't already bought this book I would never have bothered finishing it. I found it really hard to get into, and the slang that was useHonestly if I hadn't already bought this book I would never have bothered finishing it. I found it really hard to get into, and the slang that was used for the inhabitants of Downside was so bad that I often had to re-read the sentences 4 or 5 times before it made any sense. I realise it is a way to show that they come from a very different background, but when it is so hard to understand that you have to re-read it over and over again, it throws you out of the story and makes for an unpleasant read. I did like the way it all came together in the end, and developments of the relationship between Chessie and Terrible, and I'm glad I did finish it after all. Perhaps it would have been an easier read if I'd started with the first book. An intricate story which requires some close attention to detail to keep in straight in your mind. I feel that Chessie's severe drug addiction is a bit forced, and in many places unbelievable, as she continues to act and react like a person not high on drugs - maybe I just don't know enough about drug highs, but doesn't seem realistic to me. ...more
I liked the fresh approach to the Vampire storyline, but it failed to deliver any punch. I couldn't really connect to the characters, and the story feI liked the fresh approach to the Vampire storyline, but it failed to deliver any punch. I couldn't really connect to the characters, and the story felt all over the place and lacking in detail. I'll probably read the next book in the series in the hopes that the characters develop more and the background story is fleshed out better. ...more