The intentions were good on this one but the writing was amateurish and the main character Mark was pretty much a sociopath with desperate need of angThe intentions were good on this one but the writing was amateurish and the main character Mark was pretty much a sociopath with desperate need of anger management counseling. I like the idea of hate hate turning to something else but the physical attacks bothered me. Mark accidentally injures Sandy and he makes it everyone's fault but his own. When he's not doing that he's punching or fighting with Sandy on the least provocation.
He imagines Sandy Rogers is laughing at him or talking about him behind his back or looks at him funny or is taunting him and this leads to Mark either attacking Sandy physically or barely restraining himself from doing so. The way this story is presented it's not to be taken seriously but i get uncomfortable because the excuses Mark uses for when he turns physical against Sandy are the same one used by every abusive person who've ever hit their wife or their child, i.e. 'she/he made me do it.'.
Interspersed between all that, there were entertaining moments with Sandy, Mark their friends and family. The writer keeps it clean ( I think because she notes she's not comfortable with writing sex scenes). These are also young people maybe high school age & they never quite develop to maturity even by the end. I'd say an audience on the same level would be a better fit for this story. Hopefully they won't internalize that message of it's ok to hit someone if you're trying to avoid your feelings for them because that sounds an awful lot like a bully mentality. ...more
3.5 StarsThis is a rather complicated story with lots of drama that was originally written in serial form. We start off with Cody Taylor, a young man 3.5 StarsThis is a rather complicated story with lots of drama that was originally written in serial form. We start off with Cody Taylor, a young man living in New York. He learns that his grandfather, who he hasn't seen since he was 10 years old because his parents moved away, has recently died and left half of his ranch in New Mexico to him. The other half is left to a widow, Jase Mcbride and his son. Jase wife was murdered 5 years earlier and the killer has never been found.
Even though both of Cody's parents are white, he looks like a full bloodied Native American. His twin brother, however, is white in appearance. Cody has always assumed that he has inherited his looks from his Grandmother who was also Native American. When Cody & Jase first meet, Jase is instantly hostile. Cody at first speculates it's because of prejudice, especially as he sees that Jase also treats his son, Davy, coldly and his son is Native American in appearance.
Despite the initial hostility, Cody & Jase are attracted to one another. The story revolves around Cody & Jase and their feelings for one another. There's also a lot of danger around them that involve both Cody & Jase' past, Jase' son Davy and the mystery of what happened Jase' wife. There are mystical forces at work in the novel as well, as some Native American spirits seem to be offering some protection for the three of them.
Reading this as a serial, you'd probably have a different feel for this story. Reading as a non stop story, some of the drama & Native American mysticism can feel a little heavy handed, especially as we get to late in the story where we're dealing with Cody's nemesis. I still found much to commend in the story. Obviously some research was done on the area and the beliefs and there is even some additional photos included in the story. The story held my interest even when the drama got to be over the top. I'd recommend the story but maybe not read it in one sitting. ...more
I really tried as this was a challenge book. I can see someone liking this book, but that someone is not me. it just did not pull my emotions in aDNF
I really tried as this was a challenge book. I can see someone liking this book, but that someone is not me. it just did not pull my emotions in any way. He's a slave and he must do everything for the master, blah blah and blah. Pain is beautiful blah blah and blah. Hints of political intrigue but nothing happens for the first 13 or so chapters. Whatever. ...more
Long and angsty story that starts off when Jordan and Dan find each other at 15 and stretch out over a 10-12 year period. Different topics are tackledLong and angsty story that starts off when Jordan and Dan find each other at 15 and stretch out over a 10-12 year period. Different topics are tackled but throughout everything, Jordan & Dan's feelings for one another are the one constant of the story. If you read it up until the interim years then you get to the end of the story. The chapters that come after called the Happy Years, are like multiple epilogues and gives the details of the lives of Jordan, Dan and their makeshift family. I did get hooked on the stories even though it does remind me of some inspirational, motivational, moralistic story that's trying to impart some kind of lesson, the main lesson being about love and acceptance so it's not such a bad one to take away from this. The way everyone ends up working and living together in perfect harmony is probably not terribly realistic but it's sweet nonetheless. If you're looking for a sweet story about long lasting love this one will work, plus it has the added benefit of being free. ...more
This is a beautifully written story that takes you right to a certain place, 1980's Iowa & that time between youth & adulthood. This story ofThis is a beautifully written story that takes you right to a certain place, 1980's Iowa & that time between youth & adulthood. This story of first love & lasting love has a lot of heart. Wonderful!...more