Sadly disappointing, I was expecting great things after the many recommendations I read.
The third person limited point of view was very... limiting. ISadly disappointing, I was expecting great things after the many recommendations I read.
The third person limited point of view was very... limiting. I was dying to know any of the other characters' thoughts. Dan's thoughts in particular I would have appreciated since he spoke so little and Selena didn't understand him at all.
I started out liking the book a bit more but once the romance started I got kind of angry. It's ok for Dan to force sex on her because he's hot but not ok for the bad guy because she "has a creepy feeling" about him? Uhm, anything that is not yes is no and I thought the whole point was that these people were supposed to get that. I think if I had read Dan's thoughts then this wouldn't have bothered me so much, but the whole overcome-by-my-uncontrollable-lust thing just wasn't clear to me.
Selena was kind of irritating. Way too much time was spent on her analyzing herself. As a reader I would have rather come to these conclusions on my own.
The side characters all blended together and I didn't have a clear mental picture of anyone but Selena. Also a romance novel hero named Dan.... What kind of name is that? It makes me think guy-at-the-office not hot-military-trained-survivalist.
All that said, it was a clean read and probably better than most self published stuff out there....more
This was an unusual little post apocalyptic book. It is set a few years after an asteroid has hit earth. A community was constructed underground beforThis was an unusual little post apocalyptic book. It is set a few years after an asteroid has hit earth. A community was constructed underground before the asteroid hit and there was a lottery to determine who went to the community. People were allowed to bring spouses and children but everyone else left outside died when the asteroid hit. This underground community, called Sanctuary, is run by a Committee that controls every aspect of the residents' lives - even assigning them in matches to find life partners. At the beginning of the book the heroine, Leah, has just been rejected by her sixth match.
For the most part I really liked this book. The setting was very convincing and the details were well thought out. The romance was also paced pretty well and developed naturally through the book. Just enough details about the suspicious nature of the Committee were sprinkled in to keep you guessing as the book progressed.
James and Leah were both very likeable characters. They were very real feeling, and aside from Leah's empathy, seemed very average and easy to relate to. It was easy to imagine them and their circle of friends. I really liked that so much of the book was so realistic. I didn't particularly like one of the reveals at the end though because I thought it took away from the realism. (view spoiler)[I didn't like the explanation for Leah's empathy. I thought it was a little far out there and it was not something I saw coming at all. I didn't even think it really needed any sort of explanation - it is a futuristic book, I could easily believe that some people have changed enough to have these abilities. It didn't need a fantasy-based explanation. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was definitely worth the time to read. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Cute book. Taye was adorable and I loved his "plan" for sleeping with Carla. I also loved the hilariously purple prose he was quoting to her. This wasCute book. Taye was adorable and I loved his "plan" for sleeping with Carla. I also loved the hilariously purple prose he was quoting to her. This was my favorite scene and I was laughing through the whole thing:
(view spoiler)[ “Taye?” “Hush. Let me look at you. This is so beautiful. I’ve never seen a woman’s … What did they call it in those books? Pussy?” Carla choked. “What kind of books have you been reading? Never mind,” she said hastily. “Quit staring at me and let me go. Kiss me some more.” He held her legs further apart and pulled her closer to kiss her, but not on her mouth. His teeth grazed her and closed gently over an ultra-sensitive place. “Oh, my God! What are you doing?” “Getting to know you,” he answered innocently, but a devilish gleam lit his dark eyes. “See, I’ve read about this, but I’ve never seen one or touched one, so I need to familiarize myself with this marvelous body. Here—” He flicked a forefinger back and forth over her. “—is your clit. Your tender pearl of delight. This is supposed to feel good to a woman. Does it feel good?” Carla’s half-choked giggle turned into a groan. “Oh, yeah.” “I’ll come back to that in a minute. First I want to explore a little more.” She felt his fingers part her and cool air touch hot flesh that usually didn’t get exposed to air. “And this is your labia. Or is that plural? These are your labia? They are like the castle walls guarding your prize. They are on the outside, but here, between them, is your vagina. One book I read called it the woman’s hot tunnel of joy. I didn’t understand that, but—” One of his fingers slid into her slowly. “—it is like a tunnel, isn’t it? And you are warm inside.” Intense pleasure overwhelmed the amusement she had felt at the ridiculous descriptions of her body parts. Her head fell back. “Taye, I love the way you touch me. But let’s save some of that for later, okay? Take off your pants and—” “No, no, sweetheart. It’s not time for me to let my warrior of love conquer your tunnel yet.” “Your what?” “My penis. He will have to wait a while yet. We’re not ready for that step yet.” “No! I mean, yes, we are!” “Your tunnel is wet, sweetheart. Slick. Is it always like this?” Carla lifted her head to see his face peering at her with wonder. “No. I get like that only when you’re kissing me or touching me.” Taye pressed a gentle kiss to the inside of her thigh. “You are precious, a better mate than I had even hoped for.” (hide spoiler)]
I'm still amused by this and I'd definitely be interested in reading more in this series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more