I loved the cover of this book (I think we talked about it on a podcast episode). I'm sorry that it was wasted on this author's work. After reading thI loved the cover of this book (I think we talked about it on a podcast episode). I'm sorry that it was wasted on this author's work. After reading this article, I will never read anything from Ms. Hale, ever.
Even though what happens in this novella is not my cup of tea, I'm glad that Grace seems to come to terms with exactly why she's trying to be successful at The Dining Club--it's all to make David happy.
She wondered how she'd ever let it come to this. How she, Grace, a well-respected theater director who'd been in the Sunday Times list of most promising new directors the year before, had allowed herself to be in this position. Tears of humiliation and disbelief filled her eyes.
"What's the matter?" asked David quietly. "If you want this to stop now, all you have to do is say so. That one word will end it all. Say 'stop' and it's over, Grace. You must choose to do this yourself."
"For us," she replied, struggling to regain her composure. "This is for us."
"But the choice is yours. Now do you want to stop?"
Grace shook her head.
"You have to say it."
Her tongue moved over her dry lips. She hadn't come this far to be defeated now. "I don't want to stop," she said clearly.
I was pretty shocked by Grace's words at the end, and I can't really say what else happens here without giving everything away. I'm pretty sure this was my favorite of all of the novellas, even though I didn't like anything that happened in it. One more to go....more
The novella starts off with Andrew letting Grace know what he wants her to hear. Grace questions him as to his reasoning for coming to warn her:
"Because I care for you and don't want to see you hurt by him. Believe me he will hurt you eventually. He doesn't know the meaning of love."
"And you don't seem to know the meaning of loyalty," she pointed out.
Score one for Grace. Fucking finally. Then she says stuff like this, and I'm ready to smack her again:
"David's very complex, and I don't pretend to understand him all the time, but I love him and I want him to love me too. The Dining Club is my only chance of making that happen. He's made that very clear."
Despite Grace and Andrew's very enlightening conversation, this was definitely my least favorite of the novellas. Some really gross stuff happens here, and we get to see even more of David's manipulative bastard side. Does he have any other sides? Oh yeah, the douchebag side.
"Just remember, if you succeed this weekend I'll be happier than I've ever been in my life before. That's all you need to think about over the next two days."
We also get a little more of Fran's sparkling personality.
Is it some kind of posh gym that you have to be invited to join? If so, and if it's expensive, you're being robbed because you don't look any different from the days when your idea of exercise was stumbling to the tube station early in the morning!"
She also asks--yet again--how David is in bed, and outright tells Grace that she'd "have him" if Grace didn't want him. Yes, after she's gone on and on about how much of a ladies' man he is and how he can never commit to Grace for real. I might hate Fran the most of all the other characters, which is really saying something.
Caress ends on a cliffie, but with a more-determined-than-ever Grace. Thank rob it's almost over....more
Touch, the fifth installment of The Dining Club Series\, begins right where we left off and ends on the biggest cliffy so far, and has Grace thinking that she wouldn't be opposed to Andrew joining in whatever is planned for later in the evening. Which. Whatever.
That's pretty much the way I felt about this novella's challenge. And the series as a whole. I still don't understand David's motivations--does he want Grace to succeed or not? He doesn't even know. He says things like this:
"Remember failure tonight means you can never return for the final test, and we'll never see each other again. Don't let me down, my darling."
But then he does his best to be sure she doesn't succeed, and thinks things like this:
...this time a part of him wondered if it would be better if he released Grace soon, by ensuring that she failed the fourth trial, rather than ruin both their lives. And that was what would happen, he knew it would, because in truth no matter how perfect she was, or how much he loved her at the start, eventually he would tire of her.
We also get a glimpse of a cockamamie plan set forth by two key players in the story, and more of Grace's friend, Fran's, whining and asking about the size of David's dick. I did like Grace slightly more in this one. Her jealousy made total sense to me, and I'm glad she recognized it.
There were still the things I didn't like, like the cringe-worthy words ("urethra" and "love juices" come to mind) and the douche-baggery in general. I also forgot to mention this in a previous review, but there is a "special lubricant" that's imported from the far East that makes me giggle every time it's mentioned. It's powerful stuff. Maybe I need some of that....more
The fourth novella in the Dining Club series has David questioning if what happens if Grace successfully completes all the trials--will he be able to give her his heart and allow himself to become with her heart? For the record, he's still a douchebag.
I like that Grace stands up for herself a little more this time and explains to him:
"Yes, because I love and trust you. This is totally different."
After the trial, which of course I hated, Grace finds that David went to a charity function with a beautiful woman, which I don't even know what to say about that besides I wish Grace would dump him and go for someone who can really appreciate her.
Like maybe Andrew, who seems to have taken an interest in Grace as well. But we find out in this installment that he's a manipulative bastard, too, so I don't know.
This novella seemed to have more substance to it than the previous three, but still not enough. And there was one tiny hot part:
"Don't you enjoy giving me pleasure, Gracie?" he asked quietly.
Crave, the third installment in the Dining Club series picks up right where Bound ended. This one has Grace's friend, Fran, warning her that even though David is a rich financier, he's got a reputation for being a ladies' man and never having any intention of settling down. I thought Fran was a total bitch to Grace, and I was surprised that she was giving her all these warnings six months after Grace started dating David. Fran asked Grace repeatedly if David was good in bed, and that was kind of weird to me.
We also see Amber, the girl that runs the Dining Club, explaining to Andrew that she's going to do her best to be sure that Grace fails so that David doesn't fall in love with Grace. David goes to the Dining Club to be sure everything is set up for Grace's weekend and is tempted by Amber, but decides to go home instead of having sex with her, which I liked. The fact that he kisses Amber before he leaves just proves how manipulative he truly is, though.
When it's finally time for Grace's next trial, she expresses fear to which Amber lets her know:
As always, should you wish to quit the trial at any point you only need to say the word and you'll be released from this room. Naturally you would then have to leave the Dining Club immediately. No one can attempt the trial twice, meaning this is your only opportunity to learn if you can take pleasure from something that your respective partners enjoy.
Which. I'm not even going to say it again.
I liked Grace the best in this novella so far. She actually asks what we've been wondering all along:
Yes. I don't understand how, if you truly feel anything for me, you can take pleasure in seeing me hurt. It doesn't make any sense. That's not what a loving relationship is meant to be about."
"I don't want to see you hurt," he said softly, one hand stroking her long, dark hair. "I want you to learn that immense pleasure can come through just a little pain."
"I don't believe that's true. It's cruel and you're being unkind," she retorted, on the edge of tears.
He bent lower, until his mouth was against her ear. "It is true, my darling. If you really loved me, then you'd trust me."
This one ended pretty abruptly, moreso than the other novellas, and didn't seem to end in a place that made sense. Pretty much like the rest of this series doesn't make much sense....more
Bound picks up pretty much right where Desire ends, and it's slightly more annoying.
Still an overbearing douchebag boyfriend! Still a girl who is willing to do something that makes her uncomfortable to win said douchebag boyfriend's love! Still a lot of gross words! Still an overuse of exclamation marks!
We find out that David has only ever brought two other women to the Dining Club, and Grace finds out (and passes) her first challenge. She also seems to take an interest in the manager of the club, Andrew, which was weird, but whatever.
I'm not going to mention all of the things I don't like because this novella is only 35 pages, and I pretty much didn't like any of them. I'll just leave you with this:
If she wanted to keep David, and after their conversation earlier she knew without a doubt that she did, then she had to go through with this.
"Choose from the first two."
Grace began to tremble. "I don't want either," she whispered. "I don't know what they mean. I don't think I can do this."
"Then you simply refuse the dessert, my darling, but of course you know what that will mean for us."
I'm going to keep reading, but I'm even less hopeful for a turnaround than I was before....more
I'm not sure what to say about this story. I'll start with what I like--the cover is absolutely beautiful. I love it and definitely want to know what's behind that door.
I'm not sure if I'm glad I did find out.
Grace, a young, up-and-coming theater director, has been dating David for six months. Even though she's not totally sure if it's love (or even if they're exclusive), she definitely smitten:
...he was the most attractive, charismatic and charming man she'd ever been in a relationship with. He was also an incredible lover, easily the most thoughtful and attentive one she'd ever had. Her pleasure always came first, and unlike other men who'd been in her life and bed, he never left her unfulfilled while he satisfied himself.
After a tryst in which David is a little more rough than usual, he tells her he'd like to take her away for the weekend to a club that is managed by his friend, Andrew. Once they get to the beautiful location, David asks her:
"I'm so pleased you decided to come. I wonder, would you do anything for me, Gracie? Anything I asked?
After they've been there a little while, David explains what the true purpose of the weekend is.
"This club isn't really a dining club. It's a club for people with specialized sexual needs and desires. They come here so that they can enjoy themselves safe in the knowledge that they're surrounded by like-minded people."
"Tonight you and I will sit at table one. If the evening goes well, and you want to come back next month, we'll sit at table two."
"Everyone gets pleasure from the dining trials. Sometimes people fail, or choose to stop something one evening, and then of course they're free to go. They can't come back to the Dining Club, there is only ever one chance to succeed at all the levels, but I promise you that women can get more pleasure here than they have ever imagined in their wildest dreams."
So. The idea for this story is very intriguing, yes? I definitely think so. It's the characters that I don't like.
David is manipulative and rude. He tells Grace that if she isn't successful here at the Dining Club that there is no future for them, but he doesn't promise that there's a future for them if she does. He doesn't tell her that he loves her, just that he could if she enjoys herself here.
From the moment David mentions taking her away for the weekend, Grace becomes a seriously annoying petulant child. Her whining about the requirements and what type of club it is take up half of this novella. Honestly, if I were David, I would have told her nevermind.
"You'll find out when we get there, but it's not a long way to travel. Better take a couple of evening dresses though, they've got a very strict dress code for the dining room."
Grace looked at him in genuine horror. "Evening dresses? I don't possess an evening dress of any kind! I've got some very smart trousers and tops, but..."
"Sorry, but it's evening dresses for the women, suits and ties for the men."
"Well," muttered Grace as she left the apartment and followed her lover to his car, "I hope it's worth all this fuss and money."
"It will definitely be worth it," David assured her, closing the passenger door behind her and walking round to the driver's seat. "If you like it as much as I hope you will, we'll go there again, so the money you spend on dresses won't be wasted."
Add the overuse of exclamation marks(!) and some gross words, like channel, and I'm not sure why I'm going to keep reading.
Desire is a very short novella--only 34 pages. I'm curious enough about the upcoming trials to keep going, but I'm not expecting anything amazing. I'll let ya'll know. ...more
I love New Adult, and watching characters make decisions that guide them from childhood to adults is one of my favorite parts about the genre. Hopeless for You had the potential to display that transition for both of the main characters. Unfortunately, it fell flat and left us with a watered down storyline and characters whose actions made little sense.
A week after proposing, college sophomore Ash Jensen's high-school sweetheart was killed in an accident, leaving her devastated and unable to even think of being with anyone else. Despite her parents' insistence that she be pre-med, she really wants to be a veterinarian and drags her friend to British Columbia, Canada to intern and study falcons. While there, she meets bad-boy loner conservationist Kade Gyllenhahl, who seems to be the total opposite of who Ash would ever go for.
Sparks immediately fly and there's definitely flirting going on, but a strict no-fraternization policy, along with both of them being afraid to take a chance, keep things at bay--until Ash and Kade end up alone for days after trekking through the forest to tend to some falcon habitats. Things happen.
...I wanted to reach out and hold her in my arms.
I could lose myself in those eyes.
I could lose myself in her.
It felt like I'd known her all my life. That I'd been waiting all these years to be united with the girl I was meant to be with since I was born.
When they get back to civilization, there's more hot and cold and then...the story ends. Pretty abruptly and with no clear idea of what's really going to happen or any of the loose ends tied up.
I liked parts of this book. The scenery was beautiful and Hill's descriptions made me feel like I was right there with them. The parts that I didn't like, however, far outweighed what I did like. Both Ash and Kade flip-flopped on the way they were feeling so fast and frequently, I thought I'd get whiplash. One moment they love each other, the next moment they have to stay away, one moment they're no good for each other, the next moment they want to get married. It was so much, even they noticed it.
"I don't get it. One second you're giving me a look like you'll eat me up and the next you're cold as ice. What is it with you?"
There are some words that I could have done without reading, like areola, vajayjay, moist slit, and labia. I hated her friend, Gina, and thought that her reactions were unrealistic, too. There were just so many things that didn't add up. This is without a doubt that would have benefited from having a professional editor. This book mentions having one, Bev Rosenbaum, and I hope for the sake of any writers that hire her that her advice was not followed, rather than non-existent. Authors, please get an editor who will actually edit your work!
The part that I hated the worst was by far the lemon. I don't want to spoil all the things, but Kade's knee was dislocated. Now, I've dislocated my knee twice and all I have to say is Kade is a better man than I am. LOL Add to that the fact that even though condoms were mentioned, they were only addressed as protection from pregnancy. Ash was concerned about Kade being a man-whore the entire book, and suddenly, they're not worried about that. There were some medical things that didn't make sense to me, like the fact that Ash knew how to make and effectively use a splint but didn't know that you're not supposed to let someone with a concussion go to sleep.
Like I said, the idea for this story was good, and there was definitely emotion with these characters. The errors and lack of clear direction just messed it up for me. To be fair, I think have an advance copy, so some of them may have been fixed, but it would have to be a lot of editing for me to recommend this book to you....more
It's shocking to me because I love this storyline. Innocent, almost-spinster girl and the bad-boy no one ever thought would1 star.
I hated this book.
It's shocking to me because I love this storyline. Innocent, almost-spinster girl and the bad-boy no one ever thought would settle down? Sign me up! Right? Not this time.
Right from the first sentence, I didn't like the main character, Ella.
"I need to have sex--or look like I've had it--and you have to help me do it."
Ella has had a thing for former military man Declan Stone and thinks that he doesn't want her because she's a sweet, innocent virgin. Her idea to fix that? Find someone to have sex with so he can see her as a woman with experience.
That thought process might be okay if this girl were a teenager. But she's twenty-eight years old. Ella's friends decide that she should sign up for a dating service to make Declan notice her. When he finds out what she's up to, he decides to check up on her. He's determined that he can't have her because he's no good for her, but he doesn't want her to get hurt.
"You're a sweet, innocent girl. those types of men will just try to take advantage of that. You need to cancel or whatever the hell you do to stop it."
Startled, Ella put her hand on his chest and looked up into his handsome face. "No, Declan, I can't. I'll be careful, but I have to keep dating."
"I said stop," Declan snapped. "If you're that desperate for a date, just let nature take its course.
You don't need a dating agency. I mean it, Ella, cancel--or whatever you need to do--now."
Ella shook her head, looking down at her hand on his chest. "I can't stop."
Visibly frustrated, Declan shook her lightly and asked, "Why? I don't get this."
Still unable to avoid answering a direct question, Ella admitted, "I can't stop because if I do, I will never have you."
He decides to "do her a favor" and have sex with her, but he wants to take it slow. Of course, even though he's up front with not wanting to be in a relationship, Ella wonders if it will be enough.
If by some miracle she was able to start a relationship with Declan, would it be enough? Would she be satisfied by the type of flame that had burned through them for those brief moments or would she eventually want more from him and their future?
Pretty much immediately after they start spending time together, she wonders where their future is going.
He was actually making jokes. He seemed almost happy. Could he need her as much as she needed him? What he was offering her went against everything she had been raised to believe. He was as good as promising her that there would be no future for them. Had she waited for Mr. Right for this long only to settle for Mr. Right-now? If the only feelings between them were physical, why was she so drawn to him? Was she strong enough to battle his demons and save the man underneath it all?
Ella isn't happy with the rate their relationship is progressing and questions if something is wrong with her. She basically manipulates him until he gives in and has sex with her. I mean, how dare he want to take things slow and spend time with her and take her out on dates before he fucks her. What a jerk!
With that being said, I would have thought I'd like Declan, but he was barely okay. He's a sexy military guy covered in tattoos. He also says stuff like this:
"Baby, I know you think you do, but it's just a big case of lust. If any man kissed you the way I just did, you would want him too. It's basic hormones and you don't have much experience controlling them yet."
He's overbearing and condescending. He covers her up twice when he thinks she's showing too much skin. Not to be too spoilery, he buys them a house without consulting her. And he seemed to be lusting after Gray's wife, Suzy, mentioning on at least two occasions how hot she was.
I liked Ella even less than I liked him. She was a whiny, immature brat. Instead of signing up for the dating service to "get out there" and meet someone else since she doesn't think Declan has any interest in her, she only does it to manipulate him into wanting her.
"I just wish that Declan would ask me out already. I don't really want to date anyone else. I want to be with him."
I felt like Landon insulted my intelligence with this character. She's clumsy to the point of ridiculousness, and she blurts out things like, "I'm a huge meat eater!" I'm sorry, but no one twenty-eight years old ever inadvertently says that. Ever. And her reaction after they finally have sex?
"It was uncomfortable at first, but then it was awesome! Since I'm a real woman now and all that, I think we should order a pizza to celebrate..."
Like, OMG totally and stuff. *rolls eyes*
There are other things that I thought were absurd. Both of Ella's parents and her sister show up in her room and find Ella and Declan in bed together (asleep). Her mother had a key for emergencies, and when Ella didn't answer the door, she used it to enter the apartment, which is understandable. But would all three of them rush into the bedroom to find out where Ella was? There were no "weird noises" or anything like that. It was just another forced scene in a book filled with other ludicrous situations.
I hated her friends; I hated the way his friends stood around gossiping like a bunch of girls; I hated that they equated Beth being pregnant to being too "big" to want to take wedding pictures. Don't even get me started on the crazy turn the story takes and the reactions of the people involved. I don't want to tell you what happens, but it comes out of left field and seems forced. And the end? Who are these characters? Declan and Ella seem to be completely different people.
I should probably let you know that I haven't read any of the other books in the Danvers Series. I felt like Fighting for You stood on its own, and I never felt "out of the loop" with anything going on. Luckily, fans of Jason and Claire will get some swoon, in the one thing I liked in this book:
"If I hadn't been your assistant, we might have never met."
Jason stroked the curve of his wife's beautiful face and said, "I'd have found you, never doubt that.
It would just have taken longer."
There will be more to this series, I'm sure, in the form of bitchy, incompetent Emma and her boss, Brandt. I won't be reading it, that's for sure.
I have a bunch of notes in my kindle about this book, and most of them are WTF?!? and lots of this is stupids. When I started reading Drowning in You, Erin either tweeted or texted me, laughing and saying she couldn't wait to see what I thought of this one. I wish I had taken that as a sign and just...stopped right then. Because this one is a clusterfuck.
The summary is actually pretty good. Dexter was operating the controls on the ski lift when Charlee's parents are in a terrible accident, resulting in her father being critically injured and several people dying, including her mother. Charlee has been in love with Dexter for years, but he's never noticed her. Dexter has diabetes, but he doesn't do a very good job of controlling it and frequently has incidents, for lack of a better word. Because I don't know how else to describe whateverinthehell happens to him. Oh, and he's wanted her forever, too, but knows he's not good enough, so he never tried anything with her, and now he can't ever even imagine a life with her, you know, since he killed her parents and all.
The plot for this story was dumb. First of all, I find it very difficult to believe that a twenty-year-old boy who was operating the controls on a ski-lift would be able to cause the total system failure that happened here. I looked it up, and when I realized that I was doing more research than the author obviously had done, I quit. Secondly, there was some question over whether or not Dexter uses drugs (because apparently, no one really knows he has the horrible diabetes! much better to imagine him a junkie *rolls eyes*). There is no way in hell that they wouldn't have done a drug test on the operator of the ski-lift right away.
Charlee is ridiculous and totally flighty. She's twenty, not sixteen. She resents her parents because now she has to help take care of her little brother, Darcy. They are insanely rich and have a maid and (I think) a nanny. She tells Dexter that he can "do" her, then go back to the girl that is basically his Friend with Benefits. Every Charlee-POV chapter ends with her thinking about Dexter killing her parents. Then, there's this:
So, what? I have feelings for my parents' killer.
I run to the bathroom near the pool house, hearing my cell pinging with notifications from Rosa but I drop that on the way because I can't stand imagining all the things she's saying to me. This house is so cold now and the wind I create as I dart for the shower sends chills over my skin. They settle on my bones and I'm shaking again. I turn the water on full hot. Steam curls and climbs up the glass walls. I lock the door, step out of my suit and let the water burn my skin.
I would just like to point out that she just dropped her phone and ran away and hid from it. Her phone. And that's when I flounced.
Then there's the supposed love triangle that kind of happens here. Dexter's best friend, Elliot, meets Charlee and is instantly smitten. Elliot tells Dexter that he met a girl, named Charlee. Now, I don't know about you, but Charlee doesn't seem to be the most popular name (especially for a girl) on the planet to me. Add to that that his best friend was involved in an epic tragedy that has left everyone in their small town hating him, and I would think that Elliot would at least wonder if this were the same Charlee. Also, Charlee has been obsessed with Dexter for five years. You'd think she would have noticed his best friend who is always with him a time or two. The whole idea that everyone wouldn't know everyone involved is just asinine.
And don't even get me started on her dad. Just believe me, you don't even want to know.
The sucky, disjointed plot, atrocious editing, and dumb character actions aren't all that I hated about this book. There are things like this, too:
I'd rather not see her now. She's a poisonous animal in my world--the type of animal who rocks bright colors and is utterly irresistible to other wildlife until the prey gets cocky and wants that stunning animal for itself and then dies from her poison.
I don't know who these supposed "beta readers" (Beth Horwood, Emily Mah Tippetts, and Lauren McKellar) or the "editor", Tanya Saari, think they are, but they should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this product to go out with their "professional" stamps on it. Really, ladies, shame. on. you. For the record, Rebecca Berto is also a "freelance editor." I would suggest if you were thinking of hiring any of them, don't.
Trust me, Fictionees. You don't want to waste your time reading this. If you do it anyway, don't say I didn't warn you.
I'm going to say right off the bat that I hate that I didn't like this book. I really wanted to like it, but--I just didn't. It was awful.
You guise haI'm going to say right off the bat that I hate that I didn't like this book. I really wanted to like it, but--I just didn't. It was awful.
You guise have read the summary, so you sort of know what this is about. The story starts off with Jaqueline, known to her friends as Jaq, who has been dating her boyfriend for several months. They've been planning the night they would finally have sex (on her sixteenth birthday) for quite some time, but shortly before that, Jaq meets Seth at a party. She's attracted to him, and that makes her realize that her feelings for Rick are not strong enough to give up her virginity to him.
That's all fine and good. I think that girls often change their minds about when they are ready to have sex. Considering that Jaq was only 15, I'm really happy that she decided to wait. What happens next, though, is deplorable, and I feel that the author really did a disservice to women everywhere with the date-rape scene described in this book. Before that, though, Jaq's mother gives her a box of condoms and basically tells her to "have fun." I was shocked.
Even after she has decided to break up with Rick, she still allows him to believe that they are headed to a hotel to have sex when he picks her up for their date that night. He even mentions using "a dozen" condoms. She leaves with him knowing they are going directly to a hotel. Not to the theater. Not out on a date. Once they get to the hotel...(view spoiler)[she tells him that she is going to the bathroom to change into something more comfortable. She is miffed when he gets upset that it wasn't to take off her clothes. He gives her a drink that has been roofied. I don't think that her boyfriend would have drugged her when he knew they were going to the hotel with the explicit intent to have sex. when he's done, he tells her that's all he wanted from her anyway. (hide spoiler)]
After that scene, there is a huge jump in time and Jaq is in college. She seems pretty promiscuous to me, quite unlike someone who would have a hard time trusting guys. Of course, I realize that not everyone is going to react to being raped in the way that I would think they would. But what I would expect is for her to have at least thought about what an impact Rick made on her life. We don't get to see any of the aftermath of her dealing with the rape, what she did or didn't tell her mother, or anything. Just...next trauma!
After meeting Damon, a guy she knows is bad news, she runs into Seth again and the two quickly become intimately involved. Then, with no apparent reason and no warning, he pretty much vanishes, and Jaq turns to Damon. Their relationship is pretty ridiculous and outright unbelievable. She tries to sort through her way in life without really dealing with anything that is going on with her.
I think that Lori L. Clark had some great ideas here, but definitely fell flat with the execution. There's drug use, date rape, domestic violence, the list goes on and on. But nothing is dealt with. Jaq just allows herself to be a victim with no thought or action to getting out of her situations. There's even an accident that involves a friend, but even that, though it's sad, barely makes sense in the way it fits into this book.
I felt no connection to these characters whatsoever. I didn't get a chance to root for Jaq to make things better for herself before something else terrible happened. I didn't like any of the guys she was with and honestly could not understand what Jaq saw in any of them, except Rick (the boyfriend at the beginning). It was a clusterfuck, to be honest. The ending was par for the course--shocking and sensational. Personally, I'm glad it ended the way it did.
Eden, an actress from the midwest, has been trying to get her sexy neighbor, officer Jay Bennett to notice her for quite so1-1/2 stars. This was okay.
Eden, an actress from the midwest, has been trying to get her sexy neighbor, officer Jay Bennett to notice her for quite some time. Since he won't make a move, Eden decides to ask him to "run lines" with her, using a made-up script that is sure to get him going.
It's kind of a stupid idea, right? Why can't Eden just tell him that she wants him? Coaxing a cop outside, pretending to act out a script where the characters practically have sex outside? If he's dumb enough to fall for that, I feel sorry for the citizens that he's supposed to protect. Add to that his overwhelming urge to protect her and that he feels that she needs someone more "vanilla" than he can ever be, and I'm cliché'd out.
This is a quick read, but save yourself the time and read something else....more
This is a quick read with a great idea behind it. Phoebe is photographing her ex-fiance’s wedding when she runs into Cupid. He tells her that he wants to help her find her soulmate, and if they aren’t successful by midnight on Valentine’s Day, love will cease to exist.
He gives her a file with details about Adam, the guy that they’ve determined is her soulmate. She’s met him before, and is all for that plan. Until she runs into his roommate, Cal. Despite the fact that Sparks fly between the two of them, Cal agrees to help Phoebe get Adam’s attention. What follows is Phoebe trying to decide between following what she’s told (and saving Love for the entire world) and what she feels.
I liked the idea for the story, and I liked the characters. I get that this is supposed to be a super quick read (it’s less than 100 pages), but I felt like it was wrapped up too quickly and the end was pretty unrealistic. I would have liked either a little bit more to the story, or a better explanation for the instalove, in the form of Phoebe being unable to stay away from Cal. I just wanted more, or why bother?...more
Heather meets Tony while participating in a speed-dating session that her friend drags her to. While there, she hasI flounced this book at about 12%.
Heather meets Tony while participating in a speed-dating session that her friend drags her to. While there, she has thoughts like:
What am I really doing here?
Sure, I might have a chance of meeting a guy for a midnight hook-up, but really...speed dating?
And that right there made me think right away that I wasn't going to like this book. I'm not into books (or fics) with girls who hook up with guys the second they meet them and then want to judge them for being slutty. He couldn't stick his dick (anywhere) in you on the first day you met him if you didn't let him. Just an observation.
This story alternates points of view between Heather and Tony, and that really was the downfall for me. I love male-POV, but only if it's done well. Readers should not have to check back at the beginning of chapters to figure out who's talking. Tony sounded exactly like Heather to me. And he used words like this:
...my aching cock wept...
The sensitive helmet of my cock rubs against my underwear...
...the swollen organ...
A bead of come leaks out the weeping slit of my cock and trails down the side.
Ew. Do you know a guy who would say this? Dude, you should get that weeping slit checked out by a doctor. js
Anyway, like I said, I flounced pretty early on, and things might have changed dramatically after that. I don't know. And I didn't care about either character enough to stick around to find out.
1-1/2 stars. It was almost okay. But I didn't like it.
You know how it is when you read a book that you love. You want more of those characters: their1-1/2 stars. It was almost okay. But I didn't like it.
You know how it is when you read a book that you love. You want more of those characters: their thoughts, their lives, any snippet of their histories or futures that you can get your hands on. That's how I always feel--I want more.
Sometimes, though, more comes at a cost that I'm not willing to pay. I loved Legend so much. I loved June and Day and almost everything about it. So when I saw that there was going to be more about their lives beforeLegend, I was excited about it.
Then I saw the price.
And the number of pages that you get for that price.
Now, I know that I have been having issues with all of these novellas that have been popping up. I wrote all about it on my blog. But, I'm not trying to be on a soapbox here--I am genuinely concerned that we are going to continue to get charged for stuff that used to be free. I know publishers (and authors) have to make money, but this is exactly the kind of stuff that used to be offered up as outtakes and extra scenes on authors' websites. Stephenie Meyer did it. Cynthia Hand did it. Kristen Simmons is stilldoing it. All for free. /rant
Marie Lu is an awesome writer and her characters display great depth of emotion in Legend. That fell flat for me here. First we have a chapter in Day's point of view. It's his first kiss. He is only 12 years old and kisses a girl that is described as mid-to late teens. It's kinda...icky to me, tbh.
A grin spreads on her face as she notices the way I'm checking her out.
This boy was hungrystarving and facing big trouble. idk, it was kind of unrealistic to me for him to even notice that in the predicament he was in.
The other chapter is June, preparing for her first day at Drake. She gets in to some trouble and vows to make a change. Her brother is as sweet as ever.
"Behind that brain of yours is a good heart, Junebug. I see it every day."
This novella did not provide any insight to these characters. The very brief history that it did provide was totally unnecessary. And of course, no part of this could be considered stand-alone.
Definitely not worth $3. (in case it goes on sale, it's not worth that price, either--unless it's free)
I've been sitting on this review for what feels like a thousand years, but in reality has only been since January lol. We were asked to participate in a tour for Blaze, and I was really excited to read this book. I really wanted to like it. I love comics and superheroes and smart girls and humor. I love swoony boys and high school stories and soccer. You would think this book, since it's filled with lots of things that I love, would be perfect for me. Nope. I flounced it at 42%, but honestly, I wish I hadn't even read that much of Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains).
Comic-book-loving, sixteen-year-old high school senior Blaze is enlisted to drive Josh, her thirteen-year-old brother, and his teammates around to all of their soccer practices and games. She doesn't mind it so much since she gets to check out their hot coach, Mark. Right away, I have problems with her line of thinking:
I try imagining a a superpower that wold reduce my attractiveness to pubescent boys, while inversely making me more alluring to uber-hotties like the cretin's coach, Mark. Putting out is likely the missing plutonium to that puzzle. I am, after all, the Amazing Super Virgin Girl! Fully flowered! With chastity of steel.
Not that I'm all that virtuous. It's pretty easy to say no when no one's even asking for it. I never took a vow of chastity, but I have a nun's reputation anyway. It hasn't done much for my ability to snag a boyfriend, but I don't really want to use all my time and energy working on a sluttier image.
I do understand that lots of girls have this conception about how to snag a guy, but I don't love it. I also don't love sending the message that the best way to get a guy's attention is to pretend to be interested in all the things he's interested in when in fact you pretty much hate everything he likes. And then to be shocked when he turns out to be a douche is just...juvenile.
And that was my issue with this book. Blaze is so juvenile. She allows her little brother and his friends to do things that are completely inappropriate. After a not-so-great date with Mark that includes mostly making out and a movie that she doesn't even like (which is, btw, his favorite movie ever), her thought at the end of the night is:
One thing's for sure, I think as I climb into the driver's seat, I've set my sights on a really super guy.
I don't get it. Anyway, Blaze goes to the mall with her friends lamenting the fact that Mark hasn't asked her out again. She's trying on some sexy lingerie when her friend snaps a pic and texts it to Mark. Surprise, surprise, he calls almost immediately, asking her out again and telling her to "be sure to wear that lace thing from [her] picture." Next thing you know, they're parked out in the middle of a cornfield, making out when he asks her to hop in the backseat with him.
"Oh, Blaze," Mark calls in a sing-song voice, and I know that if I don't join him I'll never hear from him again. I think of how desperate and empty I felt just a few hours ago. I don't want to go back to that. Ever.
They're making out...getting ready to go further, when this happens:
"You are amazing," he tells my boobs. Pulling me closer, he nearly swallows my left breast. I giggle and suppress the urge to point out that he can suck all day, he isn't getting any milk from these puppies.
And that's when I had to flounce.
I don't want to be too spoilery here, but I feel like what happens next is very important to explaining another reason that I hated this book. Highlight if you want to read it: (view spoiler)[She has sex with Mark in the back of the mini-van, after he asks her if she wants to stop, and she tells him, "no." He asks her when her last period was, she answers, and they have sex without a condom. She mentions it, and he says, "It's fine," and then...it's over. (hide spoiler)] I skimmed through the rest to see if things got better, and if she ever talked to the mysterious Comic Book Guy that she met at the mall and who had more in common with her. It's just more juvenile diatribe and ridiculousness. You know the rest--she draws a comic about him, he sends out the sexy pic she sent him, and there's drama.
Throughout it all, though, I don't feel like Blaze grew as a character at all. I didn't connect to her or care about any of them. I have talked to a couple of people who read this book (and liked it) and thought maybe I just don't get funny. Maybe humor isn't my thing. But I don't think that's it. I feel like if this book had been about a girl who was fourteen, I would have liked it a little more. Her attitude and thought process just wasn't consistent with someone who was her age. I also hated Blaze's friends, as well as their treatment of the girl that had a "reputation".
The one thing that I did like in this book was Josh. He was a great little brother--protective, but still dished it out to her. I wish he had been a little older because I didn't think his characterization was necessarily right for a thirteen-year-old. But, he was funny, and the shining beacon in this dismal abyss. I loved his friends, too. They were authentic and just like a pack of soccer boys.
I think this was supposed to be a coming-of-age tale where the girl realizes that she doesn't have to change who she is to fall in love with a worthy guy. I think we were supposed to see someone overcoming bullies and blossoming into her own person. That's not this story. Blaze is filled with juvenile meanderings and characters and situations that I don't care about. Don't waste your time on this one.