Okay, so, here's the thing: I hated this book. Not for the same reasons many other one stars hated it. I didn't find the relationship between Shea and...moreOkay, so, here's the thing: I hated this book. Not for the same reasons many other one stars hated it. I didn't find the relationship between Shea and Clive "incestuous" or even wrong, per say. Shit happens in life, people fall for those they shouldn't, and I really didn't see how he was a father figure. A role model, yes. Someone to respect, of course, but not a father. Anywho, what pissed me off about this book is that this relationship was completely unsatisfying. It felt forced, for one, at least in the beginning. Seriously, how do you know someone THAT LONG and not even realize you have a crush on them? Let alone feelings that strong. The chemistry kicks in, kinda, and while I do get the heart fluttering moments how do you have that many and not have something happen? He pretty much tells her in his living room that he wants her and she's so dense she doesn't even get a hint. Shea has to be the most clueless person in the world to not get this.a
And let's talk about that sex scene everyone was so hot about leading up to the release. Yep, it was sexy, and descriptive, but do you know what it wasn't? WITH THE GUY SHE'S SO PASSIONATELY IN LOVE WITH. So I read a sex scene with a guy she eventually has to leave because he's an abuser but not one with a guy who calls their first kiss "Crazy stuff."? In fact, while it's alluded that they have sex at least once before the completely unbelievable split we never know for sure, and of course never really get to see if they have more to them.
Which leads me to Lucy. I hated her right from the get go. Frankly, I can't say I really liked anyone, but I really hated her. I didn't once believe that they were actually best friends, nor that she cared what Shea thought or felt. She was too involved with her self. And while, yes, losing your mother would be hard, and finding out your friend and your father were becoming involved, she was beyond selfish in the situation. Many will think I'm wrong, but you don't make your friend chose like that and expect things to go on as normal. At all. That was more screwed up than the Clive/Shea thing ever was.
I respect Emily's choice to have a domestic abuse situation. It's bold, and she does a very accurate betrayal of what a victim goes through, and even better that she had Shea escape. So this is where my one star would come from.
There were a lot of things that didn't need explaining and reexplaining that could have been cut. There was a touch too much football in it that I started to glaze over almost every single sport part because it's not something I know or care about.
But what really sealed the deal on this one star rating was there being ZERO conclusion. What happened to the investigation. Did Shea go to work in New York or else where? Did she get her old job back at the University? What about her and Clive? How did that go over with her mother? Or with his son who is hardly ever mentioned? Was there a scandal from the relationship? Is there a relationship? And Ryan? Did he get help, or did he end up in the tabloids as a wife beater? What the hell happened to these people I was being convinced I should care about? I will never know, and frankly, I'm not sure I care.(less)
I loved the story and devoured it in just a couple days. I would actually give it 4.5 stars as the only reason it wasn't a perfect 5 in my book is it...moreI loved the story and devoured it in just a couple days. I would actually give it 4.5 stars as the only reason it wasn't a perfect 5 in my book is it was more witty and smirk inducing humor rather than the laugh out loud humor of Fool. Still, a new favorite :)(less)
I could have liked this book. In fact I could have really liked this book, it's just that it dragged on in a few places, especially with description....moreI could have liked this book. In fact I could have really liked this book, it's just that it dragged on in a few places, especially with description. I really liked the back story of the original Guiletta and Romeo and how the author wove it in. I found Julie's part a little too twist and turny. It seemed like there were some things that came out of nowhere to drag the story on. Over all though, it wasn't all that bad. (less)
The only thing I didn't like about this book was the reminder of Richard Fitzwilliam being Georgiana's guardian. It made the relationship feel a littl...moreThe only thing I didn't like about this book was the reminder of Richard Fitzwilliam being Georgiana's guardian. It made the relationship feel a little awkward. Aside from that, it was great. Their relationship (aside from what I've mentioned) did feel organic. The issue surrounding Georgiana's past coming to light was done well, but as someone else said I would have liked to have seen it made a little worse if only to make things a little more devastating. (less)
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did Stephanie's first book. The beginning felt like it needed more back story, and it led to me being confused. B...moreI didn't enjoy this one as much as I did Stephanie's first book. The beginning felt like it needed more back story, and it led to me being confused. But that was only for the first third. From that point on the story became more engaging, and I wanted to know the answers as badly as Brianna did. If you like the idea of charming supernatural men, and prefer them not to sparkle, give this book a try.(less)
While there was a moment or two that mad me angry, mostly because there was a lot of obsessiveness that reminded me of all the things I hated about th...moreWhile there was a moment or two that mad me angry, mostly because there was a lot of obsessiveness that reminded me of all the things I hated about the fifty series. That being said, once finished, it all kind of makes sense. Well, sort of. That, I think, was the biggest draw back from book two in this series. I was actually willing Eva to end it permanently with Gideon because I got really pissed off with him. Looking back as to what exactly happens in the book, part of his actions made sense. It does involve someone threatening Eva, and blackmailing him, and in some ways it makes the behavior understandable. The over all story was good though, and excellent continuation of what had happened in the first one. There were fewer sex scenes in this book than the first, which (again) made it more enjoyable if just for the fact that they felt natural and not required to make the book.(less)