I have no idea how I got this book, but I gave it a shot. I'm not real big on the "single parent" romances because I don't have kids, haven't even rea...moreI have no idea how I got this book, but I gave it a shot. I'm not real big on the "single parent" romances because I don't have kids, haven't even really interacted with them, and I have a hard time getting into the character's head when we're so different. My life is all about me, I can't identify with somebody whose life is all about their kid. Not yet anyway. So I usually avoid these.
But this one was... cute. I enjoyed it. Though to be fair, I did skim a few paragraphs where the MC was just lost in self pity and discontent. And that was my only real problem with the story - the MC. Audrey (maybe Aubrey?) spent a year punishing herself. And that's on top of her daughter punishing her. It was too much. I'm not a fan of self-punishment, but especially not when you're already being punished by others. And not just others, your fucking daughter - which I feel would be way worse than that Chatty Cathy at the grocery store. She spends her time being miserable instead of enriching her own life, all so she can be 'better' for when her daughter finally decides to give her another chance. Which makes no sense. That daughter was still a minor and Audrey was still her mother - fucking take charge and verbally knock some sense into that child! It was pitiful, the way Audrey let her daughter treat her the way she did, like she somehow deserved it for messing up. No, no, no. That was wrong. And it basically made Audrey a doormat.
Aside from that... ugh... it was an alright story. It was interesting, but I felt like Audrey did the wrong thing damn near every time she had a choice to make when it came to her daughter.
Honestly, I wouldn't recommend it, but I wouldn't smack it out of your hands if I saw you reading it.(less)
I'm not even sure what the point of this was, aside from proving to readers that Nichole Chase absolutely cannot write a believable six year old. That...moreI'm not even sure what the point of this was, aside from proving to readers that Nichole Chase absolutely cannot write a believable six year old. That six year old was 20 years too wise. She decides the mall Santa is too hot, so she demands her father buy him a t-shirt to wear. And then she got slippers for Christmas. The end.
That was boring. But at least I only wasted 5 minutes reading it.
This short story, if you can even call it that... it's actually more like a single scene... is a prequel (I guess) to Flukes, which is actually a decent story. I recommend you skip this nonsense and just read the full book.(less)
I just read another book by this author (under another name) the other day and was almost horrified at how terrible it was. It was gross, poorly writt...moreI just read another book by this author (under another name) the other day and was almost horrified at how terrible it was. It was gross, poorly written, and basically just nonsense. I knew the author could do better.
AND GOD DAMN, SHE DID!
These aren't amazing books. They all have the same formula, very little drama, and though they're original, they all feel similar. Not complaining, just saying. But this time, the author really delivered. This was the best out of all eleven books in this series. She strayed from her usual formula and actually gave us some drama and interesting backstory. You get to watch the characters fall for each other and the MC grow. And in a story this short, that's saying something.
Unfortunately, reading this story without reading the previous ten would be kinda confusing. So I can't recommend it without recommending the whole series. Just don't read them all at once or you'll be sick of it by the 5th book.
So yeah, this was an adorable story. Zenina Masters' (Viola Grace) best in this series. I really hope her next novella is another departure from her usual formula, because she fucking nailed it this time.
I tend to skip reviewing these books because a) there are so many of them, and b) you already know if you're interested or not - my review won't sway...moreI tend to skip reviewing these books because a) there are so many of them, and b) you already know if you're interested or not - my review won't sway you.
But this one was really messed up. The author obviously lost her thread here and doesn't really manage to connect things very well. Things are moving along just fine and then suddenly it's like we're in a different book, the plot changes so drastically.
Aside from the dubious consent, we also get a scene reminiscent of the tree rape from the Evil Dead movie. No part of having sex with a tree it hot, especially not vines going up your hoohah. And then this creepy as graveyard kinda thing. It was horribly disjointed.
But the kicker is the fact that the author's explanations for how things are possible make no fucking sense. Plant splicing, being born from pods, etc. It could have easily made sense, but I feel like the author chose not to research it enough to form a coherent explanation. Though it's entirely likely that, since she releases 2 novellas every 2 weeks, she simply doesn't have time to research it.
This was probably my least favorite book of hers. It was kinda gross and poorly written. She can do way better.(less)