The Heroine is based in L.A and is an assistant producers, but just small budget films, she gets a call from hThe book starts on an interesting note.
The Heroine is based in L.A and is an assistant producers, but just small budget films, she gets a call from her best friend one day, who insists that she come back to her hometown to attend the said best friend's wedding.
Hero is a bar owner who was once a best friend-cum-almost romantic interest of the heroine's life. But now, he hates her, because she did not come home when he was critically injured.
That said, the book shows potential in the opening chapters, but 45% into the book and it's a down ward spiral from there on! The book becomes confusing. The events keep repeating, and there is this HUGE misunderstanding between the leading pair.
I mean seriously, these two went through so many emotional changes, and with such a speed, it confused me as to were they really experiencing that kind of emotional turmoil, or did they just have a raging case of Bipolar syndrome!
It's like he hates me-he hates me not.....continuously, the book was a sort of disappointing since the characters just went on doing some seriously crazy stuff, and I lost my interest in the book. it became BORING! Sad!
I can't read this anymore! Jesse is the definition of Hypocrite! Too controlling, also the the story refuses to move forward! ENOUGH! that's it. I givI can't read this anymore! Jesse is the definition of Hypocrite! Too controlling, also the the story refuses to move forward! ENOUGH! that's it. I give up! ...more
I had almost forgotten that this book was published on 21st December. I was going through the “listopia” looking for iDirty Red (Love me with lies #2)
I had almost forgotten that this book was published on 21st December. I was going through the “listopia” looking for interesting books, when I saw this, and I was like, WHAT ! DID IT COME OUT?, when I clicked on the icon which stated that indeed it was out.
Then my mind went back to when I was read “The Opportunist” and all those feeling that I had while reading that book came rushing back to me, I remembered how totally I was captivated by the train wreck of Caleb and Olivia’s story. After that, when I came to know that Tarryn Fisher, was going to write another book, I was excited beyond words, even though the book was from Leah’s POV, the mere thought that there was going to be more of Caleb and Olivia, had me smiling like a fool.
Back to present day. I started reading this book, and my excitement levels high, but then from the first page onwards, I felt my excitement level dipping.
Leah’s POV is good, I liked the fact that at least she was honest with herself, when she deceived people, she knew what she was doing and why she was doing it. After reading about her background, I felt pity for Leah. She knows that she is not shallow, that she only pretends to be one, so that she can manipulate things. But what I felt after reading the entire book was that Leah was indeed a bit shallow, she never ever stopped complaining about how things are not going according to the plan. Her constant complaining was sort of irritating me. But then again, years of pretending to be a materialistic bitch is bound to have some kind of side-effect. What struck me hard was how cold she was to her baby girl, that was plain ruthless and I don’t even want to understand her petty reasons for that kind behavior. What I understood from the whole story was that Caleb and Leah’s marriage was a BIG mistake and it was pretty much doomed from the very beginning. What I admire about Leah was that she is a fighter, who doesn’t give up at all. When she realized that try as hard as she might, she wasn’t ever going to win Caleb (technically speaking, she did win him from Olivia but in doing so, she objectified him and that was her greatest error). Had she realized that, it might have prevented her from the cruelty that she suffered in the book.
Caleb in this book was human. In the previous book, I fell in love with him, overlooking his flaws and giddy with romance over how hard he was trying to win Olivia back. But there are two sides to a coin, and this book proved that. The guy was obsessed with Olivia, he did everything in his power to win her back, but we all know how that ended. In this book though, I saw the consequences of his obsession with Olivia, he neglected his entire family, his wife and daughter included for the sake of one girl, and that made me think, that even though Olivia was his first love and all that, is this total disregard for other people’s feeling justified? The answer is No. I was mad at him (that was a first), for what he made his wife go through, the constant insecurity that the one person who is supposed to see only you, has his sight set on another woman. I would not wish that for any woman, even Leah. He knew that he was still in love with Olivia, then why did he go ahead and marry Leah, ruining his as well as Leah’s life in the entire process. That was just unfair. Leah, even with all her faults, deserved better. And when she said the last line about their daughter, she might as well have sucker punched Caleb, and through him, all the readers, who read this book.
Olivia was non-existent in this book, and I would like to read more about her.
What I missed in this book was the intense chemistry between Olivia and Caleb.
What surprised me more was the fact that Leah’s character was more fleshed out than that of either Olivia or Caleb. I wish to see more depth in Olivia and Caleb’s character in the next book and I sincerely hope that it will blow the first two books out of the water.
Originally 2 stars, but 1 extra for Lahn and Circe's chemistry.
I read the synopsis for the book, and the reviews about this book from my friends, oneOriginally 2 stars, but 1 extra for Lahn and Circe's chemistry.
I read the synopsis for the book, and the reviews about this book from my friends, one thing and how it starts violently and all that. And I have to admit; the starting of this book is pretty gory.
The only saving grace of this book, was the explosive chemistry between the main characters, and the fact that Ashley does a good job of explaining the culture of Suh Tunak. The said culture is primitive and very offensive when it comes to treating their women. But Ashley does not condone it, even though she wrote it, and that made the book readable.
Talking about the book…
I had a fundamental problem with Circe’s behavior. She first experiences lust, and then falls in love with the guy, who molests her continuously throughout the book. On top of that, she actually belongs to the world we live in, and yes, our world is not perfect either, but women from the world Circe belongs to command a lot of respect. And the women of Suh Tunak belong to the lowest strata of the Suh Tunak culture. How Circe adjusts to this and manages to fall in love with her husband who is not only a part, but a King of the said culture is beyond me. That is the fundamental problem I had with this book.
Beyond that, as I said earlier, the chemistry between the characters is amazing and about the only saving grace of this book…but there were times when I wanted to kill off both characters for sheer stupidity on Circe’s part, and the abusive side of the hero, wherein he falls in love with Circe, but actually gives her no respect.
The book could have been like MAJOR FAVORITE of mine, but every page had something violent and disgusting, so that knocked off the stars. ...more
Whoa…this book is something totally different! So much angst, frustration and heartbreak! It’s like a knockout punch!
When I started this book, it seeWhoa…this book is something totally different! So much angst, frustration and heartbreak! It’s like a knockout punch!
When I started this book, it seemed sweet and I thought to myself, curling up in a chair and reading a sweet book is exactly what I need for a relaxing weekend, but BOY! WAS I WRONG!!!
With each page Paul and Eliza’s chemistry gets intense, and then after Eliza’s(stupid stupid stupid) decision, the course of the entire book changes. At that time I was like “WHAT! NO! go back, don’t do it” and that was just part one.
The next part was filled with so much angst, given there were a few sweet moments, but with the wrong man!! Eliza!!! It was plain raw, the second part of the book that is. At the end though with the words “very bad” I was really tense, like I was right there with Eliza. And all the while I was praying, “please don’t let anything too bad happen to Paul.”
With those thoughts I started Part Three, and the first word, the very first word, stopped my heart for a second, it was like BAM in your face kind of shock, and I instantly went into denial just like Eliza “NO NO NO” this is NOT happening! This is SO NOT HAPPENING! Why why why!!!
And then I felt the first twinge of disappointment! Albeit it being a teeny tiny bit of a twinge, but a twinge nonetheless. I liked the ending of the book a lot, but it seemed rather surreal. If the author had stuck with what she had initiated in the beginning of the Part Three, and shown us the unimaginable agony of losing a loved one, and then showed that not every story has a Happily Ever After, but all we can do is try to cope, even if it seems impossible to move on! I think towards the end of the book, the author played GOD, and that made me knock off a star on what was otherwise, a first class five star book. ...more
Hey you know what? This book was surprisingly good, given the fact that it is a HARLEQUIN book. I do not mean that other Harlequin books are not good,Hey you know what? This book was surprisingly good, given the fact that it is a HARLEQUIN book. I do not mean that other Harlequin books are not good, but this one was better, almost believable, the characters were good, and the story had more depth than one expects from a Harlequin book. In all a good read....more