**spoiler alert** Aw geez. Warning - this will probably be a spoilery review.
I had high hopes for this book after reading the numerous 4 and 5 star r**spoiler alert** Aw geez. Warning - this will probably be a spoilery review.
I had high hopes for this book after reading the numerous 4 and 5 star reviews. When I picked it up, I actually quite liked it. The concept was interesting, I liked Johnny from the start and fell in love with his character. I thought Rachel was sweet and kinda gutsy, but the longer I read...
sigh. I think part of the problem was that this book just dragged on for far too long. It could have easily been half the length. I don't mind long reads normally, but this one for me dragged on, mostly because I was constantly frustrated. I enjoyed some scenes, the humor when it was there, but after suffering through hundreds of pages of the Plain people being jackasses to Johnny and Rachel, I wanted to punch something in the face.
I don't mind tortured heroes. In fact, Johnny Cain's story was one that touched me, but the way this book was written struck no chords. There are plots and subplots and side characters, and although their stories were interesting they were also distracting. They had drama and passion, while honestly the main story was rather... lukewarm up until the very last few pages. The relationship was pretty much static, simmering at pretty nonexistent chemistry until over halfway through when suddenly Rachel was declaring her love for Johnny and after seeing a sheep get horny they decided to have sex despite the social ramifications for Rachel (who gets cast out of her family and community, which learned nothing from driving her brother to suicide the same way years before). The way it was written, I didn't feel the soul-deep connection I wanted them to share. Friendship, but not so sure about love, at least not on Rachel's part. I got the sense that Cain needed her and loved her, but honestly I wasn't so sure... why her? Why those two? If another kind woman willing to take him into her home saved him from his gunshot wound in the beginning, would he have grown to love her?
I just didn't feel the... uniqueness I wanted. I wanted their attachment stronger, more specific, more voiced and pronounced.
Towards the end I was irritated and in desperate need of an ending.
And honestly, it was somewhat of a fail. After some very lukewarm romance and the biggest turnoff of a sex scene, suddenly there is a fire, a shootout, Johnny accidentally shoots Rachel, but then behold a miracle and she lives. In like, literally the last page. It felt rushed, implausible, and unfinished. Especially in terms of Rachel's family and friends. I wanted some kind of confrontation there, but all I got was "you are dead to us" and poof.
The only reason why I'm giving it 2 stars is because I have a soft spot for Johnny, who was charming and fluid as a character. ...more
Beautiful. Just... Sweet characters. A lot of people complained about their passiveness, but i thought it was perfect. Glad i read it, but i'm lookingBeautiful. Just... Sweet characters. A lot of people complained about their passiveness, but i thought it was perfect. Glad i read it, but i'm looking forward to Austin's story rather than that of Dallas. Great characters, cannot wait to revisit my wondreful Houston. <3 ...more
I was severely underwhelmed by this book. Although it got off to a promising start, and had promising characters, it went down2.5 stars. SPOILERS AHEAD
I was severely underwhelmed by this book. Although it got off to a promising start, and had promising characters, it went downhill very quickly. In "Whitney, My Love," the previous book, I loved the warm, flirtatious Stephen. In this book, he was flat, boring, and assholeish. Apparently he grew jaded over time since all the girls wanted to grab his wealth and power. Or some lame excuse.
I understand how that would harden a person, but what annoyed me was the fact that the concept is trite and overused in general. It could have been believable, but in this book Stephen really came off as... a jerk. He lusted after Sherry, then lied to her, then his pride got a boo boo and he treated her like shit for a long time. Until he got a revelation, apparently out of the blue, that maybe Sherry is not a scheming, conniving bitch he wrote her off as despite her awful situation. (Amnesia coupled with emotional trauma.)
After which he suddenly decided he and Sherry were getting married after all, and they did. He apologized and all was well.
I didn't like the way he treated her. I also didn't like the way Sherry went from strong, willfull readhead to practically simpering at his feet. It was infuriating. That man needed to be slapped good and hard and told in no uncertain terms that he was being an asshat.
And that was all he was. Boring and annoying. But sexy, apparently, which frustrated me to no end. I would have liked to see a story with a character like the OLD Stephen, or Rafe, or Nicki for a change. Someone fun to read about, like Jason even. Not a sad excuse for a 'conflicted' hero....more