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I’ve been meaning to write this review for awhile. I was putting it off because I know I’m one of the few that didn’t like this book, and well, I hate saying bad things about novels, especially when I have nothing good to say about it.
I did finish it—so hey, that’s something—but I skimmed a huge chunk of the book. The writing wasn’t terrible. Keira Andrews has a style that’s very simplistic, not really igniting much spark, but still painting a basic enough picture that you get an idea of the characters and the environment. I’ve never read anything else from her, so I don’t know if this is a-typical of her writing, but I will admit, it was on the lackluster-side of things.
Going into Valor on the Move, I had high hopes. I love me some age gap, some forbidden love, and some interracial love. This book seemed like a tri-fecta. This is one of those situations where, when you think it’s too good to be true, you’re right. I’m going to try to break this down as succinctly as possible.
TL;DR: Did not like. Did not ship. Would not read....more
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I’m going to tell you right now that this book got shelved on the DNFR (Did Not Finish Reading) shelf. I grew so frustrated and angry with this book that I finally threw it down (figuratively) and gave up. I did skip to the end to see what happened and wasn’t happy with the resolve, so I stand by my decision with not finishing the book.
I’ve read K.A. Mitchell’s work before and enjoyed it, so I’m a fan of her work. But this book I just could not enjoy. I made it about 80 pages in (a little under halfway?) before I threw in the towel. Now I don’t want to say that my decision to quit reading was because of the quality of the writing. K.A. Mitchell is a talented author, and as I stated before, I’ve enjoyed previous stories by her, but this particular one just chaffed me the wrong way. On a technical level the story was great. It wasn’t the quality of the writing, but the characterization and the actual plot of the story I didn’t enjoy....more
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Through Adversity is a historical romance that tells the story of a British pilot and a German pilot falling in love. It’s the kind of forbidden romance that we can all get on board with, so I was eager to read this story. All together I was really happy with the book, but there were still some points that I think could have used some work.
The beginning was slow and it almost turned me away from the story. It took about three chapters for me to really grow invested. As soon as Valentine and Siegfried met, though, I felt an instant chemistry and was pulled in. While Valentine and Siegfried interacted naturally, some of the conversations Val and Siegfried had with others around them felt artificial and forced.
I was pulled in once we into the meat of the story, when Valentine and Siegfried have to trek across the countryside, not sure where they are, and slowly falling in love. It only took me a couple days to read the book. The nice thing was that when I did set it down (not because I was bored, but because life interrupted or I had to go to bed), it was easy to pick back up where I left, as if I’d never even set it down....more
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The Homecoming had a mixture of pros and cons. I think the biggest issue with the book was that it was too short. There’s a reason fantasy stories are long. It’s to allow ample room for world building and character development, to key points in the genre. The story didn’t allow for this. Important details and developments are crammed into a short number of pages, leaving you wanting (and needing) more.
J. Scott Coatsworth is talented. The writing was strong, with great imagery. The characters were intriguing and I was genuinely interested about the worlds, but for the majority of the story I was confused and wanting to know more—why did humans leave earth, what happened on their new planet, what are all these unique things they keep mentioning? How do wolves shift to humans? Why are there only certain wolves that do?
Aldiss and Hari had potential as characters, but the space the author allowed for them to grow and form a relationship, wasn’t enough. The romance felt rushed, especially since it doesn’t start till a good portion of the way through the story.
To put simply in terms of pros and cons:
Pros—Great writing. Interesting characters. A unique world.
Cons—A little too much tree imagery. Too short, not enough world & character development.
What I’d like is to see the author take the story and turn it into a full length fantasy. I’d be happy to see 90-110k of the world. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be about sex, but rather about the environment and the characters as a whole. If J. Scott Coatsworth did that, I’d happily throw my money at the story and buy it....more
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I didn’t expect much when I started Bear Wanted. It’s a bear shifter story, so I can’t take it too seriously. I did have some expectations though—basic ones that all readers have, including quality writing, engaging characters, and a sense of belief. The concept behind Bear Wanted is a really fun idea. I think shifter stories, when done right, can be really fun quick readers. They’re great for when you’re killing time and want something light to get lost in. Plus, some of them can be really steamy. I love bears. They’re cuddly and cute. I also like the other bears, the big burly men with a thatch of hair on their chest and a well-groomed beard (yum!). This story was supposed to encompass both of those things, and it did.
For the most part, Ms. Talbot’s writing wasn’t bad. I think the biggest issue with the story was that she took a story that needed to be more than 80 some pages and condensed it down, so her writing was stilted and the characters didn’t have enough time to develop a true voice. While Lane and Fin each have their own personalities, they start to blend together rather quickly, until neither voice is distinguishing.
I have to give props to Ms. Talbot though for writing an authentic first day. When Lane and Fin meet its awkward, but not in a bad way. It’s the kind of awkward you get when you’re meeting a blind date. As someone who has done her fair share of the online dating, I can say that she accurately showed how anxiously and fumbling those first few moments in your date can be.
Of course, after the initial first date, my belief starts to go out the window. Lane and Fin sleep together on the first date. Which, sure, that happens. But it was really random and felt rushed and forced, like she was trying to get the sex out there immediately to snag the reader.
Then there was the issue with the lore of the story. I wasn’t sure what was going on. Fin is not only a bear as in a big hairy man, but he’s also a bear shifter. Okay, that’s fine. That’s what I expected when I went into this story. But nothing is explained about shifters. Are they accepted? Does society know about them? Are there others? Ms. Talbot gives us a vague and convoluted answer, which only makes me more confused. So there are others, but not everyone knows about them…but they’re accepted? And then there are some people who don’t even know they’re shifters, even when they’re well into their twenties? Wouldn’t they have been affected by the moon? Or by a heat cycle? Or something!?
Once Lane started finding out he was a shifter (because he had sex with Fin??), that’s when the story really lost me. My sense of belief went out the window. Plus, Lane’s dependency on Fin and the abrupt way their relationship developed really turned me off. Their relationship didn’t feel authentic. It felt written.
The idea she had was good. I think if she’d allowed herself another hundred pages or so to develop Lane and Fin’s relationship healthily and to focus on world building, than this story would have been a four star story. It has potential, but right now it feels like a first draft....more
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Tirrell had a really interesting concept for her story. I haven’t read many stories about jinn or the Arabic/Islamic culture, so I was super excited when I found this small gem. It’s an interesting story, focusing on a scholar named Ilyas and an abused jinni named Namir. In the midst of their developing relationship, there’s a mystery to be solved about disappearing humans.
Tirrell has created a rich world, filled with fantastical creatures. One issue I did have was that I wasn’t sure what time period or dimension this story was set in. All we know is the city, but I wasn’t sure when it took place; if this city happened to be on Earth or a completely different original world. While she has a great cast of Mystics, I wanted a little more on where they came from, where the city was from, and a bit more world building in general....more
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Mia Kerick’s Love Spell is a quirky, entertaining read, and one that addresses issues that are drastically underrepresented in YA fiction. The main character, high school senior Chance Cesar, not only identifies as homosexual, but also as a person struggling with their own gender identity. That makes dating in a rural New Hampshire town a lot more complicated, especially when Chance falls for the quietly sweet Jasper “Jazz” Donahue. But to approach Jazz as male or female? And how to do either when Chance isn’t sure which one they are? Love Spell doesn’t necessarily answer that question and doesn’t have to; it is a sweet tale about love, friendship, coming out, and being true to yourself.
One of the best things about Love Spell is its humor. Chance’s voice is sarcastic and drop-dead funny, though sometimes overly flamboyant. There are definitely some great one-liners in this story–some that will make you literally laugh out loud. However, the most compelling writing is when Chance struggles internally with their gender identification. One of the best things Kerick does here is show us how agonizing everyday life can be for genderfluid and genderqueer persons who are still questioning their identity and gender expression. Chance serves as the perfect vessel to question societal standards on the issue, wherein it is seen as “normal” for people to be strictly male or female and “abnormal” to be otherwise.
One of the issues that I had with this story is that the writing is so strong in these moments of reflection, but weak in others. These quiet moments alone with Chance make us love them, but then they pull a complete 180 and make us question that; Chance is rude, self-centered, and can be extremely inconsiderate of others’ feelings. There is also a blatant stereotyping [of homosexuals] that can at times be borderline offensive. In addition, the language itself is a complicated issue, wherein the slang is overused (which will not only alienate some readers, but also not hold up well over time) and the swearing is simply ostentatious. Seriously, there is so much swearing in this book that I had to triple check to make sure this was YA. I don’t think I’ve ever read a young adult novel with so many f-bombs in my life. Though I understand high schoolers speak this way (for the record, I did too, and still swear like a sailor) but I think that toning that language down would have been a better strategy.
Another issue I have is the integration of the title in the story. The “love spell” does not even feature until the last 30-45 pages of the book, and by that point, it feels like an afterthought. I think that Kerick was trying to stick to the Halloween-esque theme she presented at the beginning of the book, but it fell flat by this point. The “spell” business does not offer anything to to the plot of the book except additional word count.
(My final comment on the book is a bit minute and silly, but something someone should have caught: honestly, you can’t play Apples to Apples with just two people. Just saying.)
Overall, the book certainly delivered in entertainment and touched on something very little YA is focused on now: the struggles of a genderfluid teen. But did it represent both male homosexuality and genderqueerness properly, without shaming or resulting to stereotyping? That will be up to the reader to decide....more
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This story was interesting. It’s a unique blend of family legacy, (light) horror, and erotica, creating a genre-bending novel that tells the story of mother and son. J.M. Dabney does have raw talent. She could set a mood well, and when the action scenes took place, the words leapt off the pages.
The reason I gave the story a two star review was because in the end, despite edge of your seat action scenes, I found the writing too confusing at parts, a lack of depth and direction to the actual plot, and the main characters annoying. I didn’t really support them in their endeavors, nor did I care if they lived or died.
While J.M. Dabney can construct a fight scene that will have you biting your nails, she also has a tendency to lose herself in the words. If you blink, you may actually miss a pivotal moment in the story. Any eye drifting (which will happen, because there are parts that drag), will mean you’ll miss an abrupt but important scene. These whiplash moments, blended with bouts of sluggish, unimportant dialogue or actions, makes it hard to focus on the story.
Club Revenge is marketed as dark erotica, but it isn’t until you’re about fifty or more pages in before you actually get a sex scene. In fact, Amora doesn’t meet her mate until several chapters into the story. This also added to confusion. I think a lot of the story could have been cut or trimmed, in order to make it a tighter and fuller story.
Description wise J.M Dabney edged that fine line of floral language and not enough detail. There were moments where the descriptions were abundant, but other times where I wanted a little more. I wanted to smell New Orleans. I wanted to feel the chill in the air as Amora prepared for a kill. A mood was never set, and it detracted from the ambiance of the tale.
There were several characters in the story. The side characters sparked my interest, but as for Amora and Ripper (don’t even get me started on his name), I wasn’t a fan. First off, we don’t learn about Ripper until a good portion of the way through Amora’s story. Instead of introducing him briefly in the beginning, he isn’t mentioned at all. If you didn’t read the blurb, you wouldn’t even know this was a family saga story.
Personality wise, Amora was an asshole with a capital A. She had a harsh and difficult life, I understand. She had some redeeming qualities, like wanting to protect women, but for the most part, Amora was a character who I couldn’t get behind. She also growled a lot. And I mean a lot. Every time you turned around, she was growling about something. I wasn’t sure if she was a dog or a vampire. It was really annoying.
Ripper wasn’t much better. He had more of a charming personality than his mother, but he seemed to make really rash decisions and I didn’t quite understand his problems. His arc was harder to follow, and by that point I wasn’t really invested in the story.
I think with a bit more editing and character development the story could shape up to be good. But because of an unclear plot and really annoying characters, I have to give this one only two stars....more
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Elle King had an interesting premise for this book. She took a classic mythological creature and attempted to give it a fresh spin. Ms. King is an unpolished diamond—she holds raw talent, but she still needs to be cleaned and shaped. Throughout the story there were brief moments of insightful and crisp prose that showed Ms. King’s potential. I suspect that with time she will develop into a very talented author. Right now, though? Her story, while having some bright spots, lacked depth, intrigue, and characters; all of these are required in order to create a gauging mystery, which is what Ms. King is marketing her story as.
As the blurb states, the main character, Rachel Wayland, is a police detective. At the very beginning of the story we’re introduced to a murder (sans gore). That’s about as far as we get with the whole cop drama. After part one (side note: for a story barely over a 130 pages, it didn’t need four parts), the mystery is set onto the back burner and the attention is turned to the uncomfortable budding romance between Rachel and Talis.
I think Ms. King did her research on how police procedures go, which was evident in the way she explained every minute detail of the investigation process. There were moments when the story read like an instruction manual on how to inspect a crime scene. Kudos to her for actually doing her homework, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to explain everything to the reader. It shows a lack in faith that your reader is intelligent, and also slows down the story.
Now the entire plot of the story is Rachel investigating the murder of “young people” (which is how every vic is describd), who are all gorgeous. They die by mysterious causes during sex (talk about a killer orgasm). The only lead is front man Talis Kehk, the charismatic singer for Phoenix Rising. Rachel and Talis are the main pairing, and without giving away too much, I can say that I did not ship. In fact, I didn’t find Talis charming at all. I found him creepy, boring, and a little flat. While he isn’t necessarily a Christian Grey or Edward Cullens, he is definitely a contender for stalker boyfriend of the year.
This is where the story rubbed me the wrong way. It glorified what in reality is an abusive and unhealthy relationship. Talis kidnaps Rachel, transports her halfway across the world, and refuses to let her leave, forcing her to spend time with him so she can “fall in love” with him. He watches her while she sleeps, and ignores her requests to put on clothes, even when she tells him it makes her uncomfortable. He doesn’t cross the line of forcing himself on Rachel, but he definitely crossed several other lines. I didn’t feel any chemistry between them. The entire time I was hoping that the story wouldn’t end with them getting together, and that Rachel would kill him or arrest him instead.
Since this is a romance and is thus held to the same HEA rule that all romances are required to have, I can say (spoiler-free) that Rachel neither kills nor arrests him.
It should be noted that the sex scenes in the story were light and not erotica heat level.
I know it seems like I’m bashing the story, but for all its flaws, there were some redeeming factors. Ms. King provided us with interesting side characters (Artemis Gregory is someone I’d love to read more on). Grammatically, the story was crisp and clean. While there were some structural issues (such as a bit too much showing and not telling), Ms. King does have a flare with words. I think if she had lengthened the story, cut the romance (including killing the romance between Rachel and Talis, and making Talis the antagonist) and made it solely a mystery, Phoenix would have been a great story....more
This reminded me of why I don't read these kinds of books. The writing was subpar, Kate wasn't interesting and made poor decisions, it had a lot of faThis reminded me of why I don't read these kinds of books. The writing was subpar, Kate wasn't interesting and made poor decisions, it had a lot of fat shaming, it stereotyped BDSM (showing the author did no research), and the romance was stale and pointless. A big flop....more
1) Maria/Claudine. She's a flat character. For someone who is supposed to be so smart, she makes theDNF (Stopped @ Page 75)
Reasons for not finishing:
1) Maria/Claudine. She's a flat character. For someone who is supposed to be so smart, she makes the dumbest decisions ever. She has no sense of self-preservation. She was your stereotypical blue eyed blonde with the perfect body and the personality of a stick. She's super rich and pretty much gets anything she wants, and all the guys love her.
2) Predictable plot. It wasn't original. I called it about fifty pages in.
3) The author does more showing than telling. The descriptions of rooms and clothes and food were boring and over done. Instead of working in the details, she info dumped us about different brands and types of furniture that I gave zero shits about.
4) Stale romance. The two main lovers had zero chemistry. I knew they were supposed to be together, but Maria/Claudine was too busy being a dumb shit to bond with Andrei.
5) Boring sex scenes. There is nothing worse than an erotic novel failing to deliver. The sex scenes were too short and lackluster.
I'm glad I got it from the library, because otherwise I'd be hunting down my receipt and returning the book....more
I was really excited when I found Proxy. I’ve wanted to read this book since I first heard about it. I read The Whip**Original review posted on blog**
I was really excited when I found Proxy. I’ve wanted to read this book since I first heard about it. I read The Whipping Boy when I was younger, and the idea of a fresh new spin being put on the story intrigued me. It helped that Proxy is sci-fi and has an LGBT protagonist, who’s also a POC. So this story has a lot of positives going for it.
I really enjoyed the story in a whole. The plot is pretty simple and doesn’t become overly convoluted by unnecessary plot twists and facts. Syd, a proxy in The Mountain City, carries a virus in his blood that can reboot the entire system. When his patron, Knox, gets injured and the truth about Syd’s origins comes out, they go on a cross-country chase to reach a group of rebels known as the Rebooters.
The plot is consistent, the characters are intriguing, and Syd has a really strong voice. I loved that Syd approached things logically and didn’t make dumb decisions. Mr. London created a smart character that stayed true to himself and wasn’t compromised in order to increase the drama. The world of Proxy is really interesting and Mr. London does a great job of building it, creating a place I can believe exists. There are some questions left un answered, mostly based around the science of how certain things work, but because of the genre and the length of the book, I understand why he doesn’t go into detail.
There’s a nice balance of characters. The one female character, Marie, is strong. She doesn’t flinch at the first sign of danger and holds fast to her beliefs. I really enjoyed her and her sharp wit.
Knox was by far my least favorite character. He was self-centered, obnoxious, and for the most part showed little growth. I know why Mr. London wrote him like this, and I can appreciate that, but it still made reading his parts hard. Every time Knox spoke, I rolled my eyes. I really wanted horrible things to happen to him.
There were some issues with the book, which is why I detracted a star. I didn’t like how the POV switched constantly. The book is written in third person past tense. In the beginning of the book, we get alternating chapters that focus on Knox and Syd. This works well; but, when Syd and Knox meet, the POVs change between the two without any clear definition. I can be reading one paragraph in Syd’s POV, and Knox’s thoughts and be interjected into Syd’s dialogue. There are also moments where minor characters, such as Egan or Marie, have a voice. This made reading confusing at times and definitely pulled me out of the story at moments.
There were a few grammatical errors. This isn’t necessarily a reflection of Mr. London, but rather the editor. I think one more read through would have caught those mistakes, which consisted of repeated words, wrong word choice, or the wrong clause.
My only other complaint was the fact that I could see the ending coming a mile away. Mr. London does a great job of foreshadowing, but the pieces click into place rather quickly when you see how things develop.
All together though, I’d say Mr. London did a great job. I’m so happy that someone wrote a story with both a strong LGBT character and a POC. I’d have liked a few more female characters, but I understand that there wasn’t a place for them. The story was interesting and I became invested in Syd and what happened to him (screw Knox). I’m going to go out and buy Guardian so I can finish Syd’s story and learn about this Liam character people have been talking about.
A side note: I am really disappointed in the cover artist. The cover is supposed to be a mirror image of Knox and Syd, but its evident the model for Syd is white. Shame on the artist for not appropriately representing Syd’s character and white washing. ...more
**2 1/2 Stars; original review posted on my blog**
I picked this book up by random at my local Half Price Book Store. I really wanted something YA to r**2 1/2 Stars; original review posted on my blog**
I picked this book up by random at my local Half Price Book Store. I really wanted something YA to read and I was feeling a bit romantic, so it seemed like a perfect fit. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and the summary intrigued me, plus it was only like five bucks.
My first impressions of the book were pretty positive. Wren has a fairly strong voice, and Ms. McNamara has a way of stringing words together very poetically. I’ll go ahead and give the grammar Nazis out there a warning: this is written in first person, and Wren speaks in incomplete sentences a lot. At first it was a bit off-putting, but then I got use to it; but, to be completely honest, by the end of the story the short and jilted sentences were getting on my nerves. It would have been okay if it was only once and awhile, but Wren doesn’t seem capable of speaking in complete sentences at all, and by the end of the novel it was tiring, and at times, a tad confusing.
I’m torn between giving this book a two-and-a-half star rating and a three. I really enjoyed it when I first started reading it, but the further I went, the more I stopped liking it. By the time I was done, I wasn’t particularly fond of the story.
The summary says it all: girl meets tragedy, escapes to the woods, meets a boy, and they both heal one another. I feel like the story could have been considerably shorter, and if it had been, it would have been ten times better—probably even a five star rating. Wren is wonderfully tragic. She saw her ex-boyfriend die in front of her in a car accident she helped play a part of. When she comes to her father’s house, which is isolated in the woods of upstate New York, she meets Cal, an architect student who also escaped to the woods for refuge. Cal is running from the fact that he has MS and it most likely will kill him, just like it did his mother.
Throughout the story, Wren and Call develop a bond that helps heal them. They’re never too co-dependent, and for the most part are really freaking cute.
Ms. McNamara is talented at writing. She describes the moments between Wren and Cal, and the pain that Wren suffers, elegantly. She can draw you into an environment and leave you just as chillingly breathless as Wren. You (or at least I did) get all squishy and warm inside when Wren and Cal are being adorable together.
But she made the story last about a hundred pages too long, her secondary characters are weak and all of them are pointless/forgotten about, and she adds unnecessary drama/angst, which she then forgets about, leaving several loose ends. Plus, in the end, the ending was horrible, and if it hadn’t been one o’clock in the morning when I finished the book, and I wasn’t afraid about waking my roommate, I would have hurled the book across the room screaming.
It was that bad.
I’ll address each point, to break it down for you.
First, the length was unnecessarily long. This is because of all the points that followed. If she had trimmed back on some of these plot issues, she could have shortened the length and had a much stronger and well-written novel. Because she seemed determine to turn her gorgeous story into a horrible preteen Lifetime movie, the story suffered.
Ms. McNamara provides a slew of secondary characters, most of who are fleeting and only there to stir the pot. I didn’t come to care for the secondary characters at all. They were just background noise, objects meant to drive Wren into Cal’s arms. They were a means to an end, and nothing more. I prefer stories where I fall in love with the entire cast, not just the two protagonists.
I also want to say that Wren’s dad belongs in the Bad Dads Rad Club, because he’s the worst father. Up until like the very end of the story (and I mean the last two chapters), he’s a useless father who seems to give zero cares about his daughter. He makes horrible decisions about her, including leaving her alone to go screw his girlfriend, when Wren is evidently emotionally delicate and volatile. Plus he was a raging dick to Mary, who spent all of her apprentice with him taking care of his daughter so he could work. If he had died in a fire, I wouldn’t have been sad. I hated him 100% of the time.
And the characters Nick, Mike, and Meredith were all pointless. They had zero point. I’m not kidding. If you removed their arch from the story, it would change nothing. Absolutely nothing.
The loose ends and plot twists were mind numbing. There are four points in the story where unnecessary plot devices are used to up the angst game, and for all but one (sort of), they’re left without any kind of closure. This continues up until the last two chapters of the story. Yes, that’s right, one of those plot arcs, which helps bring the story to an end, isn’t really explained and you’re left scratching your head as to what happened.
I’ll spare the details, mostly because I don’t want to put in spoilers, but needless to say, those characters I mentioned that could have been removed? Yeah, all these loose ends are tied to them.
Now, the ending. The ending, which is the ultimate reason I want to give this a lower rating. I seriously didn’t realize it was over until I turned the next page and there was nothing there—and I don’t mean that in a good way. I was so mad. Raging.
She ended it there? And with that?
I spent the entire book wondering how it would end—dying to know how it would end. Would Cal’s MS win? Would Wren turn to Nick? Would her depression (which grew really old and childish by the end of the story, by the way) consume her? HOW?
Have any of you heard of a deus ex machina? Well, the award for biggest deus ex machina goes to Ms. McNamara. I mean, you can’t get more freaking obvious with the trick she pulled. I’ve been good about spoilers up until now, but I have to put one in here. So if you don’t want to be spoiled, go ahead and quit reading this. All you need to know that the ending sucks and it’s the reason I’ve decided to drop this rating to a two-and-a-half stars.
The entire story ends with Wren having a very abrupt and last minute epiphany on how life doesn’t absolutely suck, and with Dr. Williams telling her there’s a magical, experimental cure for MS that’ll make Cal’s symptoms go away. The only problem is Cal, for some dumb reason, is refusing to take the pills—not because they’re experimental and could be dangerous, but because he doesn’t believe he’s that bad—so it’s up to Wren to convince him. The last chapter is literally Wren going into his bed room, saying like two things, and him going ‘Okay, I’ll do it because you asked’. That’s it. That is the end.
I read 341 pages to get to that; for a magical cure and Wren to be all hunky dory. No real resolution. About a dozen loose ends not explained.
I can forgive a story for a lot, but I can’t forgive it for pulling one of the most obvious deus ex machinas I’ve read in a long time. Ms. McNamara took a story that held so much potential and began so strong, and finished it with a wet fizzle. ...more
Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban created a wonderful story that was an enjoyable read, albeit at moments taxing. Cut & Run is the story of Ty GradAbigail Roux and Madeleine Urban created a wonderful story that was an enjoyable read, albeit at moments taxing. Cut & Run is the story of Ty Grady and Zane Garrett, two FBI detectives that have everything to lose and even more to gain. They’re two opposites, as volatile as a hurricane and a volcano. When they’re thrown together things have a tendency to -- literally and figuratively – explode. In order to catch a cryptic serial killer they’ll have to set aside not only their personal problems but also their hatred for one another and figure out how to work as a team.
I’d like to say its good cop and bad cop, but there wasn’t much of a vibe. Both Ty and Zane put their own twist on the bad cop genre. While Ty embraces it, Zane is reluctant at first. About halfway through he manages to give into his vices and becomes his own version of a bad cop.
My biggest issue with Cut & Run was the chemistry between Ty and Zane. While they both have a physical attraction to one another that is beyond steamy, they have a terrible emotional connection throughout a chunk of the story. They’re always bickering, to the point that it actually gets old. I’m one for heavy drama and angst, but the fights between them seemed at moments trite and boring, even random at moments. They’d be doing something with the case and out of nowhere one of them would be set off. I thought things would taper off after things literally get physical (in the bad way) between Ty and Zane, but it lasted all the way up to the end.
Sometimes their personal drama seemed to trump the case. There were also moments where the case dragged on and I was ready for some kind of progression. I did have to set it down a few times because I got agitated myself with them!
Despite things, I did care for them (Ty more than Zane) so I wanted to see the story through. The mystery was good. I figured it out about a quarter of the way through, but they had managed to make me second guess myself more than once so I was constantly second guessing myself.
I loved, absolutely loved, how they swapped positions. They both displayed dominate and submissive personalities, so to see them display that in the bedroom was great. When Ty dominated Zane I got chills. I thought Ty might be the more submissive one, but I found that I liked Zane bottoming.
All together I recommend picking up Cut & Run and giving it a read. Once you read it you’ll be hooked. I’ll definitely be picking up the next book in the series! ...more