So... I find my interest waning a little. Probably more than a little. That is unfortunate. As for how this book went? Predictable. And perhaps a bitSo... I find my interest waning a little. Probably more than a little. That is unfortunate. As for how this book went? Predictable. And perhaps a bit frustrating.
The mystery plot was so so. Also kinda boring. It's definitely preferable when Stephanie is properly in the thick of things. Having her just be an incidental part just makes it drag on. And the dragging on is probably what makes the non-mystery parts of the book stand out so much.
And speaking of which... Stephanie Plum has officially cheated on Morelli. No weird circumstances that could let it slide. No being off again, no breakup, no open relationship. Stephanie was officially dating Joseph Morelli when she chose to fuck Ranger. Twice. Now I technically think she's been cheating on Joe since they got together because I consider kissing a form of said cheating. But sex is a huge, huge thing so I focus on that in regards to Official infidelity.
I think that's what is messing me up here. I find it very hard to follow stories where I hate the main character. And I'm really starting to hate this bitch. So much so, I'm leaning towards Team Ranger if only because I think Joe Morelli deserves better. There's an earlier review where someone comments that any character development in previous books is all gone. I'm inclined to agree. Stephanie was supposed to have realized in an earlier one that Morelli was the more emotionally vulnerable and that he was the one she was more likely to lose with her actions. But she slept with Ranger anyway.
Which is more infuriating because in the last book before this one, Joseph Morelli actually broke up with her briefly and she spent nearly the entire book whining and moping and talking about how hurt she was.
Hell, there was development in this current book that was pretty much dismissed. It's like why does she even bother?? *sighs*
We had some funny moments but not nearly as funny as other books. My guilty pleasure of damsel in distress tropes is so I can see the emotions of the hero/heroes rescuing said damsel. But that too was kinda anti-climactic compared to others.
Anyway, there's not much else to add. I don't even know if I'll read the next one. I haven't bought a book since 13 and I didn't buy this one either. So who knows? After all, libraries are much easier. It does give you something to do....more
Hm... I'm unsure what happened but my previous review has disappeared. So! New one.
This is the first book of Barbara Delinsky that I've forayed into.Hm... I'm unsure what happened but my previous review has disappeared. So! New one.
This is the first book of Barbara Delinsky that I've forayed into. It's probably going to be the only one. Because as first impressions go? This was shit. So much shit.
Reading this book was the jump point into me steering clear of the majority of chick lit from now on unless extensive research is done first. And I just don't mean the basics. Because when I read the premise, I just knew there was going to be cheating. And sure enough, first fucking pages. There you go.
Everything pretty much went downhill after that.
What I hated the most was all the justifications and expectations that the cheaters should just be forgiven. And it happens. The entire book takes place within a year and it's all hunky dory. WHAT A LOAD OF FECES.
I couldn't even finish this book properly because I was so disgusted. I just jumped all the pages to read the end. The Crappy End.
No likeable characters except the children and maybe that one betrayed wife so I think she's a bit of a pansy doormat myself. Just... sad. Very sad. I'm sad reading it. I want my days back....more
This title is a sham! SHAAAAAAAAM! Not a single fucking one of these women is single. Nary a one. God damn false advertising bimbo.
When I read the booThis title is a sham! SHAAAAAAAAM! Not a single fucking one of these women is single. Nary a one. God damn false advertising bimbo.
When I read the book blurb, I thought initially of leaving as fast as possible. I decided a while back to steer clear because I hate them. They never NEVER show any real life consequences. Not once. But I read some reviews because it was a library book and got morbidly curious. The reviews were particularly to see any details.
Peeps tried to warn me about this being bad for us who hate it. But I thought I could handle it because a review said things were realistic... MISTAKE.
I couldn't do it. I got to three infidelity stories and threw in the towel. I may get one more in because I know there's a continuation and I want to see it go. But UGH.
Worst part? At the end of the first two, the cheating women respectively talked about how they believed no one else could be as happy as they are right now. You know... with their lovers. I threw up in my mouth a little bit. Fuck those narcissistic skank bitches.
Did enjoy the story with the woman in love with her roommate. But damn it if it didn't end abruptly. I think they're a couple by the end but it's open ended. GAH.
When I planned my review, I was going to do a paragraph for each story with detailed descriptions but... I'm way, way too pissed off to give it that much patience. Plus the whole not being able to finish.
I can admit to some positives though. The story with the other woman meeting the wife of her lover. That was the least bad of the ones I was able to get through. I predict things aren't going to be perfect for her for long. Because as good as her friend is to her, they have a conflict because BFF does not approve of the guy. And you can see it gets to the mistress. So there's that.
And when I shout mistake at the top of these lungs, it's not because I disagree with the those who said it was realistic to some extent. Because it's there. You gotta squint really, really hard for it--or in my case listen--but it is there. Not enough to save it but there.
Anyway, my thoughts. Do not be like me and challenge yourself if you can't stand adultery/infidelity stories. You will not make it. You will not. If this wasn't a downloadable audiobook, I think I'd have set the trash on fire. Anyway, if this is Katherine Heiny's debut, I'm afraid I can't add myself to her sales. Thank fucking God, I didn't actually buy this tripe....more