This started off pretty strongly. It could get a bit repetitious at times, but I was fully engaged and invested in the story. However, the moment the...moreThis started off pretty strongly. It could get a bit repetitious at times, but I was fully engaged and invested in the story. However, the moment the two protagonists began their love affair, it seemed to devolve into a soppy melodrama. A repetitive melodrama. Both men suddenly became criers with Tristan leading the waterworks race. There were several places in which both of them rhapsodize about their love for the other, to each other or to anyone else, it seemed. The story dragged out, as well, and in places became predictable. There didn't seem to be any real climax due to several mini climaxes and this made the ending sorta peter out. I can't be sure what happened other than the author is an amazing historical writer but a not-so-great romance writer. Or it may all just be my distaste for fluff stories that makes me disappointed with where this book went. Too bad for me.(less)
Holy crap was this awesome! I loved every bit of it. The setting, the characters, the story! The story! It was weaved flawlessly. I can't review too m...moreHoly crap was this awesome! I loved every bit of it. The setting, the characters, the story! The story! It was weaved flawlessly. I can't review too much more because I need to go read the next book!(less)
I truly adore Ms. Allen's books. I would best describe them as cozy romances. There is no over the top drama, no shallow reasons for deep emotions, an...moreI truly adore Ms. Allen's books. I would best describe them as cozy romances. There is no over the top drama, no shallow reasons for deep emotions, and definitely no insta-love. This book, like the two others I've read before it, are comforting reads with real love built up over time and companionship. Her two protagonists, while basically the same characters from the other two stories, are incredibly endearing and engaging. I could read several more of her books with these same two basic characters because they are a joy to discover and follow. The history, the time and setting, are so perfectly woven into the story it's easy for the reader to sink right in to the period. This particular time period was fun because it is rarely written in this genre. You could feel the twenties getting ready to roar, with its necessary speak-easies and the underground and rebellious culture that came from it. Sutton and Jack's romance fits right into this period. This is a very good read and I am of to find more of Allen's work!(less)
Brilliant! Clever, imaginative, heart-felt, and simply brilliant. I want to say that I think it may have been a tad too long, but I loved every minute...moreBrilliant! Clever, imaginative, heart-felt, and simply brilliant. I want to say that I think it may have been a tad too long, but I loved every minute spent with these characters that I don't care that normally you'd want to tighten the story up a bit. A really lovely read!(less)
What a beautifully written book! Amazing! Ms. Allen has a new fan in me and, after this excellent free read, I will be quite happy to pay for any more...moreWhat a beautifully written book! Amazing! Ms. Allen has a new fan in me and, after this excellent free read, I will be quite happy to pay for any more of her work. A very good read!(less)
I've loved watching Bourdain on this show, "No Reservations." His same voice comes through here, in this excellent book. It was entertaining, fascinat...moreI've loved watching Bourdain on this show, "No Reservations." His same voice comes through here, in this excellent book. It was entertaining, fascinating, funny, horrifying, and awe-inspiring. Bourdain really pulled me into his crazy life, and crazy kitchens.
My favorite part was when, after spending the whole book telling you exactly how a kitchen should run, he shows himself to be the opinionated guy he is and blatantly says, "Not always."
And he is opinionated. Unapologetically so. He holds disdain for vegetarians, and yet probably wrote the book that could convert more people into vegetarianism than Forks Over Knives could. I love this old pirate and his salty ways. He holds honesty incredibly high on his list, owns his mistakes and his bad choices. He sees through to the core of a person and recreates them in such a fascinating manner that I really wish I could meet some of these characters. I imagine I would know them on sight, I feel so familiar with them.
I really enjoy Kimberling's writing style and, in particular, the protagonist in these stories. Another good story full of fun and mischief. But I did...moreI really enjoy Kimberling's writing style and, in particular, the protagonist in these stories. Another good story full of fun and mischief. But I did wish that there was more of the relationship angle. From the first story to this one, there is a two-year relationship that we never got to see or enjoy watching it build. That was a real bummer. Without that kind of depth, the story was entertaining but not very gripping. And I'm going to need gripping to continue to pay novel prices for a novella-length story. There is no great need or push to read the next, so I may come back to the series, again, in the future. Perhaps during a good sale price. (less)
I didn't have any issues with the writing as some reviewers had. I found it an entertaining and interesting read. The protagonist was funny and the my...moreI didn't have any issues with the writing as some reviewers had. I found it an entertaining and interesting read. The protagonist was funny and the mystery engaging. I would have preferred more romance/relationship building, but perhaps it'll come with the next book. My only real issue was that this novella is priced like a novel. It was a good story, but not so great to warrant the elevated price tag of a bigger book. But if this is the start of a grand series, I'm willing to reach a little deeper into my tight wallet for the next story. (less)
At first I thought this book was just immature: either the book was published too early or the writer wasn't quite ready to be publishing. But, no, it...moreAt first I thought this book was just immature: either the book was published too early or the writer wasn't quite ready to be publishing. But, no, it's just a badly written book.
The premise was original and the two main characters were likable enough, at first. But the writing sort of crashed down on itself. There were big holes, wrong words, and issues that were left to be unresolved.
One of the more glaring examples of the author using words she didn't know the meaning of (and clearly the editor didn't, either) was when a fever was described as inexplicable. A fever that comes on after an infected bullet wound is not inexplicable. It is expected, maybe it came on quickly, or maybe subtly. But it is not inexplicable.
A world-building error of mass proportion is when a character is going into his back story and we find out that the founders of The City instituted a one-child-per-couple law. Then how did the city expand? How did they not depopulate themselves into extinction, rather than showing places where the city had grown? It is revealed that widow(er)s can have more children with new partners, but a law like that is still incredibly stupid for the founders of a new settlement to set down and would hinder population growth.
A couple instances in which the author didn't seem to be paying attention to her own story: In that same back story, there is a picture of the character's brothers, described as little boys, standing with their mother. But a few paragraphs later we find out she died of an infection from the birth. So either she had a several-year infection or she came back from the dead for the family photo. When our heroes are in the forest beyond the City, they find themselves holed up while one of them is recovering. Two days they stayed there and not one of them ate anything. Food wasn't mentioned at all. Really? Not one of them was hungry at all? We know they were hungry in the prison, because food was talked about there. But nobody thought of food for two days in the wild?
There were a lot of crying men in this, too. They would burst into tears repeatedly. That annoyed me, personally, but I know there is a reader-following for chicks-with-dick characters, so that isn't a technical issue, just a personal one.
Finally, the writing of the main POV character, Raine, was sloppy. First, his emotions are child-like. I can get that a guy starved of affection would grab onto the first person to show him care. But the way he just went along with everything that Ash brought into it was not believable. (As in, I wasn't given anything in order to buy his behavior.) He also seemed to know everything, such as the interpretation of the body language of a new species of people he encounters. He was the one that told the reader of things that he shouldn't have known. And if he did know it, then the author needed to put in how he would know that instead of relying on the words "apparently" and "guessed." No, it wasn't apparent and that kind of accurate guessing is pretty spectacular, resulting in a need to explain that particular spectacle.
This book was in the mid-to-high range in price for an ebook but barely delivered low-range reading. This is the kind of writing I'd expect in a teenager's fan fiction and I am irritated it was priced as high as it was. And while I may try this author again, in the far future after she's developed a bit more as a writer, I will definitely be steering clear of any more Silver Publishing fare if they believed un-edited, typo-ladened work deserves such a high price point. Shame on them. (less)