Quirky, fun , a little bit weird. I've liked pretty much everything I've read by Jennifer Crusie, and this was a fun introduction to the other authorsQuirky, fun , a little bit weird. I've liked pretty much everything I've read by Jennifer Crusie, and this was a fun introduction to the other authors. ...more
Others have provided synopses, so I won't rehash the story line here. I really liked Rob Thurman's Cal/Niko Leandros series, so I wanted to like thisOthers have provided synopses, so I won't rehash the story line here. I really liked Rob Thurman's Cal/Niko Leandros series, so I wanted to like this book as well. However, several things just didn't work for me:
The book is told in the first person (not necessarily bad), but the narrator, Trixa, is unrelentingly, annoyingly sarcastic. There were times when I wished I could reach into the book, shake her, and say "be serious for just *one* moment, please." I appreciate sarcasm, but all the time? It made her seem shallow, and I wasn't able to connect with her at all.
Griffin and Zeke seem like a gay, non-fraternal re-imaginging of Cal and Niko - the younger one, with a dark past and trouble adjusting, who is cared for by the older, handsome, competent one. This set-up didn't feel very...original.
The big surprise at the end, for the reader, is something that Trixa already knows - and has known all along. We've been in her head this whole time, and not once did she think about anything relating to the big surprise even though it was relevant to the story. As a reader, I feel deceived by Trixa, which only adds to my not liking her.
I don't know if there is going to be another book in this series, but I won't be reading it if Trixa remains as the narrator. I *am* looking forward to ROADKILL, the next in the Cal/Niko series. ...more
This has to be one of the worst books I've struggled through. I won't summarize the plot again; the product description above does a decent enough jobThis has to be one of the worst books I've struggled through. I won't summarize the plot again; the product description above does a decent enough job of that. So why did this book suck?
First, the writing is clumsy and amateurish. The author almost completely avoids the use of "said" as a dialogue tag, choosing instead to use "grumbled", "admitted", "argued", "teased", etc. This is a beginning writer's mistake and leads to some hilarious-sounding prose. We are also treated to the POV character repeatedly making unlikely inferences about what others are thinking and to being told something in the narrative only to then have a character say something that imparts the exact same information. Some of the dialogue is also horribly stilted. I initially put this book down after about 15 pages because the writing was so bad.
Second, Mac is unlikable. He immediately starts acting like an arrogant Type A jerk, telling the heroine what she can and cannot do, yelling at her, grabbing her butt, and kissing her. Then he asks her out for dinner. Remember now, he supposed to be in the middle of an investigation and he's getting sidetracked lusting after the heroine.
At one point, he sees Kelly get shoved trying to break up a fight between two students and he "fought the urge to pound his fists against the boy's face." A cop -- who routinely deals with violence like this -- gets so angry that he has a hard time *not* pounding on a 15 year old kid? A kid? Later Mac spanks Kelly because he told her she wasn't allowed to break up fights anymore and she disregarded him...because, of course, Mac has the right to dictate to someone he just met how she should live her life and to treat her like a child if she thinks for herself. Yeah, pretty condescending.
I have to admit that Mac's infuriating reactions are a pet peeve of mine - heroes who are used to violence almost losing control when minor violence is done to the heroine. It's unrealistic. It's unattractive. And this is not the only time he has this reaction.