This was a book I had an incredibly hard time getting through. Usually I can finish a book in like 1.5-2 days, but this took me about 5 days. It was j...moreThis was a book I had an incredibly hard time getting through. Usually I can finish a book in like 1.5-2 days, but this took me about 5 days. It was just chock full of problems and not all that interesting. I was really tempted to just stop reading and chuck it back on my bookshelf.
There were a number of critical problems in this book, and right off the bat, I had issues. The book ties in with Bond's previous novel "In Deep Voodoo" in that it takes place in the same town, has common characters, and some minor plot tie-ins. I love connected books; they are some of my favorite's to read. But I hadn't read the 1st book in the series when I started this one, and it ended up being a problem. Bond constantly references the previous story, but with glancing mentions about events. She never bothers to do a couple paragraph summary of the plot of that book, which makes things extremely confusing. You keep hearing about this and that happening and wondering "what are you talking about?" It really took away from the readability of the story when you're left in the dark about things. Bond made the mistake in assuming that anyone reading this book read the previous one. Connected books are great, but they also need to be able to stand solidly on their own. All she had to do was summarize in a couple paragraphs and all would have been fine. Without those paragraphs, the story just...suffers.
A bigger issue for me with the book, though, was the fact that Bond focused utterly and completely on the Gloria POV. The whole entire story is solely focused on Gloria, her thoughts, actions, etc. She never once goes into Zane's perspective. It left the story very one-sided with the reader unable to relate to Zane. It made it seem like he was just some guy, rather than the hero of the story. As a reader, I really wanted his perspective, but it never came and it made the romance and story overall a bit flat and dull. Why Bond chose to go this route, I don't know. I can't think of another romance book I've read that had only 1 POV.
Aside from those 2 things, there were smaller issues. There were way too many extraneous characters and I kept forgetting who was who. I didn't believe some of the Witness Protection aspects; they just didn't work for me. The storyline goes every which way with like a million different things happening that just cluttered up the story. And the ending was really trite.
All in all, just a thoroughly lackluster book that wasn't in the least worth reading. But if you should want to give it a try, make sure to read the other book in the series first.(less)
**spoiler alert** I picked up this book used because I often seem to hear that Crusie is such a fabulous author and writes such fabulous books. So I g...more**spoiler alert** I picked up this book used because I often seem to hear that Crusie is such a fabulous author and writes such fabulous books. So I got "Fast Women" and read it. And though I can't say it was a bad book...it was decent enough...it's really just not my type of story. There just didn't seem to be enough meat in it...all the issues seem to be surfed over, rather than dug into. Like some of the cover testimonials say...it's a beach read...a light read. Basically, it's a book to read when you want something light and amusing, not when you want something that churns you up and spits you out before giving you the happy ending.
That's really all I can think to say about the book. I didn't mind it all that much. It was amusing at times, had some good characters and some nice storyline, but nothing about it stood out to me. Like I said, it wasn't really my kind of book, but I guess I can see why her books would be popular for those who like the lighter stories.(less)
**spoiler alert** In all honesty, this book was severely lacking in just about every area. It wasn't horrible. I didn't mind reading it, but there wer...more**spoiler alert** In all honesty, this book was severely lacking in just about every area. It wasn't horrible. I didn't mind reading it, but there were just so many problems with the story as a whole, so many poorly developed aspects that kept it from being a truly good read. The story was very two-dimensional, lacking development and depth. It was just very superficial.
The characters have very little depth or exploration. The authors give you some basic history, but fail to really explore them. They mention things but then never really tell you about them. An example is Maggie's pregnancy. You know that the antagonist got her pregnant at a young age, and you're told that there was some sort of cover-up to get her out of town so no one would know. But they never give you any details. You have no idea exactly how old she was, and you're not told anything at all about this cover-up. Where did she go? What did she do? How did she handle it all? Why did she make up a husband? It would have been nice to have these details and it would have given another dimension to Maggie's character.
Zack's was in a similar state. You know his FBI step-father was killed by the antagonist but you learn little else, other than that Zack was greatly affected by the slaying. I wanted to know how old Zack was when his mother married his step-father, what their relationship was like, how he dealt with the man's death, etc. Again, knowing all this would have made the character more full-bodied. The authors just failed to give these characters any depth at all.
The romance between them was poorly developed as well. It seemed extremely forced, with very little emotion involved. It was like, hey, let's kiss; hey, let's have sex; hey, I think I might have feelings for you. I wasn't feeling the chemistry between them at all. I had a really hard time believing that these two characters were in love.
There were also some minor areas where issues bothered me. One was that Zack, as an FBI Agent, was allowed to participate in the case at all. He was personally connected (his father being killed by the antagonist 14 years earlier). I had a hard time buying that that would be allowed. Also, Destiny, who had roles in the other books, is done a serious injustice in this book. She's paired off and engaged with hardly a whisper. A little more on that would have been nice.
As for the good points...well, I enjoyed the cameos of Max and Jamie. Fleas the hound dog and Butterbean the goat were great. And the actual plot wasn't too bad. But none of that could overcome the holes in the book. I was rather disappointed overall once I finished.(less)
I can't particularly think of much good to say about this book. I wouldn't say it was downright horribly bad...well, maybe not. It was a waste of $7,...moreI can't particularly think of much good to say about this book. I wouldn't say it was downright horribly bad...well, maybe not. It was a waste of $7, though.
The plot isn't exactly original - A serial killer meeting victims online. I've read a number of books with a similar theme. Which isn't a bad thing, necessarily, if the author can make their work stand-out from the rest, but for this book, there was nothing to this storyline to separate it from anything else out there. It was all pretty basic and lacking a hook to really draw a reader it. Then again, this was mostly a romance, not a suspense. The plot was secondary. Even so, it wasn't a great plot.
The romance wasn't too bad. But pretty average. Nothing special. The characters were okay. I didn't love them, but I didn't hate them. They were just there. No particular draws either way. The sex scenes were average. They seemed to start off hot, but then kind of fizzled. There were some comedic points, but - to use the word again - they were average.
By far the worst part of this book was the writing itself. At times it made me want to bash my head against a wall. It was like reading a step-by-step manual. Gibson had this awful habit of describing each and everything thing a character did. Sort of like:
He turned off his car and grabbed his notebook and laptop off the passenger seat. He carried Lucy's suitcase with his free hand, and she followed him into the house. He set his files and computer on the kitchen table and turned on the lights as they moved down the hall to the spare room. He tossed her suitcase on the queen-sized bed...
There were so many scenes like that in the books...he did this, he did that, she did this, she did that. Always stated in the same, dull, trite way. It was so irritating and boring. I don't need to know the details of how a person got out of their car and walked to a store, or how they got dressed in the morning. And even so, her sentence struture had no variety or complexity in these scenes. There are so many better ways to convey scenes like that. I just couldn't keep my head in the book when the writing was so uninspiring.
Overall, a completely lackluster book. Not worth the time or the money. I read one of her books before, and I remember enjoying it, but that was over a year ago, and I wasn't quiet so critical then.(less)