Someone answer me this: why is it okay for a woman to throw a knife at a man's head? Seriously, somone explain this to me. It is not a rhetorical quesSomeone answer me this: why is it okay for a woman to throw a knife at a man's head? Seriously, somone explain this to me. It is not a rhetorical question. Someone explain to me why they think this is okay. Just because the guy is a jerk? I just want to understand what is going through the minds of the people who condone this. If someone I knew threw a knife at my head, I would never speak to them again. Is it okay because he's a man? It's okay to throw knives at men? ...more
I'm just so confused as to why people like this book. I really am. Maybe I'm missing some necessary gene that, I don't know, gives me bad taste in booI'm just so confused as to why people like this book. I really am. Maybe I'm missing some necessary gene that, I don't know, gives me bad taste in books?
So, for the storyline...predictable, boring, not good at all. Absolutely nothing, and I do mean nothing, happens until the very end of the book. The whole thing is just the main female character whining while pretending to be so tough and smart and hard-to-get and getting injured and getting massages from the main male character, who is a stereotypical invincible robot, meaning he is omnipotent and cannot get injured under any circumstances, since he is there merely to please and offer his body to the heroine on her command. The romance is frankly ridiculous. Why would these two love each other? They wouldn't. I didn't see it at all. They barely talked, and when they did, they said nothing nice. Ever.
After hours and hours of nothing at all happening, the only action we get is at the very end, during which a good 80 percent of the characters get systematically slaughtered. This is supposed to serve as pleasurable romantic entertainment? Then some nice hot sex after watching said slaughter (ahh, how romantic). I know I'd be in the "mood" after watching a near-massacre. Nothing gets me hot and bothered like a good bloody, brutal murder of a bunch of people, one of whom was my brother.
No, no, no. This is not romance. I wish I could un-read this drivel. Maybe there's something wrong with me, but if this is typical Linda Howard, I am officially her only non-fan.
**spoiler alert** Okay, so this is going to be a rant, not a review.
At first, I thought I would enjoy this book. I should have known better, because**spoiler alert** Okay, so this is going to be a rant, not a review.
At first, I thought I would enjoy this book. I should have known better, because this is Susan Elizabeth Phillips, whose work ALWAYS annoys me because of the sexist tendenciesall of her women seem to exhibit. This one was no different.
When I was first introduced to Molly, I found her likable, funny, kind of weird, but not in a bad way--and then she goes and does something unthinkable and after that point, I just couldn't like her at all. So, Kevin's boss had told him to take some time off and stay in this cabin for awhile. Kevin and Molly had met a few times before, but didn't really know each other. So Molly shows up at this cabin, uninvited, then refuses to leave once she finds Kevin there, because she's too petty. THEN, when Kevin is asleep in his bed, she snoops through his stuff, finds a condom in his shaving kit, goes into his room, climbs into his bed and starts touching him while he is asleep. Kevin, still mostly asleep, and thinking the whole thing a dream in which he's making love with his ex-girlfriend, starts to respond to her touches. She then proceeds to rape him--and it is rape, because he would not have consented to have sex with her if he actually were aware of what was happening (he establishes this). So after she rapes him, he wakes up, freaks out, and announces that the condom had broken because it was about a million years old.
After this point, Molly had ruined herself in my mind. I cannot respect a woman who does something so devious and pathetic.
But it gets worse. Molly gets pregnant with Kevin's baby. When Kevin later calls to check up on her, she blatantly lies to him and says she is not pregnant. Yeah. First she rapes him, then she plans on stealing his baby. Okay. And in case that weren't enough, her sister and brother-in-law, Phoebe and Dan Calebow from some other book in the series I haven't read because of its ridiculous cover, show up, figure out that it was Kevin who got her pregnant. So then Dan goes and finds Kevin and punches him and accuses him of being the scum of the earth and a seducer of innocents and a low-life jerk trying to run away from his duty blah blah blah. Kevin, being a nice guy, lets this happen, not revealing Molly's psychotics. Molly, being too ashamed and selfish, lets her brother-in-law and sister treat Kevin like crap and insult him while she holds on to her secret about raping him.
Kevin agrees to marry her, like I said, because he's a good guy. Molly has a miscarriage, blames Kevin, insults him, and proceeds to become depressed. Kevin, being a freaking good guy, feels sorry for her so he takes her on a trip to this campground that he owns to see if he can get her to perk up again. Molly is awful to him the whole time. Once there, she refuses to help with anything. Eventually she comes around, after Kevin practically begs her, and then she's really proud of herself for the monumental task of cooking breakfast. She deserves a freakin' medal.
What follows is a series of Molly's antics. She tricks Kevin at every turn, pretending to drown, purposely tipping over a canoe to get his attention, forcing a cat up into a tree and then making him go after the cat. She's a very mature woman, obviously.
Then the freaking Calebows show up to tell Kevin he's a jerk and to demand to know what his intentions are. Then Dan accuses Kevin of using Molly for a quick roll in the hay, because, apparently, football players (ahem, Dan, you freakin' hypocrite) cannot actually love a woman because they are too shallow and don't care about women or love. Of course, Molly believes this load of garbage, so she gets all pissed and claims she's using Kevin because he's available and she deserves to be "naughty" after so many years of being "good." Nice.
Then Molly goes back to her schemes. When Kevin tries to sell HIS campground, Molly goes to the buyer and tells him a bunch of lies about the place and that Kevin is mentally insane and needs help. The buyer believes her and leaves. Controlling much, Molly? How about living your own life?
After breaking up for a period, Kevin realizes he can't live without a psychotic, controlling b*atch running his life, so he goes to Molly's sister to ask for HER blessing to marry Molly--as if he needs it. Phoebe refuses, accuses Kevin of using Molly to guarantee his continued career with his football team, owned by Phoebe. She then says if he so much as goes near Molly, he will be off the team. Are. You. Freaking. Kidding. Me??? So Kevin decides Molly is more important and goes to marry her anyway.
Molly tells him he's an idiot and that men should give up everything in their lives for the women they love, but women should give up nothing. So, what do we learn? That men should give up their careers and everything else they like to please a woman, but a woman can do whatever she pleases. We learn that Kevin is willing to give up everything, including his career as a professional football player, which is basically his whole life, in order to be with Molly, the woman who raped him and controlled his life and gave up nothing for him.
This is not a book. It's a sexist peice of poo. Yes. Women can be sexist, too. SEP is proof of this....more
The author couldn't possibly make it more clear what she thinks of her hero. She puts her own thoughts into the heads of all the characters, includingThe author couldn't possibly make it more clear what she thinks of her hero. She puts her own thoughts into the heads of all the characters, including the hero himself. There was one scene with the guy's boss. During the scene, which is from Bossy Boy's POV, Bossy Boy has to throw in a mental insult about the hero...in EVERY SINGLE THOUGHT that crosses his mind! And all I could think was, Wow, Christy Reece, you hate your hero that much? Because it's so painfully obvious the author is simply trying to let the readers know she does NOT like the hero, by having her characters dwell on it for her.
Now let's talk about Skylar, our "heroine." Guess what? In every single scene she's in, she's either A. crying, B. fainting, C. falling asleep from "exhaustion" (even though all she does is sleep), or D. all of the above. It felt as if the same scene was being written over and over again. There were literally TWO plane scenes during which Skylar burst into tears (over the tiniest hint of a criticism) and had to be comforted. Over and over I have to hear about poor Skylar this, poor Skylar that: she's so exhautsed, she's collapsing, she's an emotional wreck, she's doing all of these things at once. She always has eyes "fuzzy with exhaustion" or is "trembling" or "about to collapse" or tears are "forming in her eyes." I'm sorry, but to me she comes off as completely weak. She cries over absolutely everything. I mean, if I cried every time someone I like insulted me, I'd being crying pretty much 20/24 hours a day. Which she is. Only more often.
On top of that, the author makes it clear that Skylar's feelings are the only ones that matter. She's always hurting MORE than Gabe. She's always been more BETRAYED than Gabe. After her psychotic father tricked them into splitting up, it didn't matter at all that Gabe was hurt. All that mattered was Skylar was hurt, because, OMG, she suffered SO much more! Well, in my opinion just because someone is a weakling and can't handle pain without falling to pieces doesn't mean she suffered more...it means she can't take it. Am I saying she shouldn't have felt pain? No. But the fact that Reece goes on and on about how Sky's feelings are more important made me so freaking angry.
On top of that, she's a major hypocrite. She believed Gabe would kill himself after marrying her, and yet she doesn't want to forgive him for believing she'd want to break it off with him? Why is SHE allowed to be stupid, but not him? Answer: She's a woman. Answer: Christy Reece likes her better. Answer: A lot of women like that kinda thing in romances.
I don't understand why an author would make a heroine cry THIS MUCH. Am I supposed to feel sorry for her? Relate to her? Well, I don't. Her pain isn't so freaking much more than everyone else's. I've been through just as much as she has, but do I cry every minute of every day? No. Why? Because I actually have a backbone.
The entire plot of this book is Gabe or someone else comforting Sky. Not my kinda thing.
Plus, I don't think Reece understands what a PHOBIA actually means. It doesn't just turn off conveniently when the person wants it to. It doesn't just go away just because the situation doesn't call for it. Gabe is supposedly claustrophobic. However, he was completely fine in the tiny bathroom of a plane. Why? Because that scene was not about him, but about comforting Sky. And yet he doesn't even like to be in a hotel room for more than one hour at a time? And yet he fears elevators? But of course, when he goes on them he's completely fine, because we wouldn't want the man to be seen as weak. That's the woman's job, after all.
If you have severe claustrophobia, you have it. You can't just turn it off whenever you feel like it. If Reece wanted it to go away at his will, she either shouldn't have given it to him, or made it so he just didn't like small spaces but could handle them. But then again, books don't have to make sense, right? They're just books.
Okay, let's talk about Skylar and her dad. It was all her dad's fault. Sky and Gabe fell in love, got married. Then her dad pulled his evil machinations and lies, splitting them up. What does Sky do? She forgives her pops...and still blames Gabe. As does the author. As does probably everyone that's read this book. I can't get behind that. After they split, he TRIED to get near her, but does that matter to her? No? Why? Because women are always right and men are always wrong. I mean, can't a woman write a romance without pulling this crap?
(view spoiler)[Psycho dad offers Gabe money to ditch Sky. He refuses. Psycho dad leaves, then has Sky's cousin, who apparently can mimic voices, call Gabe to say she never loved him and it was just a game and that no one could ever love him. Gabe had confided his painful past to Sky, and the cousin threw it back in his face, and Gabe, thinking it was her, was undertandably hurt. However, obviously it's not okay for a man to be hurt. He should know better than to think Sky would say this. BUT Sky doesn't have to know better than to think Gabe would kill himself. Why? You tell me. Her dumb dad convinced her Gabe had killed himself because he left some suicide note. Of course, after this is revealed, she still blames Gabe...and not her father. Sure, this reveals their relationship wasn't the best--on BOTH counts--but they only knew each other for a very, very, very short time! Not to mention the fact that she thought he was dead, and yet ignored it. She assumed no one would have a funeral for him, and yet she decided not to have one? Or she assumed they would and just didn't care to attend, even though she was his wife? But that's okay? Why, of course it's okay! Why? Because she was sad! Don't you know that? Poor, poor Sky was too sad to do anything boohoo. It's LIFE, woman. It sucks. You have to live it anyway. (hide spoiler)]
Not to mention the fact that Skylar lied to him about her identity from day 1...and never told him the truth. But, y'know, that's okay, too, because she's a woman. And it's okay if women do stuff like that. It's only bad if the man does it.
Also, I don't like woman who hit men any more than I like men who hit woman...and being insulted is not an excuse. If I hit a guy every time he'd insulted me, well...I'd have hit at least fifty guys. ...more