Are you a patient reader? Do you prefer when the couple takes their time to get to bed? Do you need a break of insta-gratfication and insta-love? ThenAre you a patient reader? Do you prefer when the couple takes their time to get to bed? Do you need a break of insta-gratfication and insta-love? Then this book is for you! I'm rating it high because I found no cheating, because I love love the ONLY one sex-scene we got and because I adore heroes that fight long for their heroines. I love when a heroine doesn't give in immediatly but makes the hero work hard for her love. I've said this before. Mariana Zapata is the queen of slow romances. Longer review to come....more
Update: Just to add some parental guidance, this is one of the few YA reads marketed as YA that are indeed clean, but I'll add a warning for language.Update: Just to add some parental guidance, this is one of the few YA reads marketed as YA that are indeed clean, but I'll add a warning for language. Nothing particularly innaproppiate, no f- bombs. Nothing they wouldn't hear on TV.
4.5 stars rounded because FINALLY! A young adult is REALLY a young adult book, and not a NEW ADULT book pretending to lure underage teens to its dirty sex scenes (cough ACOMAF cough)
This book is REAL, age appropiate young adult.
Seriously. I can't be the only one noticing that lately you find almost the same amount of nudity, drama, sex, and heavy topics such as drugs, rape, cheating, bullying, violence, and "inappropiate" behaviour in "YA romance" books than you'd find in edgy New adult, adult fiction, even erotica. (cough Paper Princess, cough)
Well ladies and gentleman THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME (promising yet tonguetwister-ish title) is a book that isn't trying to pretend to be what isn't. You know from reading the blurb that you'll encounter the typical high school drama, the bad boy, the nerdy girl, the fake relationship, the mean characters and for once CUTE YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE LIGHT ON DRAMA AND A FULL OF CUTE, AGE APPROPIATE FUN. Anyone looking for heavy drama, originality or edginess won't find it here. This is a book that might appeal to readers in search of a romance with no complications, no cheating, plenty of fun banter, cuteness and in short, ENTERTAINMENT.
As I said, this book isn't prentending and isn't pretentious. It's not trying to be original, what book is? and it's not trying to be intelectual. The premise is very basic and very compelling. Taylor, a nerdy girl, is bullied at her school for being, well, nerdy! Oh! so you're a nerd? virgin? bookworm? Let's make fun of you.
Then our nerdy heroine finds herself in the bed of the school playboy. Isn't that cool? And neither remember a lot of that "wild" night.
It turns our that our virginal nerd girl finds herself again the victim of bullying. This time one of the worst forms of bullying: slutshaming. OH how dare you sleep with a manwhore? Someone you aren't dating? He can sleep with a lot of girls and that's fine, but YOU are a woman and you shouldn' t ake control of your sexual life, you shouldn't make bad decisions, you should stay in your nerdy role and never stray from it. To get rid of the slutshaming she asks Evan (book boyfriend, I want him to be real) to date her in real life and he not only accepts! he even drafts a contract! Who the hell has a contract for a relationship?
This fake relationship is supposed to save heroine's reputation. Because slutshaming works with double standards and women can never win. If you are a virgin you're a prude, a judgmental bitch, an undersirable nerd. If you sleep with someone after a moment of poor judgement you are a slut. All this sounds very heavy right? It's what's happening, in this school and all around us, but that's not what the book is about. The author could have made this book an anti-slutshaming and pro-feminist book, but instead she focused in the story, in the fun, in the banter, in the entertaining factor. This book is not preachy at all, it's not dramatic. It's just fun for the sake of fun!
The book being a Young adult book, doens't have a lot of steaminess, but it compensates that with cuteness and smiles. YOu have to suspend disbelief a little because the attitude of the teachers in this book is almost supporting of bullying in a student, but other than that I think this book is a great read. It might be silly at times, this is a book that you shouldn't think too much or you might start to find things that will ruin your reading experiences. This is a mindless reading but that's what makes it a great summer read.
I want to read more of the author.
Safety issues:H unfortunately kind of has eyes for other girls after starting to date the heroine, but everything was so cute that didn't bother me....more
UNSAFE READ ALERT! OTHER WOMAN DRAMA UNSAFE READ ALERT! OTHER WOMAN DRAMA
Dropping two stars and maybe dropping the series for good.
UNSAFE READ ALERT! OTHER WOMAN DRAMA UNSAFE READ ALERT! OTHER WOMAN DRAMA
Dropping two stars and maybe dropping the series for good.
Spoiler for this book and the sequels (view spoiler)[ Jack, the hero, works as a escort and at first I was okay with that because, he says that sex is rarely part of his job, he says that women usually hire him for non-sex stuff, like for making exes jealous or him going with them to proms and events. Stupid me! I believed him! I'm trying to read book 2 and after Jack and Isis kiss he not only keeps his job but his relationship with an ex-flame is stronger than I thought. If you don't like love triangles F/M/F avoid this series. That's a shame because Isis is one of my favorite heroines, she has serious self-esteem issues and she hides behind her humorous facade to try to survive. A heroine like her deserved better! Please don't tell me that's not cheating because he's not officialy dating Isis! It's 100% disloyal and stupid! I hate it.
Also he kind of dates platonically (at Isis insistance) one of heroine's best friends. It's a very platonic relationship that seems to be only to make Isis happy, but now that I know he's so close to Sophia I see his dating Kayla as weak, disloyal and traitorous. (hide spoiler)]
I'm taking back everything nice I said about Jack Hunter. I'm so glad I didn't pay for book two!
Original review. I feel tempted to erase it, but my friends liked it already so I won't eraset I'll just hide under spoilers.
4 I-couldn't-stop-reading-I-couldn't-stop laughing stars Thank you so much The dreamer for the book recommendation. I loved it. I thought that Cassandra Clare, J.K Rowling, and Jennifer L. Armentrout were the authors to go when you want to read cute bantering and female characters with the wittiest comebacks. I was wrong. Not even Isabelle Lightwood can contest Isis Blake's sass. The first 50% of the book was text-book of how to write a heroine with the smartest comebacks and the sassiest dialogue. Even her internal monologues were so entertaining. And she spoke some of her internal monologue aloud! Even better: she never became embarrassed about it! She's crazy like that.
Practically every page of the first half of the book is full of funny dialogue. I don't recommend reading this in public. It's very difficult to keep a straight face while reading this book.
That's not to say that I didn't find problems with this book. I'll address those later, but the fact that the protagonist Isis Blake is a Gem difficult to find in contemporary "romance" (notice the quotations in romance, I'll address that later) makes me want to give not 5 but 6 stars.
Isis Blake is a force of nature. One of the most complex heroines I've read in recent years. She's completly and unapologetically crazy, she can be as immature and childish as a 5-year-old one minute, and a very loyal friend the next. She can plant weed on a locker to get revenge of her enemies and then go home to cook dinner and take care of her depressed mother. She could be the girl you'd like to be your friend or the crazy freak you'd want to keep at an arm's length because she's just so unpredictable and so unapologetic. I personally wanted to hug her and offer her comfort. From the moment I read the first pages and the way Isis feels about love I knew that she had been hurt, both physically and emotionally and that all that humor, all those contradictory attitudes (one minute she calls herself ugly and feels insecure, another minute someone tries to bully her and she'll rise to the occasion by jokingly calling herself "hot") seemed to be rooted in her need to fight against the people who hurt her, against her internal demons, against her tragic past. I really got to understand her character and to feel as though she could be any girl I know. She's like a young Lorelai Gilmore (watch the Gilmore girls if you haven't) Lisbet Salender (watch the girl with the dragon tatoo Fincher's version) Buffy the Vampire slayer, and Jenna Hamilton from Awkward. Except Isis is wittier, sassier and way much more broken inside than all the other women I mentioned.
Maybe it's not so much that she's so strong as much of the fact that she's constant and true to herself and never acts OCC. To be honest I've read contemporary heroines that are sassy and strong, too. The problem is that at some point they act stupidly or more like the authors make them act stupidly. Isis can be silly at times, but never stupid. That wasn't a problem with this book, although there were other problems, but none of them were major for me. The hero compensated for that and now I don't even know if I should enter into detail into those problems as they are very personal. I feel most readers wont' have any problems reading this book unless they hate dark topics. Even if you don't relate or like the heroine at the very least I'm sure you'll finish the book quickly and be thoroughly entertained and laughing and enjoying the crazy situations. This is a good mix of comedy and dark topics.
I love Jack Hunter. He reminds me so much of another favorite of mine Aleksey from The V Girl UPDATE, I TAKE THAT BACK! JACK ISN'T LOYAL and he has eyes for other women !!!hate him!! I'm recommending this book to my group of friends who love Aleksey as much as I do. The leonine silent attitude. The fact that Jack's not a manwhore. He's a silent, broody jackass that can also be very caring. He challenges the heroine and protects her at the same time and their first encounter is in a situation in which both are in opposite sides of the war. He can be hurtful one minute and then dress as Jack Sparrow the next because he knows that SHE is crazy for (and as crazy as) Jack Sparrow. I love that so much. My only problem with him is that (view spoiler)[ unlike Aleksey who never loved anyone else, Jack seems too attached to a girl in his past. It's clear that he loves her in a way that isn't clear to me, does he love OW as a sister? or does he have other feelings? Love triangles aren't my thing. If he's really into that girl (I'm crossing finger the sequel won't be about that) I think he might enter the category of disloyal heroes, because he kind of dates one of Isis's friends (not exactly date, more like letting the girl kiss him so the friend would be happy and Isis would lower her guard and smile more) and I don't know if he's being disloyal or not to this other girl. And if he really loved her at one point that will ruin the book for me. I want him to love only Isis. (hide spoiler)]
WARNINGS with potential spoilers: This book follows the tendency of late to include strong language, dark situations (prostitution, PSTD, rape attempt, date rape attempt, suicide, bullying, drugs) in a YA read. There's no nudity or sexual situations (a descriptive make out with clothes on happens) , but just beware that lately YA romance is becoming more and more edgy. Also at the end of the book some situations will require your suspension of disbelief.
I'm recommending this book to fans of the enemies to lovers trope and fans of cute banter and slow burners. Perhaps also the fans of The coincidence of Kayden and Callie will enjoy this book (because there's pain behind the MC's attitudes) and the fans of Paper princess will enjoy the love-hate relationship and the reality-show-soap-opera situations full of drama. (hide spoiler)] Taking back everything I said about the romance in my original review, the 3 stars are all for Isis! That girl deserved more! After all the pain she went through, it's so unfair.
I'm upset! This is the last time I read unfinished contempoary series. I swear! (view spoiler)[Cheating (hide spoiler)] in the sequels is the worst!
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No cheating, but for my friends who prefer no OW (Other woman) and No OM (other man) drama here's some info: (view spoiler)[ The drUPDATE: SAFETY INFO
No cheating, but for my friends who prefer no OW (Other woman) and No OM (other man) drama here's some info: (view spoiler)[ The drama comes because Hero has a lost daughter. He didn't realize the girl was his. The mother is a woman he was very in love with, and this woman cheated on hero with his then best friend. The heroine tries to abandon hero because she thinks that he should be with his daughter. I agree with that which is why I don't like when heroes have children with OW. He'll never be there fully for heroine even after HEA and he'll have to keep seeing OW as long as he wants to be with his daughter. (hide spoiler)]
Original review. 2.5
If I was only rating based on the hero, I'd give 6 stars. Sadly, the authors added unnecessary drama and wasted the potential of that awesome guy
Mixed feelings. I loved this book for the first 60% . Then as it's common on the New adult/Erotica self-published genre, once the couple get to bed the authors add some drama/separation. It seems like they feel the need to add filler and drag the story so the book will have a decent length. I hate filler. At times it's well done at times they ruin the book. In this case, they ruined the heroine. I really liked her in the beginning. Smart, snarky, she didn't take sh¨It from anyone. The she took sh¨t from Graham's ex and became so stupid that even asked advice from her own boss and ended up hurting the hero. I hated her for being so childish and hurt the hero (remember aby abernathy from beautiful disaster? worst than that). I hate when authors do "adult fiction" then make their characters have less sense than a YA character. So this smart woman couldn't come up with something better than ask for advice from a stupid woman she despised, then follow that advice with the worst plan ever? After his grandma had warned her of what would happen to the hero if he got hurt again?
I might be part of the minority on this one, but if a book it's good, the story is complete no cliffy, a decent beginning, middle and ending even if it is only 100 pages I still pay gladly for it. I have a lot of books to read and because of that short books aren't a problem for me. I finish them quickier and move to the next. I'd pay more happily for a cute short novel than for 1250 pages of adding things that make the hero/heroine act out of character. This book would have worked better as a 200 page novel.I prefer a short novella like Puddle jumping or Beauty touched the beast than pages of dragging just so the authors can charge more. I like to invest in an idea, a concept, a good story, not in the length of the book The beginning was so cute, the chemistry off-the charts and the mails and texts were a nice addition. It could have been epic with a different last third of the book.
What do I mean by dragging? There are a lot of pages wasted on a test, and that test was completely unnecessary because the reader knows by that moment the twist of the funeral. And I didn't believe all the drama that came from certain death. Hero was suddenly having doubts about having sex with heroine because he needed to go the funeral of the guy who stole his ex-girlfriend? A guy he hadn't spoken for years? You'd think it was his best friend dying, but no.
The good thing is that the ending is happy, it's not a cliffhanger and overall it's entertaining.
It might look like I hated it, but I didn't. I enjoyed it for the most part and was thoroughly entertained before the filler.
The 2.5 stars are for Graham, he was a sweetheart, so dominant and alpha, but also the authors made a really good job with him. He was dominant and tortured, but the way he was falling completely for the heroine was sweet. It was so cute that he was so close to his gran. Great hero. He deserved best.
I still would recommend this book to anyone looking for a decent-length, stand alone novel with a happy ending and a lot of laughs along the way. It has a lot of good reviews so like in my review of Paper princess I'm minority. You'll like it, specially if you have enjoyed the author's previous books.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
TRIGGER FOR DATE RAPE VICTIMS I hate when this happens. When everyone loves a book that I don't. I hate being minority. I signed up to goodreads to fanTRIGGER FOR DATE RAPE VICTIMS I hate when this happens. When everyone loves a book that I don't. I hate being minority. I signed up to goodreads to fangirl over books with other people, to like the five star reviews and ignore the haters.
I love when all my friends read the same book and love it as much as I did.
I hate to rate this book. A lot of my goodreads friends have LOVED IT! And I can see why. For the most part of the book I loved it, too. Then the twist happens and everyone still loves the book, but I don't. I'm left outside. So, yeah it sucks to be minority.
I hate giving bad ratings. I'd rather not finish a book than give a bad rating. However if in other occassions I prefer not to post a review or even a rating because a) I don't want to waste more time than the book deserves or
b)I can't pinpoint what I didn't like,
In this case I think I have to warn other readers who might have the same problem than I have. If you are warned, you might enjoy the book more than I did. In addition, I can tell when the book was ruined FOR ME. If you are warned of what you will find you might even give a 5 star rating, that I think the authors deserve because for the most part their book is not bad.
I think everyone will love this book way more than I do. People should give it a try. The authors have a way with words and for the majority of the book I THOUGHT THIS WAS FANTASTICLY compelling and AWESOME, I never considered not finishing it because the emotions, the characters, the journey were so good that I just couldn't put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who isn't a freak like me: A freak who has a high sensibility on (view spoiler)[CHEATING. (hide spoiler)]
Why? Oh Why? Can't authors think of another way to create drama? Everything was going so well, then that twist. IIt ruins the sequels for me. I asked a refund from amazon and I'm not continuing with the series. Again that's me. I'm extremely sensitive to (view spoiler)[cheating. When I read a romance I want to root for the couple and I don't want the hero to have eyes for anyone but the heroine. I'm the kind of freak that thinks of Travis Maddox as a cheater and same from Kayden from the Coincidence of Callie and Kayden and Drew evans from Tangled . Yes those guys weren't with the heroines when they tried to/or slept with someone else, but once the hero has kissed the heroine EVERY INTERACTION WITH ANOTHER WOMAN even a kiss is for me a form of cheating. In this case Reed goes way beyond what Travis, Kayden and Drew did. It makes him undreedemable for me. (hide spoiler)] I wish there had been a warning for that twist. I hate hate hate hate when the authors (view spoiler)[ make heroes cheat (hide spoiler)]
This is also a NA book marketed as YA. I'm okay with sex scenes, actually I get bored if a NA book doesn't have at least a bit of sexual tension and I prefer self-published authors because they cross the YA/NA boundaries more often than traditional published books. I just think the ethical thing to do is to warn the readers that there's sex in the book so people who like sex will buy it, and people who prefer "clean" reads stay away. Readers under 18 should stay clear from this book as it contains (view spoiler)[ drugs and rape scenes. (hide spoiler)]
This book reminded me of Tijan's fallen crest series, except the twist I mentioned. I think that I wouldn't have hated the ending as much as I did if I haven't been so involved with Ella and Reed. If you don't mind (view spoiler)[cheating heroes, if you don't mind cliffhangers (the sequel will come out soon) (hide spoiler)] and you like Tiijan give this book a try. If you hate when NA is labeled as YA then this book might not be for you.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The awkward moment when the rave review is longer than the book itself.!!! LOL
I'm in love, completely captivated and you can tell that this one of my
The awkward moment when the rave review is longer than the book itself.!!! LOL
I'm in love, completely captivated and you can tell that this one of my all-time favorites ... among novellas. Yes, as the reviews say this is a very short novella but each moment of it is priceless. If there's something I hate is filler. I rather read a short novella that focus on the important than pages and pages of nonsense. Guys, this is a kindle unlimited and if you don't have KU you still should give it a chance it's only .99. and it's a book that you can read in your lunch hour and you'll have a great time. If you don't mind the lenght you'll love it. If you are still doubtful why don't you try the free amazon sample?
Notice that I love LOVE LOVE this book as to write this long review for such a short story. I don't know what is about it. The swetness, the feeling that even among two broken people love is posible, the miracle that love can do when a man feels broken and underserving until he finds HER. This book pulled ta lot of the romantic strings of my perverted heart and reminded me why, when it comes to romance, I prefer to read selfpublished authors that nobody of my group of in real life friends know.
What is it about? Well the heroine Erin is young and works for this tortured, older man (have I told you that I love when the guy is older?) .Blake lives in confinment on his masion and doesn't talk much- He's always lonely because he shuts himself, people have hurt him in the past although it's not clear why. Not only that. He's scarred and doesn't feel worthy. She feels attracted to him, but she also feels unworthy of a man as wonderful as he is. Because Erin might be young but not stupid. She has seen beyond Blake's mask and knows that under the bitter, scarred exterior there's something good.
Then one day, she thinks he's not at home and finds him, ehem, how can I say it? Taking a little relaxing time with his toy?
And the worst?
He says her name when he's done
Even worst: he sees her there.
And that's how this epic love story starts. All this happens in a couple of pages and from there you'll see two people finding each other in a world that doesn't understand them.
Is this an erotica book? I'm not sure. I associate the term erotica with pointless scenes of sex that have little or nothing to do with the plot (not complaining, it works for some books). This book is steamy, has sex scenes even if the book is so short, but I wouldn't call this book erotic, because I thought they were beautifully done and helped me to understand Erin and Blake better. Practically all my favorite books have erotic scenes that help me understand more of the characters and their internal struggles and when the couple DON'T CHEAT is a sure 5 stars from me. When a sex scene is just there because it has to fill a quota of steamy scenes or worst, when/if the hero cheats. I lose interest. That's why I didn't want to read this book at first. Erotica is a hit or miss genre for me and I found this book among a bunch of menage offers on kindle, but this book was more than an erotica. This was about love and redemption and I couldn't love it more.
Warning: This book is in 3rd person, but it works well for the story....more
Ladies and gentleman if you thought that we had got our HEA on Deathly Hallows you were wrong. This play (because it's not a book, it's not a novel itLadies and gentleman if you thought that we had got our HEA on Deathly Hallows you were wrong. This play (because it's not a book, it's not a novel it's a TRANSCRIPT OF THE REHEARSAL PLAY, P-L-A-Y, PLAY get used to that or you won't enjoy the fun) This play opened, not the door, but the gates of hell, W.I.C.K.E.D's maze walls, the red sea, to not one, but hundreds of stories on the Potter Universe.
And that could be:
or could be:
It all depends how you want to see it. And I for one, want to be happy about this.
More of Scorpious and Draco Malfoy please! Scorpious my baby! YOu made this book so fun to read!
Yep, Harry Potter is alive and so is the legacy of his former enemies and a new whole set of stories could come from this.
WARNING: If you're a rabid potterhead who complained about everything the movies changed, you will complain also about the liberties the play took on Harry Potter's personality. In my opinion the new writers didn't get what is the real sense of Harry Potter's personality. In fact I didn't see much of Rowling's voice or style in the play. I think she was barely involved. There were several times when I was HATING the things that Harry said and did and shouting at him. "BE A MAN" and that ALMOST ruined the book for me in a couple of places. But fortunately for me, things worked well eventually and I was just so into the story and the suprises that came with it that I was able to enjoy this book a lot. I was laughing, crying, facepalming myself, raging, even applauding at some points.
PRE-READING THOUGHTS JULY 31 AT EARLY MORNING BRIBANE TIME I'm so nervous for this one.
Wish me luck! It'd be so terrible if this book isN't up the quality of the other! Update: If you're looking for an early non-spoilery review (with warning for spoilers for those who search spoilers) look atMeredith's review I'm dying to see if I agree, with her but at the very least I know already that we got easter's eggs and plenty of fun
Update 2 August 1 early morning on Brisbane
I'll insist on this: you have to approach this book with an open mind, this is a PLAY transcript, not a novel, and it's not entirely J.K's Rowling mastery as other authors are involved. If you think too hard of the why's? and the how's? you'll ruin to yourself what is an incredibly journey back to the story we love so much. A really fun, fast-paced journey. If you start to complain of the format, the worldbuilding (or lack of it) in this play or if you think too hard you won't enjoy the rollercoaster of emotions. And that's what Harry Potter should always stand for: To create emotions on the readers and boy! This was such an emotional journey for me.
I was just so happy to be back to the story. Yes, the format of a play is a little bit off putting at times but I enjoyed so much all the winks (or as my good friend calls them, Easter eggs) thrown there for the fandom. I can't tell you what they are, because that would ruin your fun. You have to read them, but read this play with an open mind and without thinking much or you won't enjoy them.
This PLAY (not, book, not novel, PLAY, sorry for being repetitve but it's necessary) with all the limitations it had really expanded in a lot of things that I had been wondering for a while and I'm sorry that I read this in public because my friend and I were making exclamations all the time.
"yes, yes, that's so cool!" "I knew it," "Oh my god!Pefect choice for Minister of Magic" "Draco! Draco! I knew you had it on you!" "WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT??? Harry wouldn't ever act like that, and MC GONAGALL WOULD RATHER DANCE WEARING ONLY A G STRING THAN AGREE TO THAT." "nOoooo, don't do that, don't do that, aaaaaaaaaaaaargh!" "Yes, draco, yes!" (notice that I love Draco's role in this book)
And around the 80% mark I was like
And hugging my friend and shouting with her:"MIND BLOWING TWIST!!!!"
I should have seen that coming after the maze thing, but I didn't and I'm so happy I didn't because it blew my mind!
So if I had been dwelling in my dissaproval of the most clumsy parts of the book, the cheesy dialogue and what these authors did to my beloved Harry: (view spoiler)[ They transformed him in one of the worst fictional fathers ever , but I should have known, he was raised by the Dursleys, of course he was going to be a stupid father, but thanks god at the end his common sense makes him see how wrong he was (hide spoiler)] I wouldn't have enjoyed the ride. I want to kidnap JK Rowling and tie her to a chair and force her to write an expansion of this world,because (view spoiler)[ covers 4 years of howgarts school years and I need more of that and more of Lily, James, Rose, Hugo, there was no ted tonks and no george (hide spoiler)]
The format of a play is not the ideal format to read this kind of story because the notes for the actor are not enough to visualize things, they are in italics and at times are rather clumsy
"this is a spartacus moment" <--meaning? (We are readers, not experts on classic Hollywood movies; Theater, Literature and movies are different things. And which one of all spartacus moments you are referring to?Isn't that like an iconic story with plenty of iconic moments?) "Hermione looks stunning as a rebel" <--no description of clothes or facial attitudes as this is a play and the actors are supposed to represent that on stage "Titanic" <-I laughed out loud at that and not the good kind of laugh
I want to re-read already. I might up or down my rating based on that, but I don't regret for a minute having read this play, and now I want to see the play on stage. I'm happy. Harry is back and this will become a movie I'm sure. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Update November 5th Adding warnings for my friends who expect not only faithful hero but 0% OW activity. Look my warnings at the end of my original reUpdate November 5th Adding warnings for my friends who expect not only faithful hero but 0% OW activity. Look my warnings at the end of my original review. This is important because this is a book that I recommend all the time to readers who like me hate cheating 4.5 solid stars, rounded because this is a great New adult read, FREE OF CHEATING, barely any slutshaming and the hero is just adorable. I've found a new book boyfriend!
Devin Paisley as Garrett!
Thank you so much my friends of the safety gang for giving me information of this book. I was about to pass on this one because the author is the same of that rape fest, disloyal hero fest, antiromantic sex-scenes called Paper princess. I can't believe this is from the same author. Where one book seems to be pro-rape, and is 100% inappropiate for a "YA romance" audience, this book was sexy, romantic, funny, smart (for the most part), realistic from the point of view of an abuse survivor and her strugles, full of anti-rape messages, (almost)free of slutshaming, mature but still addictive in spite of the lack of drama and it was definetely a joy to read. In short the word I'm really looking for to describe this book is AWESOME!
Garrett is the ideal book-boyfriend if you were looking for one. He manages to be a tortured soul, manwhore without being a cheater or a disgustingly abusive guy! He was so manly and sweet at the same time. And the best is that he had a very funny side. I laughed so much with his wit and his charm. I love him so much that I got pissed of at Hannah for taking a stupid decision later that hurt him so much, but other than that I didn't have problems with this book.
All starts when Hannah, an abuse survivor and an "almost-non-TSTL" heroine (TSTL=too stupid to live) agrees to tutor Garrett in exchange of him helping her to get the attention of her crush. I say almost non TSTL because what I noticed from the two Elle Kennedy books I've read is that her heroines are strong for the first part of the book and later they become obedient and go along with the crap others put on them. For 70% of the book I was like "This is going to be a 6 stars" and it wasn't until the end that I had problems with Hannah because (view spoiler)[ she looses her spunk or more like Elle Kennedy makes her lose her spunk. She lets herself be blackmailed and intimated by Garret's father. I wouldn't have even agreed to talk to that horrible man (he beats his wife and beat Garret when he was a kid), but she does it because "otherwise she wouldn't be able to concentrate in work" and then it's obvious that this man wouldn't retire financial support from Garret. I wouldn't have fallen for that, I would have put that man in his place, and even if I had believe his lies, I would have talked to Garret first rather than hurt him. There were so many ways the separation could have gone withouth her turning in a TSTL girl. Not only that. She doesn't talk about this to her friends, and then she lets herself be convinced into talking to a traitorous girl who treated her badly in the past during a recital. I wouldn't have talked to that bitch, but in the same recital Hannah is too agreable to this girl and too cold to her friends (hide spoiler)] but I still would prefer to root for Hannah 100000000 times over Ella, the heroine from the other Kennedy book I read. At least Hannah managed to be FUNNY, AND SMART FOR 80% of the book, she didn't slut-shame and she didn't let Garrett set the tone of the relationship or ordered her around. I love that in heroines.
Another thing that I love about this book is that sometimes you find adult fiction/erotica marketed as New adult reads, but there's barely any references to college life, to coming of age journeys and to trying to find your place while you're studying. Example of this would be At any price by Breana Audrey. It's labeled NA, but in reality it's more adult/erotica/romantic suspense. I love New adult, I love to see the struggles of people reaching adulthood but not quite there yet. This book is new adult featuring college life, full of college/coming of age situations and in my opinion a must read of the genre.
The romance builds slowly betweent these two, but it's not completely free of insta-love. I think it has the right rhythm for you to root for these two to be together, it's fast in a way but still you get to know them really well before anything happens. I enjoyed so much that. This book reminds me a lot of Beautiful disaster with the difference that Garrett never considers cheating throughout the customary separation of the couple that happens in all NA reads. Hannah considers cheating, though! But at the end nothing horrible happens and we get our HEA and closure. No cliffhanger here.
I'm recommending this to romance readers who like me hate TSTLness, cheating heroes, slut shamming and "adult" characters acting like teens. It's been a while since a contemporary romance impressed but The Deal surprised me in a good way, just when I was about to give up on the erotic romance genre.
WARNINGS There is OW activity twice. Once the same day H talks h for the first time and another when she's still crushing in another guy but she's slowly falling for hero. I didn't mind. My hard limit is when that happens after our couple kiss for the first time. (view spoiler)[ In this book OW happens when they were only strangers and later friends and it wasn't detailed. The first time is fade to black, the second time is a little more visual, I could picture the scene but rather than upsetting me I laughed at it because it was awkward the way Hannah caught him. It didnt' bother me other than I wish Hannah had refused to change their appointment. However, since a lot of my friends hate OW activity and one even didn't finish the book because these scenes I added the warning. I'd say also that I haven't read book 2 but I DNF book 3 because OW activity was too detailed for my taste but that's another free of cheating book, just be careful (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more