Because I spent a good portion of the book wishing I could tell H to get a brain cell grooving and run from the basketDNF and filed in Bad Books. Why?
Because I spent a good portion of the book wishing I could tell H to get a brain cell grooving and run from the basket case h.
Then he nearly did but h acted like an even BIGGER basket case (and that’s saying something) and he was reeled back in. She couldn’t make up her mind and he was enthralled by the on/off inaccessibility.
So I decided these dysfunctional people deserved their macabre yet very boring tug of relationship rope and like those boring Facebook couples who play out every melodramatic on and off moment of their lurve, I was out.
Poppy (heroine) is emotionally frozen at age 16 (generously) and mistakenly equates denial with maturity, but has zero self or impulse control and seems flaky and not that bright. She casts a lure, snags her fish, then panics and squeals and tosses it back. She’s described as fantastic, accomplished and brilliant but acts as anything but. She’s every person you ever wondered why anyone put up with them or how they got where they are.
She was, frankly, annoying and boring. Trite and predictable.
Zach (hero) seemed great at first but his ongoing attraction to the heroine became dysfunctional and irritating then his compulsion to win her got a little creepy. Why? Why keep at this? Something not right with you either, man.
The book was a fail. It was dull, the chemistry and attraction was lacking—two dysfunctional people drawn to each other’s drama. The plot was boring: the oh-so-important child had mere cameos as bland yet convenient plot points; chores, school, lots of going out partying though she never does that; caricature secondary characters who were sadly the most interesting things; OTT mom for him and always babysitting but absent parents for her.
Two quick examples to back it up:
A 24 year old woman hides around corners to avoid a nice guy who did something nice for her.
He continuously does considerate things but the fact he’s honest about his sexual attraction to her makes her sure he’s a “one and done” guy.
Listen. If I can I’d like to save you the time and money on what i had hoped would be a fun and sweet beach read during my vacation.
If you decide to go ahead and read this, good luck.
It was filled with too many unforgivable elements: boring plot, lack of chemistry or sexual tension, no romance, untenable heroine and ultimately annoying hero, and no appeal to the point I didn’t care if they got together or floated to the moon.
The main female character has an IQ roughly equivalent of her shoe size. She is incapable ofA quarter of the way in. . .
Does it pick up and improve?
The main female character has an IQ roughly equivalent of her shoe size. She is incapable of conversation; sadly, she's only able to gasp, express OMG, hang her mouth open, or echo back what was said to her, like a parrot.
Case in point:
After the most inane bedroom conversation ever, the main characters end up at breakfast where I envision a well-dressed Bambi (the blonde bimbo in every college movie ever) forcing everyone to dumb down conversation significantly in order to not leave her behind. Luckily they think this is a performance art version of Legally Blonde (which, sorry to the more intelligent and personable Elle) and are amused.
Hero aka Jack asks her what she did with the dogs.
"Huh?" She asks, wiping a small amount of drool from her mouth. It *literally* admits she's such a flake that she forgot that he had dogs, that she liked the dogs, had spent a great deal of time with the dogs and (KICKER), her own name.
Struck dumb doesn't work as the *permanent* state of the character because BORING.
Jack's endless amusement and chuckles at her state of stupid makes him seem highly questionable.
Sorry but some hero rescue Belle did before the book began doesn't balance the stupid.
On occasion I get annoyed by the goofballness of KA's heroines but usually it's funny and mostly they're smart enough and entertaining.
Only sometimes are they such pinky in the corner of the mouth flake cases that I'm annoyed.
This one takes the cake though. If she doesn't grow a brain cell and this story doesn't pick up, this will be a DNF.
Oh! Omg! I'm lmao!
She's so happy at her rock where she does her best non-thinking though Jack is shocked she likes that spot on a cliff, considering how terrified of heights she is. So ensues another inane conversation in which he spends two pages convincing Belle it is a dangerous rocky cliff.
Oh! Our addled heroine gasps. Indeed it is a cliff, she whispers.
I almost want to finish to see how much dumber it can get.
It might be tolerable now that I suspect the author is having us on via satire. ...more
Just could not like Darci, who vacillated between acting like a poor imitation of a TV show inspired spy and seeming to forget it wasRun, Chris, run!
Just could not like Darci, who vacillated between acting like a poor imitation of a TV show inspired spy and seeming to forget it was a mission. What a dingbat. She's mental age 10 and emotional age 14. Not real bright but all teen drama. Why she appeals to Chris I'll never know. Oh. Right. Hot.
The series had been okay--a cute light easy read--up to this installment.
Let me save you trouble: quit before this one. I suffered through it (pain level 6 of 10). But the next one is the real stinker. Total DNF. ...more
If you don't mind whiny, bratty, and unlikeable heroines, this book is for you. Entitled snarky diva with an IQ equivalent to her shoe sizeJust...no.
If you don't mind whiny, bratty, and unlikeable heroines, this book is for you. Entitled snarky diva with an IQ equivalent to her shoe size Sierra does everything she possibly can to make her bodyguard's job harder. Luckily for the hero she is super hot; hot enough to overcome a personality that makes you sort of glad she's in danger and wishing just maybe something would happen to shut her up. T & A and bitchy attitude are man catnip according to Cat Johnson.
Using the trite formula that proves the inverse relationship between personality and looks further degrades the plot. This author mistakes bratty for endearing sassiness and thinks a hero forced to endure this for his paycheck equals sexual tension. Sorry but there's no romance or chemistry when you want to tell the hero to grow a pair and run from this hot mess.
I was seeking a light easy no stress read and this was an epic fail. She was so bratty and moronic I developed a migraine from rolling my eyes.
The first book in this series was okay. Okay enough I read the one with Darci and now her brother Rick (this one). The first one was okay enough but the second read with Darci...blech. I wanted to pitch her overboard. I tried this one hoping it would redeem the series. But no.
So I'm bailing about halfway. Ain't nobody got time for this. No time for 7 pages in a short book dedicated to making coffee.
Yes Heroine ever so cleverly managed to find coffee and make a pot. For 7 pages. It was painful to skim. You'd think it was a Mr Coffee ad with a precocious five year old figuring out coffee to save a life.
It added nothing to the plot though it did further heroine's character...as an overindulged moron. I guess at least she made coffee instead of sulking until Enslaved Hero did it for her.
And...scene. That was my DNF point.
The guys are cute enough you wish the series could be good but it's not and it's impossible to like a guy with such low self-respect that he goes for girls who act like this just because hot.
So much no thank you.
Back to trying to find intelligent characters in a good read. It's a tough hunt in this paper jungle....more
Absolutely outstanding on all levels: compelling original plot, characters so engaging and real you hope to meet them one day, and writing that is delAbsolutely outstanding on all levels: compelling original plot, characters so engaging and real you hope to meet them one day, and writing that is delightful.
I've read this book several times since it was published. Each time another layer opens and I get something new.
I'll start with the bad and end with good. Truth? This feels like it needed a better editor. The book aTL/DR if you liked Gone Girl you'll like this.
I'll start with the bad and end with good. Truth? This feels like it needed a better editor. The book and writing were good enough, compelling. However, it was disorganized and needed better structure.
Main weak spot: management of time in the story. It includes flashbacks but those are actually handled okay. It's the forward progress of time. The leaps. One minute you're here and BOOM you've whiplashed 9 months later.
Had I developmental edited this my fix would have been: one leap max, and to accommodate that, shift the mystery character to a later point in the book.
That would also fix a lot of criticism about incomprehensible decisions the main character Aimee made. It would fix some challenging suspensions of disbelief and key weaknesses.
Exposition was also a challenge.
By the time you reach the end and all cards are in the table, you want to slap someone. The main character. Or author. Had I, the reader, known that Aimee knew as much as she did...
Well it makes her and her choices much harder to comprehend. Almost stupid.
Had these things been managed better, the odd coincidences and near soap opera level explanations would have gone down more smoothly.
The epilogue troubled me but some have said its a cliffhanger to another book. This will be a series. I hope so. That would also tie up loose ends that I was bothered by.
Yes. I hope there's another book. I hope it's edited and built better.
This book was a page turner. I cared enough about the characters and was intrigued enough by the plot to see what happened next and hope things worked out.
The main characters were developed well. So were the secondary ones.
I appreciated the complexity and lack of predictability in the characters and plot. Sure there was some but real people are sometimes predictable. So is life. It resonated real in that way.
The author built the story and characters well in this way. Both were intriguing and engaging.
It was an interesting and enjoyable read. Once I suspended my frustration about the weaknesses--mainly the structure--I appreciated a lot of elements in this book.
You want a page turner with drama and mystery, plus a bonus romance? Give this a go!...more
I can't figure out how to rate this: 4 or 5? Split the difference with 4.65 okay!
I could not stop this book in the same way as Gone Girl.
I generallyI can't figure out how to rate this: 4 or 5? Split the difference with 4.65 okay!
I could not stop this book in the same way as Gone Girl.
I generally dislike first person and POV swaps but this one managed it.
I generally dislike new adult books but this one managed it.
I generally dislike "please excuse my horrid treatment of you but I have a reason" apologetic books but this one managed it.
I can't figure if this book was a new adult romance that happened to include some pretty brilliant and thought provoking elements OR if it was pretty brilliant and thought provoking storytelling that happened to include new adult romance.
I'm going with the latter because it really kept me hooked and never asked me to overlook massive weakness (plot, character, writing).
In the end, this was a book about a young woman coming of age and into herself--neither of which were a big leap for her as she was pretty stable in her own skin, which was so refreshing--while getting a summer away. She also got to resolve a lifelong burr under her saddle: a bully from her youth.
This simply happened to include a romance, which was pivotal not incidental to the story, and built very believably.
The author carried us through a well-plotted story with suspense and intrigue, and heart, with characters who had dimension and character.
No. Bad book. Bad heroine. Contrived plot. Weak writing.
Another romance where a woman hides a pregnancy and child from the boyfriend/father.
This timNo. Bad book. Bad heroine. Contrived plot. Weak writing.
Another romance where a woman hides a pregnancy and child from the boyfriend/father.
This time the woman lets her child miss possible medical treatments the father can well afford and lives paycheck to paycheck out of pride and fear of her own heart breaking again. Waah waah
There's no prologue or flashback nor explanation of the romance that produced the child. So we are left with a summer fling when both parties went off to their own next life step. So the heartbreak is why?
At one point there's a sort of implication she would have stayed but he wouldn't.
Still. No excuse for her lying and hiding, especially when the man is depicted as a pretty good guy.
You just don't buy it.
It makes Maggie look weak, and cruel to Ben and their daughter in that weakness.
IMHO there better be a DARN GREAT reason for hiding a child from a father, especially if the child has a crucial need the father can fulfill.
So. Halfway through and bailing on the book. I can't stand weak mealy mouthed heroines who swan through a story leaving hurt and destruction behind due to insecurity, pride, and so forth.
But we are supposed to love and root for her.
Please build characters with character and intelligence and some maturity.
Even if I could suspend my annoyance at the heroine, the writing is kind of hard to overcome. It feels like reading the equivalent of a bad phone connection. Wait how did they get there? What caused that to happen? They did what? Why?
One second the heroine is plotting to avoid the hero, who is baffled and hurt by her antipathy, and the next they're rolling in passion completely in love and in a relationship.
He's pledging to her and the next second she's acting like she's the side bit of fluff. Huh? Why?
Because she's so insecure.
It's like the hero and heroine aren't even in the same story.
Throw in an interfering snobby mother, b*tchy interfering ex, and it all plays up to Insecure Heroine's weak spots so she's even nuttier and mean but we should understand our poor professional Victim.
Well another disappointment. I had such high hopes with this one. It had such great reviews.
At least it was free and I didn't lose much time as I bailed halfway through.
I just wish more writers would create admirable heroines in strong stories....more