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Strange romance story
on April 10, 2012
Let me start off saying that I'd really give this more like 2.5 stars. I didn't hate the book and it fascinated me enough to keep me reading. The main characters are DEEPLY flawed, much more than you get in your average romance novel. That was ok with me. I actually kind of liked Eddie's character. He's clearly got serious mental health issues but he's a decent guy underneath it all. I enjoyed seeing him come out of his shell a bit and want to change his life. (And I liked that he needed professional intervention to do that--true mental illness isn't "cured" by love as other romance novels would have you believe.) I also enjoyed finding out about his past and the big revelation at the end, which I admit I didn't see coming. My problem with the book was that lots of stuff kept happening that didn't make any sense. The way the characters meet is just odd, and their second encounter is downright disturbing. I don't want to spoil things too much (and if you don't want ANY details stop now!), but she actually contracts to be a hooker. That's right, SHE sets it up with her sister's pimp (itself a totally weird sub-plot) to take the job--it's not some sort of crazy mix-up where he thinks she's a hooker but she's not. The situation and what she does when she gets there makes zero sense. Then there's a part of the book where he holds her captive in his house. Um, that's called assault, not falling in love. For a guy with severe anxiety and trust issues, he pretty much accepts her and her insane behavior right off the bat. And the plot line with the radio show and the mysterious caller she falls in love with...huh? How could she fall in love with someone she's never even spoken to with her real voice? And why doesn't she make any attempts to get to know the guy she's actually sleeping with in real life? The characters keep having weird, emotionally detached unprotected sex through the whole thing. I suppose that's how supremely screwed up human beings would act, but it still rubbed me the wrong way. In the end I wasn't sure I felt much of a relationship between them. Obviously they gave each other some measure of peace and seemed to have the potential for something more, but at the end of the book it felt like they were just barely starting to connect on a deeper emotional level. Interesting read, but not one of my favorites.