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Whiney, Self-pitying, Clueless Heroine! Extreme Ick Factor
on December 9, 2012
I got this as a free download from Amazon and that is one thing I am happy about. If I had paid for this book, I would be screaming for my money back. Before I go into the negatives, the writing, itself, was good quality; it flowed nicely, made sense and was grammatically correct. The editing was very professional. Because of the decent writing and editing, I gave it an extra star; I was originally going to give it only one star.
HOWEVER, the heroine, Angie, is one of the most annoying characters in a romance novel, ever. All she does is whine and carry on about her broken heart throughout the entire book. The rest of the characters are almost equally unpleasant. This was billed as a "contemporary" romance. I don't see anything admirable about a heroine with so little self-respect, courage or class. I completely removed this from my Kindle; it was that bad.
Angie's boyfriend of two years waits until Thanksgiving weekend to dump her, all the while letting her think she is going to get a marriage proposal from him. Now, she's a broken-hearted copywriter whose current assignment is to write romantic ad copy for a jewelry store, to encourage men to buy diamonds for their significant others. Instead, she keeps putting her job and the future of the company she works for in danger by writing bitter, sarcastic putdowns of love. Lots of integrity, maturity and professionalism going on there.
The boyfriend is a totally self-absorbed jerk who drops Angie for her (EEEWWWW!) sister! High Ickiness Factor, right there! Oh, by the way, three years earlier, the Boss that Angie has The Hots for also dumps her for a fling with the same sister. Double "EEEWWWWW". But wait, it gets better: Angie's entire family knows that Angie's boyfriend is cheating on her with her sister, WEEKS before Angie finds out. This puts the Ickiness waaaay over into Downright Creepy territory, for me. Just the kind of charming, caring family I want to read about during the Holidays: an walking pity-party, a slut without a conscience and a self-justifying crew of morons.
I read more than half way through the book, hoping that Angie would learn some wisdom, find some class, grow a spine or develop some self-respect. Instead, she starts to have fantasies about her boss, Kyle, while still whining and moaning about her lost love and broken heart. (This is the same boss who had the fling with Angie's sister earlier. EEEWW, again.)
Finally, when I could take no more, I started skimming through the rest of the book, hoping that Angie would finally do something positive! Nope, never happened.