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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; paperback / softback edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015030
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So I didn't like the main character.
prolific reader
I have to admit the image that comes to my mind when thinking about a female Marine do not match those descriptors.
Jessica
I wanted to know why everyone thought this book was so bad.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By prolific reader on June 5, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't like to give negative reviews to first novels that are trying hard, but this book was too aggravating for me to recommend. I expected it to be a fantasy/romance crossover book, with a strong heroine and (most likely) a love interest or two. What I got was an obnoxious TSTL heroine who had too many different love interests after her.

The main character was rude, irrational, and sometimes just mean. She started out her psychology sessions by telling the guy to sit down and shut up, then told them how to get over it (whatever the problem). So I didn't like the main character. But the supporting characters, who were mostly fine, each had an even greater flaw: each of them liked her, for some reason. Oh, it was told to the reader why she was so neat, but she certainly didn't come across that way.

I'd like to say these are simply flaws in a new writer, but unfortunately these flaws ruined the book for me. It's going straight to the library pile. I'll try the author's next one, though. Maybe she'll get better.
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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on June 3, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You probably have read a book that was terrible to start with, but you kept reading it because you hate to give up on the book, or because you hope it will get better. Well, this book was like that for me. In fact, I dislike this book intensely for many reasons.

First, the writing was more telling, than showing, way too detailed (believe it or not) and frankly aggravating. Everything is explained to the reader, which I think is frowned upon in Freshman Creative Writing classes.

The main character was supposed to be a USMC Officer, which came off completely unconvincing. I found myself actively disliking her and her behavior. She was undisciplined, rude and her judgement was terrible, which wouldn't be expected in an Officer with significant alleged combat leadership experience. She also paired up sexually with two brothers (essentially) and a ghost throughout the course of the book, and I found that objectionable.

I completely understand the concept of fantasy and suspension of disbelief, but this book was ridiculous. What sort of therapist was she? The kind that inspired vapid, "Oh, she's so smart, and solved all my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder problems in basically one session," and simultaneously inspires erections in every single male she encounters, even those who dislike her. The words used to describe the main character were petite, delicate, and beautiful, and everyone wants to protect her, or spank her, which I also found aggravating.

I have to admit the image that comes to my mind when thinking about a female Marine do not match those descriptors. I have all the respect in the world for real Marines, but I don't think this irritating character would have made it through Boot.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By L. J Lewis on July 29, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Every once in a while there is a book that is so gleeful in its ineptness and so unrepentant in its insanity, it manages to lift itself off the absolute bottom of the barrel and becomes an entertaining laugh riot. That is Key to Conflict's saving grace and why it gets a two star instead of one star. Objectively, this may just be the worst book I've ever read. However, its crazy plot and lousy writing style also manage to make it one of the funniest. I haven't laughed this hard since Triggerfish Twist, and that was supposed to be a funny book.

Gillian Key is a total Mary Sue. She's only twenty-six but she's a decorated marine who has fought all over the world, a PhD, world famous vampire therapist for the undead, and mind-blowing great lover. Let's not even try to figure out how she has time to do all this stuff. Unfortunately, intelligent and sensible human being is not among her list of titles. Gillian is also a rude, violent, stupid human being. She constantly goes around insulting people and starting fights. For some reason, everyone thinks she's just the bees knees for it. That she has sass and vitality when its just rank stupidity. For example, during a super important peace summit between the humans and vampires, girl idiot here received a necklace from one of the vampire delegates and she decided to stab him in the face with it.

Gillian finds herself in the Carpathian mountains to give therapy to one Count Aleksei Rachlav. He suffers from fangxiety! Her idea of therapy seems to be to fire off insults while her patient tells her his life story and lust after him in her head. Back to the lousy writing style, during their first session the perspective shifts back and forth between them like five times in three pages and they muse over the main theme of "I want you, baby.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Reynolds on July 3, 2007
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Writing is a hard discipline and in many ways utterly thankless, so I congratulate Gryphon on finishing the book and getting it published. That said, I wish she'd put a little more work into it. I gave this book a fair shot, but the writing is clunky, with things explained multiple times, and lots of editorial errors. The lead character is contradictory within her own personality. She's supposed to be a therapist, but she could use some therapy for herself. And it seems every vampire is a "Count?" Weird. And then there's the fact that when her vampire lover gets upset with her, he spanks her. That's right. Spanks her. This is not sexual spanking, not a little BDSM going on, this is plain old punishment spanking. And she puts up with it. Where's the tough Marine? Would YOU submit to a spanking because your lover was angry with you? But then, the idea of spanking her like a recalcitrant child was brought up almost immediately in this book. Again, I stress, this is not spanking in a sexual situation, but punishment. I couldn't believe what I was reading.
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