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Did I read the same book??
on July 10, 2011
I don't understand all of these amazing reviews on this book. I thought it was flat out awful, but I trudged through the whole thing due to all of the great reviews it had, just hoping and thinking that is HAD to get better. It didn't. I really don't like tearing books apart and normally just skip doing a review if I didn't enjoy it (I know I could never write a cohesive story myself and try to give authors their due credit for doing so), but this was so far fetched and unrealistic and there are SO MANY raving reviews that I just had to write a warning to other serial romance readers.
First off, I did expect some cheesy factor - if you read the description, then you knew the premise of the story and that it would have some fantasy/unrealistic factors. However, I did not expect the entire book to have just one after another after another, instead of creating a believable plotline after the extraordinariness of their initial meeting.
***Spoiler Alert - skip this para if you don't want to know details*** Discounting their cliche meeting (since it was in the title of the book), she a) left with him to go to another country after knowing him for ONE DAY, b) he apparently has enough $$ to get her a passport within TWO HOURS as she has never left the country before (making the one day trip even more believable), c)she just HAPPENS to speak the language of the country they are going to (ok, at least a reason was given for this even if unlikely) and d)he offers to donate 10 PERCENT of company profits to charity just like that? No looking at numbers, financing dept, etc necessary? The US average is 3% and a big deal is made over companies that do 5%, so 10% is a HUGE amount. And those are just a few examples. Unfortunately, the book is riddled with them and it would take hours to list them all out properly - especially the last few chapters of the book (ahem~forgives mother in 2 paragraphs~ahem).
All of that aside, I really can't stand when an author wraps up one major plot point at the end and then tacks on a whole bunch of smaller issues just to make everything neat and tidy like this one did. Everything and the kitchen sink was thrown in the final chapter to make them one big happy family without showing how they got there, as well as suddenly dropping in a cliff hanger for the next book. Yes, I read romance, but I am not an idiot. I like to understand and relate to the characters, I like to work with them through the issues and problems so that when we come out the other side, I feel like we really fought for something and treasure our win. Throwing in a villian last second, a 5 second reconcilliation of a 20 yr hurt and a left field cliff hanger to set up the next book did not allow me to do that. The book was one dimensional, unbelievable and baffling (to me at least) in its reviews.