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Sleeping Roses
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not sure of the last time I've read a book that has kept me so intrigued from beginning to end. I can't give spoilers, but will say that you will not believe the ending of this story. It will make you cry, think, and then gasp and leave you with the feeling that things aren't always what they seem. This is my first time reading this author and she impressed me greatly. I'd give this book ten stars if Amazon had them, it was really that good.
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70 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2012
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A dream is fleeting
True love, divine
Your life is your own
It's all in your mind.

It's all in your mind indeed. This book starts making you think as if you're one of the characters and you catch yourself choosing sides. Yes, it's logical to be on Sophie's side. She is akin to the victim. But what if David had reasons for why he behaved the way he did? Sounds suspicious? Well, I can't tell you more than what I think or I'll be ruining the ending for you.

Initially, there is a sense of security about the way David looks out for Sophie. Maybe, he's just a little over-protective you think. And then the layers start peeling off and in its place you see a sinister being.

The only reason this book loses one star from me is because of the formatting. The fonts tend to switch when the perspectives change and after a few chapters of this, it becomes irritating. Asterisks or some form divider instead of changing fonts maybe? But this is a matter of preference and has little to do with RaShelle's fantastic writing skills.

Looking for something to read this weekend? Then, I recommend this.

Overall assessment:
Story: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Editing: 4/5
Formatting: 4/5
Pacing: 4/5
Offensive content?: Yes, I would rate it PG13

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author through Orangeberry Book Tours. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
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The story idea for this novel was fine, but I found the characters to be two dimensional. As a survivor of domestic violence and having been to support groups for several years with many women who had also been through it, quite frankly, the author has no idea what she's talking about from the way she handled the protagonist's emotions or actions. The protagonist was, in a nutshell, not a believable character. The author spent more time on descriptions of things than she did on character development. I just couldn't get into this book at all.

I mean, really. When you've been violently attacked by the man who is supposed to love you, and been in a horribly abusive relationship whether emotional or physical, the last thing you're going to do is get into a romance with some guy that won't respect your boundaries. I kept wanting to yell "NO NO NO!" and throw my kindle against a wall but I paid too much for it to let it go to waste like that. The only reason I give this two stars is because it's not so horrible that I stopped reading after the first chapter. That's my criterion for a one star review. No, I continued onward and will probably force myself to finish, even though it's getting really painful now, about halfway in.

I found issue with so many small details, from medical procedures to the law. This book would better be listed as a fantasy, because this just isn't the way the world works. My college writing professor told us to write what we know, and now I completely understand why this is important. If you don't know about a topic, when you write about it, the lack really shows.

Good thing this book was free for kindle when I picked it up or I would be very unhappy about my purchase right about now.

EDITING TO ADD: Never mind, it was so awful I just couldn't finish it. I got only 49% of the way through it. Revising to 1 star accordingly.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2012
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I'm not sure how this book ended up being described as a mystery. But it is not a mystery. It's a romance, and a poorly written one at that. The characters are poorly developed, the plot is boring, and the author seems to have not been paying attention to time, sometimes making it appear as months and sometimes days. The one and only reason I kept reading is that some of the reviews mentioned a twist in the story at the end. So I kept plodding on, hoping the "twist" was worth the hours it took to get there. It wasn't worth it. I'm glad I only paid 99 cents, and it was barely worth that.
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70 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2012
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Sorry, the story might be OK, but the actual sentence structure is very bad. For example: "You know I don't care about men. I've moved on from them long ago. We both have heads with brains, but they don't use the one on their shoulders but use the little one between their legs with no brain." Whoa! Really, did you have to spell that out all the way to the end? We knew where you were headed with this when you started the sentence, so why type it out in all the banal detail? She continues: "That's why I've moved on to the better of the two species." Didn't she mean to write, "That's why I've moved on to the better of the two sexes"? Last time I checked--despite all their flaws--men were still Homo sapiens! If you're a stickler for grammar and correct usage, or simply can't overlook it, pass on this.
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54 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2012
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The writing in this book is atrocious! How on earth did this book ever get published? I think a grade-schooler could have written a better novel. Don't waste your money - even 99 cents. If you appreciate decent authors of romantic suspense such as Saundra Brown, Lisa Jackson, Heather Graham, and Allison Brennan, just to name a few, you will find this book quite laughable. And...the heroine is ridiculously stupid. Reader beware!
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2012
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I bought this for 99 cents and thought I overpaid.. after all the good reviews I was expecting a twisty mystery, and instead it's completely a mystery how this got published!!! It's like no one edited it, the characters are unlikable, and then ending was completely unrealistic and rushed. I was so frustrated by the story (decribing the Melting Pot like the copied it from their website?) that I flipped ahead and got it over with quicker. Don't buy this one.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
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This was one of the worst books I've ever read. It was poorly written with trite dialogue and an obvious storyline. I'm not sure why I kept reading - thought maybe there would be some physical intimacy ala Shades of Grey, but there wasn't and at the end I was sorely disappointed with an ending that didn't even warrant a tween novel reputation. Please save a few hours of your life and DO NOT read this garbage
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2012
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Definitely got put in the wrong genre here. this is not a mystery/police procedural, it is a crappy sappy romance with a whingy whiny spineless "heroine" and occasionally falls over some crime stuff. Couldn't get past the first chapter.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2012
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It was like this book was self-published without anyone checking grammar and punctuation. While an interesting story, I could see the "surprise" coming up and found the entire story simplistic at best. Guess this one was not up to my expectations.
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