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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
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.