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This book has kissing in it and a hot guy, so naturally it is the most awesome thing ever.
No matter that we have read this over and over again...
No matter that the author tries so hard to be snarky and funny that it almost eye-roll worthy...
No matter that it uses every YA cliche available including (but not limited to) the 'pretty but she doesn't know it' heroine, the 'tragic death' (eaten, I kid you not) that allows the characters a 'realistic reason' to be mopey, an 'I don't know why I'm so drawn to him but I just am' attraction, and a 'thrown on the end for no reason than to gamer interest in the second book' cliffhanger.
But whatever, there are hot boys kissing and saying pretty things, so it's great.
The premise of this series is so cool, and has so much potential, but with overly flowery cliche prose, an unbelievable romance that has no foundation other than explainable attraction, and a pace that puts you to sleep, this one falls flat. I had enjoyed the first one enough to read the second installment, hoping that the story would be better formed and more interesting considering it was second in a series and therefor would have less world building to do. However, the author spends the second book doing as much--if not more--world building than she did in the first, leaving no room at all for story. I kid you not, most of the book is spent watching characters do research. Exciting...
It's fluff, and sadly, not even good fluff. Save your money on this one and wait for it to come to the library.
This whole 'guy has to marry someone because of a will, so he makes a deal with a girl and they end up falling in love' has been done to death, thus I figured that with such a trite plot, the author would throw in something new to make it more interesting.
It's unbelievable, cliche, and repetitive at best.
If you've got nothing better to do, give it a read--but don;t believe the hype.
There isn't really much I can say beyond disappointing and letdown. If you want my advice--and the advice of HUNDREDS of other BDB readers--read the first four books of the series and stop. Really, just stop. It is nothing but downhill after. I had hoped this book would turn out differently as it focuses on one of the earlier characters, but this one was a total flop as well. Sigh....Read more
Not much to say about his one besides it felt like a waste. From two pages in you know exactly what will happen, and it does NOTHING new or interesting or exciting.
Poppy is so stupid that I couldn't even get into the story I was so frustrated with her. I know that Kinsella was going for cute and quirky, but it didn't happen and is FAR from endearing. No woman on this earth could actually think she can go through some random business man's work email,(and man she has never before met, btw), involve herself in his work affairs, and get away with it. Seriously, who would do that? No one. At least no one over the age of 14.
Also, the whole concept was so unrealistic. The idea that the only way this guy could check is email is on that partucular phone? REALLY? None of these people have access to a computer? No they don't. Why? Because it's the only way the story could possibly work.
Trust me you've read this before; and the older versions are much better.
This was an all right read, especially considering it was free. The fairy tale elements were interesting and fairly well done, although the heroine was more 'expected' than I would have liked. She was yet another beautiful smart girl who has no idea she is such. Don't know what the YA community has against confident self-aware heroines, but o-well.
The overall story was slow at points and sometimes a bit muddled, and there were a quite a few spelling and grammar issues. Could have done with an editor.
Not bad, but not great.
Yet another romance novel with a hero who is a huge jerk to the heroine for the entire novel, she falls in love with him anyway and is willing to put up with being treated like crap in the name of 'true love'. The hero's reason for being a self-centered bastard is of course is troubled past--as if that's some sort of excuse for being mentally abusive--and we are supposed to feel sorry for him. I am all for a tortured hero, but this was just bad. And then there is this 'strong and capable' heroine who spent the whole book being anything but. She was as infuriating as he was an abusive jerk.
Even for the low price, not worth it.
I really enjoyed this. It was short, it was sweet, and I do wish it would have been longer.
The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the multiple editing issues--misspellings and grammar/punctuation/capitalization problems--and the fact that the author spent a bit too much time talking about how much older the Hero was. I didn't have a problem with the age difference, but she brought it up so much that it did start to get a little girl-with-her-dad-style creepy.
But over all, good, and worth a read.
I was excited for this one as it had 4.8 out of 5 stars, but now having read it, I'm not sure why. It's not bad, but it really isn't anything special either. It's basically all the same story elements you have read a hundred times before, but in a different order. In general, if feels forced and unoriginal....Read more