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Ache for You (Slow Burn) Paperback – November 6, 2018
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J.T. Geissinger writes unique, passionate love stories for readers who need more than cookie-cutter romance. Ranging from funny, feisty rom-coms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold more than one million copies and been translated into several languages. She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book and the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy and is a two-time finalist for the RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. She has also been a finalist in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.
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- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Paperback : 361 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503904385
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503904385
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (November 6, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #430,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Matteo was perfection. A noble blooded Italian that oozes sex appeal with a heart as soft and vulnerable as a puppy..I could TOTALLY get under that!! I fell for him instantly.
And Kimber? That poor girl. Within days her life was turn to chaos but her stubbornness was much stronger than the chaos around her. She put up a fight to get her world turned right side up and kept me laughing the whole time.
These characters had so much personal and chemistry I was more than addicted to the story. Don’t tell, but I even ignored work as often as I could just so I could keep reading. Even the supporting characters had their own drama that pulled me in.
I have enjoyed every single story in this series and this one topped them all.
What on earth happened here? It's as if the author dug down deep into THE CR BOOK OF STOCK CHARACTERS to populate her story here. The heroine, Kimber DiSanto, in particular, was not a top-of-the-line storybook female. She needs anger management classes, tact and diplomacy classes, a personality makeover so that she's less self-centered and more empathetic, and she needs a bar of soap to periodically wash out her potty mouth.
I'll grant you that Kimber has very recently been put upon by life. Her fiance dumps her at the actual wedding ceremony, her father in Italy is extremely unwell, her dress shop in San Francisco burns down. Fortunately, she doesn't have a dog or it would have died.
Kimber is a boutique owner and a clever dress designer. She keeps a sketchbook with her at all times in case she feels a creative design coming on. At the airport she's waiting to catch her flight to Italy to see her father when a very handsome man (very, very handsome. We shall be told throughout this book how very, very hot and good-looking he is.) approaches her, comments on the dress design she's working on and also proceeds to hit on her. not very subtly.
She proceeds to shoot him down. I guess he deserves it but she could have been a bit more polite in her rejection. And then when she's bumped from her flight, this very, very handsome guy offers her his first-class ticket but only in return for her sketchbook. So, very ungraciously, she accepts the ticket and, resentfully, hands over her sketchbook, because she's desperate to get to her father before he passes away.
Long story short, she makes it to the hospital to say her goodbyes and also learns she has a new stepmother. Her now deceased father, BTW, had a dress shop with declining sales which he has now left to her along with his home, with the proviso that his new wife must be allowed to live there as long as she wishes.
And guess what? The stepmother has a son. And guess who it is? Yep, that very, very, very handsome guy from the San Francisco airport. And guess what he is? A big shot Italian fashion tycoon. And guess what he wants (in addition to Kimber's body)? Her father's dress business. And guess what happens? They begin an annoyingly unpleasant and antagonistic relationship for most of the book, all of which would have been avoided if the very, very, very handsome guy had been more open about what he was really doing and really wanted.
The biggest annoyances of this book were (1) the abrasive personality of the heroine and the puzzle of why the hero would be so attracted to such a shrewish termagant, (2) the secretive behavior of the very, very handsome hero, (3) the ex-fiance and his behavior after the dumping of Kimber. My favorite part of the book: Kimber's "stepsisters". I won't tell you who they are but they were the most appealing characters of the book.
The other annoyance in this story, and it is something which often features in this author's writing, is the sledgehammer approach. She doubles down on awful events. The h doesn't just lose her father but is dumped at the altar, her business goes up in flames and she is saddled with a step mother she doesn't know. A little less drama would make for a better story.
This was a DNF for me.
Top reviews from other countries
Another humorous addition to the slow burn series with a Lovely love story building throughout.
I will definitely read more by J.T.Geissinger as I really enjoy her sense of humour, it really lifts the story's and makes you smile.