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Against His Will Paperback – May, 2000
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
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...she was trying to tempt him.
"How in Hell did you lose her again?"
After mature consideration, and carefully reading through the surrounding text, one discovers that the scene and characters have changed to a different set entirely, but it's extremely irritating to have to work so hard for what ought to be a light read.
Whomever she paid to convert this book from its print format should be ashamed to have done such shoddy work, and the author really ought to get her money back.
Second irritation was that Jake and LeAnne were both supposed to be adults in their mid-thirties, but Jake especially acted more like a horny teenager. LeAnne was almost as bad. It ruined every scene where they were supposed to be interacting normally to instead have long explicit descriptions of what Jake wanted to do with LeAnne sexually (only he didn't, - he just thought it).
A final irritation was the dog Muffin. I really like dogs and I believe they are usually cute and smart, but Muffin was just so extremely portrayed that it was pretty unbelievable. If Muffin liked something, he would yip; if he didn't like something, he would snort. And Muffin supposedly understood all spoken conversations so that when Jake or LeAnne didn't want Muffin to understand what was being said, they would S-P-E-L-L a word so as not offend Muffin. An English bulldog really isn't that cute and certainly not that smart, but despite his apparent super-dog status, I kind of got to appreciating his frequent snorts! Muffin does one unusually bad thing when he bites an innocent child--his super highly developed "intuition" should have stopped him from doing that, wouldn't you think?
Finally at about the 3/4's point, the book got going and I enjoyed the final resolution. I once had a teacher who only used two comments when grading something. It was either "Good" or "Could be better." In the case of this book, I think "Could be better" is an appropriate comment!
* The characters were nice, likable people and the dog was adorable.
* The core of this book was the developing bromance between Special Agent Jake Donnelly and his inherited, male bulldog Muffin. It was sweet and the growth of understanding between these two was fun to watch.
* Jake Donnelly evolved.
* Although there was lots of internal dialogue about sex, we did not spend a great deal of time in bed.
Cons of this book:
* There was LOTS of internal dialogue about sex.
* The human romance was so predictable, it didn't really grab my interest. This was a romance/mystery, so I accept predictable in that we know HE and SHE will wind up together in the end. That wasn't my problem. It was their lack of flaw. Their lack of flaw was pretty much spelled out each and every time the two met. Ad nauseam.
* HE was physically perfect. He was the bad boy of every woman's fantasies. Strong of jaw, broad of shoulder, full head of hair, breathtaking eyes, manly, muscular, tall, the best FBI agent in the business, heroic, uber-wealthy (but of course the money was unimportant to him), made of steel except for his soft as mush, injured little boy inside just waiting for the love of the right woman. He was reluctantly aware of how drop-dead gorgeous he was, but only because no woman had ever said no to him, until SHE came along, so he was forced into concluding he had some physical allure.
* SHE was so physically perfect that he couldn't breathe around her. She was also completely pure in motive, chaste in spirit, innocent, highly intelligent, not a mean bone in her body, generous to a fault, uber-wealthy (but of course the money was unimportant to her), and naturally, completely unaware of how drop-dead gorgeous she was.
* Neither had a flaw except for the hurt others had done to them which caused them to mistrust. Sigh.
(Why are none of these men rough and ruggedly attractive because of that "je ne sais quoi" certain something about them? More like a Steve McQueen kind of guy. Why are none of the women attractive in a normal way that cleans up real well? The kind of people that get better looking as you get to know them because they grow on you by being intelligent, interesting, colorful and of good character? Give them some flaws writers, even if they're just quirky ones! JEEZE, I've NEVER met a perfect person, nor would they interested me if I did.)
* The writer is unfamiliar with segue. I suggest she study it. Her lack thereof was so bad that there was a point about 10% into the book where there was a change of cast, location and topic that was such an abrupt non sequitur, I called Amazon to give them a heads up that there was some sort of paragraph scrambling going on they should fix. To my embarrassment, it turns out that's what the author does. Please, at LEAST start a new paragraph. Don't just drop it in without warning. Once I got the hang of her odd style (oh, Editor where art thou?) it eventually quit throwing me off.
It is well worth reading for the developing relationship between Muffin and Jake. That story-line is wonderful. Everything else is just run of the mill filler. It was worth the $1.99 I paid for it as a Kindle Daily. It is NOT worth $7.69.