- File Size: 637 KB
- Print Length: 100 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0122KZUOQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,511,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Alfredo's: Pretentious Volume 1 Kindle Edition
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Though this is set in an almost modern big city, there's so many to choose from Jena had a little bit of world building to do to establish where. She does this quickly in the first few pages, and then turns her attention to the next biggie any author needs to establish - who are the characters.
One of the things I have found through the years is that a character driven book will draw me in very quickly. Alfredo's is not exception. Jena established the characters with quick sketches up front, and spend the rest of the story making them come to life. Everyone has their own trials and tribulations, joy, love, and focus. As the story unfolds, there is a sense of "what will so-and-so want to do this time?" And, even if they've already been in a similar situation, their answer may not be the same. Makes for a wonderfully diverse read. And, a fun cast to get to know.
This is definitely a fast paced, but not racy read. I know I tend to devour books once they've got me hooked, and this was no exception. It's listed on Amazon as a less than 2 hour read, and I'll admit when I looked up after diving in, it had been about an hour and half. I only mention the time, because so much happens in that little short stretch. Each piece flows smoothly into the next without a burble to indicate time's passage, so it feels much longer while you are immersed.
While the entire Pretentious story is a romance, Alfredo's only gives you a peek at what's coming. The young crush-love does form the core of the story, but there is so much else going on that this almost gets overshadowed. At least in my memory (and, I admit to writing the review without refreshing about the story, so a few of the details may be a bit off kilter, as I'd been on a reading binge, then had to take so long to write. I'll revisit after I've had a chance to refresh the story in my mind.) The fact that after several months, I remember the pleasant glow of satisfaction when I finished, and eagerness to reach for the next in the series tells me that I not only enjoyed the book, but that Jena did an excellent job weaving a richly worked tale, that many different types of readers will enjoy.
Being the first book in the series, there is a lot of ground work laid out but Jena Baxter has the ability to do this without just “telling” everyone’s background. In this beginning of Danny and Aryn’s journey, we meet some great people. Mama is wonderful! I just want to hug that woman! I think that she is going to be such a big player throughout this story. Danny and Aryn have such a great connection, it’s innocent, sweet and has a lot of room to grow. There is several things going on and I cannot WAIT to see where they are headed! Definitely grab this book and join me on this journey. 4.5 STARS!