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Joe and Violet are such a pair that I read romance for. I went for about 20 years without reading romance novels but Kristen Ashley made me come back. This book is sooooo good. Please read it!!!
I was an English Lit Minor in college. Read Dickens, Hardy, Austen, etc. and loved them. Went on to Stephen King and mystery and suspense novels. Loved them. Now I have a major love for KA. You rock KA!!! Thanks for what you do for me.
One of the things that made this book so good is that I could, from word one, connect with Violet's character. She is an everyday person, a single Mom with two teenage girls and a job at a garden center. I was not reading Violet's story, I was living it (although I'm not a single Mom, don't have teenage girls and don't work in a garden center.)
Joe is KA's typical hot, macho, alpha male. He is more tortured than most and at times acts very badly. Watching his struggle to avoid falling in love and Violet's quiet (but with plenty of spunk) beauty is heartwarming. Oh yeah I almost forgot--the sex scenes? Swoon.
One theme seems to be prevalent in KA's work. Love and redemption. Very highly recommended.
OK, I guess I hate the writing but sorta like the characters. My opinions, I'll try for no spoilers:
1. The writing is so detailed and drawn out it takes forever to make any progress. I was reading for 3 nights (couple hour sessions) and looked at my Kindle -- 18% ?!!?!?!! I usually finish a book in 4 nights max!!! Every.Single.Thought.And.Conversation. is detailed, sort of like when you have an actual conversation with someone. Except reading it on the page takes way loooonger.
2. The main male character, Joe/Cal, apparently doesn't know what a pronoun is. He speaks in short sentences jumping right to the verb, leaving off the beginning (examples: "Saw you there, came over" or "In your bed, staying") A few of the other characters do it as well, but much less frequently. Do people from Chicago really speak this way? Drove me nuts, confusing sometimes ;-) #seewhatididthere
3. Being a book lover, I diligently tried to power through the chapters, skimming over 3-page conversations about a dog..... then I found out in Chapter 18 this is really a mafia story??? I was expecting some sort of crime/tension/conflict to come up, but the whole story seemed to shift to a new set of characters and the mafia. Or maybe it's just that the first 17 chapters were so drawn out with details of 4-5 months of their everyday life that these new people seemed like a second book. I don't even know if that makes sense, that's how bamboozled this book has me.
I might try and finish it, if ONLY because I hate an unfinished book and love a HEA. But honestly, this book is making me crazy.
And Joe- geez, learn some manners, try letting someone speak & explain. Joe was a bully. He had a tough life -- but the way he treats Violet was ugly. After breaking up twice, he finally sees the light and accepts his feelings for Violet, after a horrific tragedy. He redeems himself to some degree -- yes I wanted their HEA.
Ultimately, it was a good story, with good relationships. Not sure I plan to read more books in this series though. Just longer than it needed to be.