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- Print Length: 166 pages
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- Publisher: Ocean View Books (April 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TP4X5CM
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Begin Again (The Ludzecky Sisters Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Nia is stuck in a holding pattern and because of this she does something that is wrong when Paulina begins to date. The seed she planted had unintended consequences of hurting people. I know she thought she was protecting her sister and keeping her in reality but it really just ended up causing pain. I think that she does begin to grow in the end and see that allowing someone in doesn’ t diminish what she had with her husband.
Paulina is a vibrant firecracker who is strong and stubborn. Upon meeting Adam she has a attraction but fights it because he is uptown and she isn’t. Adam begins as the snob. He can’t understand his pull towards Paulina but believes she isn’t his type and are from different worlds. As the begin to see each other, it is Adam who sees their similarities and embraces their differences. She puts him in his place and gets him to see beyond his world. He opens up to her and changes. He begins to see the world has grey and colors other than black and white. That your societal standing doesn’t matter as long as you are with the one you love.
Paulina though goes opposite of what she is raised to be. She becomes the elitist. She begins the relationship wanting no strings and just sex. which she gets and is steamy and romantic in the way the intimacy occurs. But than Adam gets feelings and she is fighting and denying hers. Adam changes the game. He looks beyond the differences and embraces them. He gets to know the person and likes what is there. He loves the firecracker and her kindness. She though again becomes the snob and what she tells him is just horrible. No wonder Adam reacts how he does. Her family blames him but Paulina knows the truth. Nia knows as well for she encouraged this.
In the end it is Nia who helps Paulina and Adam. Nia and her mom. Her mom points out that Paulina is acting snobby and judgmental. That she is being narrow minded and not listening to her heart.
The writing grabs you and with the differences and the clashing these two do you get a fun steamy romance in which the two characters grow and see that differences and where you come from doesn’t need to be a barrier but a adventure that should be embraced. That your heart is what you should follow and that love is what matters.
Featured are a family of six girls with caricatures abounding. Everyone is a extreme version -- the tomboy, the damaged wallflower, the uber-business woman, mama bear, et al. Then we have twins marrying twins and one couple having twins. I found the interactions between the sisters to have an artificial feel, which frankly went along with the featured romance.
Adam the architect is one of the most wooden, prissy heroes I have encountered. He's a 37 year old bachelor who has never had a hang nail and admits to matching his shirts to his eye color. He believes all men do this. On meeting Paulina, he thinks her round-faced and plain. Then her refers to her as the girl-next-door type, later sees her as pretty, before she morphs into beautiful. As if the author realized she has made her hero too stiff, she has him falling down into mud puddles on a dates and exploding beer on himself all while wearing a tiny borrowed sweatshirt at a restaurant. I believe this was supposed to be endearing, but it came across as farcical. Add to that the heroine going commando in the borrowed clothes of the restaurant owner's daughter and the "ew factor" went through the roof.
The fact that Adam didn't dump his girlfriend before having sex with Paulina was a deal-breaker. Why ditch one woman until you determine the next one is good in the sack?
For some who refers to herself as a lifelong writer, I was stunned at the multiple paragraphing errors involving dialogue. Middle school students learn than when the speaker changes, you start a new paragraph to avoid confusion.
“Maybe.” She nodded to Steve. “He’s cute. But you never liked blond men.” “Things change. I’ve been trying to tell you that.”
Having Adam sprout athletic ability late in the book does little to convince the reader that he is a match for Paulina or ready to be a step-father. It is hard to imagine muddy cleats or grape jelly in his ivory tower world.