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- Publication Date: August 11, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005H5T7DE
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Firstly, the premise. An excellent premise. Woman becomes victim of brutal criminals, escapes into the mountainous wilderness to be rescued by a kind, handsome stranger who's living off the grid. Great premise. Where it falters a bit is right out the gate with a graphic and relentless portrayal of the woman's--Brook's--torture, rape, and beatings at the hands of the three criminals and one sulky female accomplice. This level of gratuitous sexual violence might be a good way to sell some books--I can't say--but the problem that arises is that these horrific images are emblazoned on the reader's mind so that when we get to the romance-y part of the story, it feels tainted by the earlier ugliness. At least it did for me.
(Props to the authors for not shying away from the true horror of such a crime; it takes some guts to portray such scenes without coming across as wholly gratuitous, for though I use that word to describe the sexual violence, I don't believe the authors' intent was rape for the sake of rape. I feel an honest sincerity here, which is why I'm even taking the time to write my thoughts here.)
A suggestion would be to NOT shy away from the actuality of the situation, but to employ some fade-to-black or hints as to the crimes, without actually giving us a play-by-play. Coupled with the fact that the ACTUAL loving sex scenes later are rushed, barely sketched out, and completely spare, it leaves an ugly imbalance.
What they got right was some really stunning turns of phrase and poetically written insights into the mind of an abused woman. They were like little flashes of brilliance scattered among usually generic "and then this happened" exposition. For example: "Even as she grappled with the concept on a purely cognitive level, her pep talk unfortunately did not reach into her subconscious. There, her spirit still dwelt in darkness, and she knew it."
I thought that a lovely, succinct description of her pain without becoming overly angsty or maudlin. And these types of flashes can be found throughout, such as her counting how many possession she has during her recuperation (a grand total of three items); another lovely SHOW of a woman who has had so much taken from her, figuratively.
Other parts to cut wholesale, if I might suggest an edit, is Lance's flashback argument with his ex-wife over living wills. That entire episode, plus his paranoia over a computer store worker somehow knowing all his info, did NOTHING to make me like Lance and I really wanted to. His dialogue didn't ring terribly "manly" to me at all times, and that argument plus the paranoia just painted him as a right-wing anti-government type of guy. Now, that might not be all bad to some readers, but to me it was a huge turn-off. Authors run the risk of alienating readers when their characters sound less like real people and more like mouthpieces for certain agendas. On a more practical level, I'd suggest a cut there for the simple fact it didn't serve the story, imho.
What worked well was Brook's recovery. The fact the authors took their time to really let the romance bloom slowly and sweetly was well done, excellently paced, and felt organic. The sex scenes, however, were abrupt and too vague only by contrast to the earlier brutality that was so vivid and over-described.
As for the ending, I'd ditch the first, keep the new, but not give readers both. It's too much. The second ending is far more satisfying, less rushed, more rounded. Again, strictly my opinion, but if both are going to be presented to me as if I had some sort of choice over which I prefer, Ending Two wins hands down. (oh and NEVER self-reference your own books! I'm looking at the Jerry scene here. Poor form!)
To conclude, there were too many excellent little nuggets of goodness in this story that make me curious as to how this writing team grows. A few too many things that threw me out, but all in all, lots of potential here
I think this would be an enjoyable read for someone who likes a LOT darker storyline.
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Started out interesting but about 40% through it was dragging too much.