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- Print Length: 216 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 11, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008KO2AJM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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review it. I think I would probably read the other two books in the series.
This book centers on two divorcees, Annie and Spencer, who are trying to navigate the world of online dating. Spence is bitter after two failed marriages and challenges his brother (the dating site's would be CEO) with a bet. If he can prove that everyone lies on the site and that people don't want what they say they do, then he will loan his brother the money he wants. If he can't prove it, he'll babysit. He makes up a totally fake online persona and starts looking for dates. All goes well until he meets Annie and falls for her. Unfortunately, Annie thinks he is the guy he is pretending to be, a down to earth construction worker, the polar opposite of her wealthy, powerful ex-husband. When he finally admits his lie, Annie must decide whether to give Spence a second chance or cut her losses.
This is where the book gets difficult for me. Up until this point I was very invested in the story. But even though Annie ultimately decides to give Spence another chance, she doesn't really seem like she is doing it. She's overly critical of every little thing and basically comes off as a hag. Spence ends up feeling emotionally castrated and closes off his willingness to change. In the end, they do get together, but I honestly didn't feel like they SHOULD be together by that point. The whole happy ending thing felt forced. But I would like to see what the author does with his two brothers in the other books in this series.
Spence joins one of his brother's dating site as two different people, himself a rich and successful guy and a widower. He starts to date one of the women who respond to his alter ego.
Now this is where Ms Shay shines. The woman has baggage and so does the man. A very good story.
I am interested in reading the other two stories in the trilogy. I did receive this book to review. Not hard to give Ms Shay a 4-5 star rating. Keep it up.
Here's the problem I had with the book. It took far too long for Annie for forgive Spence. He did everything he could to make it right. He gave her the space she asked for. He gently still reminded her that he was in it for the long haul. He would be patient because he knew he was wrong in holding back the truth for so long.
The story held tight in his point of view. It falls miserably in hers. I started to dislike her. After a while I wished someone better for Spence. I'm sure that's not what the author had in mind for her readers.
I found myself wanting to fast forward to the end. Is she ever going to forgive him? What more can this guy do? He did walk away eventually until she realized she should give him a chance. Her decision on this came by a very quick conversation with a friend. I didn't buy it. In her anger, she was unwilling to even hear him out on the truth about her son's bullying at school.
It falls flat. Would I recommend this book to anyone? No. I'd tell the author to go back, and do a rewrite. She can have a solid book. It needs to be edited a bit so Annie's forgiveness isn't dragged out to the point where you lose the reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was SUCH a disappointment. I liked the concept of the story and high hopes, but I should have paid more attention to the other reviews that all noticed the same things... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jessica McKelden Cave
Loved reading the trials and tribulations of Annie and Spence...and how they found a way to overcome their emotionally complex
reasons for being who they are... Read more
I liked the premis of the story but I really didn't like the heroine. Spencer was abused and he took it. I think I am sorry I finished the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CVM
I'm afraid I have to agree with some of the other reviewers who found Annie very annoying. She was quite judgmental and rarely let up. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RobinB
I got 64% into this book and deleted it from my kindle. The story started out fine and I was really into it but I found myself getting REALLY annoyed with Annie. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michele B.
I bought this book as one of a compilation of first stories in the author’s series, not as a standalone book. I did not like it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by caroljohns827
I really did not like Annie and Spence was just this shy of not being likable, but he did try far more than Annie to make their relationship work. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nana
Yes they were both flawed characters, but then, so are we all, to some extent. It was the journey to forgiveness and acceptance that I enjoyed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Inger