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- Print Length: 318 pages
- Publication Date: January 3, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HOKH5OS
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The writing: it felt really weird. The author constantly capitalized sentences and italicize way too much. I swear I couldn't get through one page without A BUNCH OF THIS and a bunch of that. It just wasn't necessary and annoyed the crap out of me. The author also knocked down the barrier between reader and the characters and at times spoke to the readers and instead of feeling like it helped involve me more in the story, it made me want to pull away. Made it less real.
The characters and the way they act: they're supposed to be in their 30s but they sure as hell didn't act like it. Of course, Samantha the heroine felt the need to constantly reminds us that she was a "grown woman". Literally, over and over she looks down on people and judges them and demands to be treated like a "grown woman". I don’t like how at times it felt like she was judging people who weren’t like her. She certainly judges other women who could want men that she finds insulting. Like the Alpha Male. She says only women who are insecure and have low self-esteem could want a man like that and because she was a “grown woman” and confident in herself she saw them for what they truly are. And sure, Alpha Male’s aren’t the best sometimes but don’t knock down what other people are attracted to. Ironic that she falls for Kade who most definitely is an alpha male. Hypocritical much, Samantha?
Overuse of words: I swear it's like the author lost her thesaurus or something. The overuse of the words savage, ferociously and brutal was just crazy. And the sentence "Let’s lay it out, shall we?” showed up more times than I can count throughout the book, from both characters.
Oh and lets not forget about the fact that this book is supposed to be about a girl on the run from a scary past and yet she doesn't even talk about it until about 80% into the book and for only like 2 chapters, maybe a few pages in each. Honestly I don't even know what this book was trying to sell. What was it trying to make me feel? Think? I don't know.
I gave it 3 stars because despite how hard it was for me to continue at times, I was semi-interested enough to keep reading till the end. It could just be me and my moodiness so if you want to give this a try I won't stop you. This book was relatively high ratings so I could just be the odd ball.
First of all, there is nothing about this story I didn't like. From the first page, Christine Zolendz drops you right in the middle of a fast paced mystery that leaves you with just as many questions as answers. Samantha is a strong beautiful woman who will do anything to stay alive and protect the people she cares about and although she has been through so much, her life hasn't broken her and sees worth in Kade who doesn't see it in himself.
Kade Grayson can never mask what his past has done to him and never apologizes for his abrasive personality but this author has written him in a way that his pain is justified and not just seen as self-loathing. This story is well-written, sexy and pulls you so deep into these characters that you don't want the story to end. One of the best reads of the year and I highly recommend.
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