- Paperback: 574 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 197450381X
- ISBN-13: 978-1974503810
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 386 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kristen Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in Indiana, but has lived in Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she’s been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least), but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, living in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
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The secondary characters are caricatures as well. Shaw, at 17, has the maturity of a well-adjusted 40 year old. Greta's mother is ridiculously evil, think Wicked Witch of the West, and the two ex's are over the top as well. Greta's ex has piled financial resources on her to the tune of a house, paying for her brother's care and pretty much setting her up for the rest of her life. There is some confusion about this, though, as at one point, the owner of the nightclub is under the impression that Greta has the second job as a singer in order to pay for her brother's care and that she is struggling. Hix's ex is hard to relate to. She has the perfect husband and dumps him for the most ridiculous reason ever. When he begs her during the year of their separation to explain why she split up the family, she wants him to guess. The reason is nothing short of anti-climactic.
In addition to the exaggeration, there is the repetition that Ashley has become famous for. The old 'It was not fabulous. It was FABULOUS!' is alive and well.
"No good. Not good. Because it was good. It was unbelievably good." This little nugget was on the first page and had me eye-rolling right off the bat. Where are the editors and beta-readers to give an author feedback when they are over-using a particular writing technique? I noticed that another reviewer is exhausted by the whispering (whispered is used 153 times) and muttering (muttered 136 times) that the main characters, like many other Ashley has created, do throughout this book.
There are several sub-plots that seem to fizzle. Many references are made to the $25,000 inheritance that Hix has, leading us to believe that perhaps his ex has gotten her hands on this money and spent it which would surely lead to some interesting conflict. At least two minor characters ask Hix if he'll be needing that money to purchase a new home. Poof! Goes nowhere. Then we have Beckman, the meth entrepreneur who has an agreement with local police to sell his wares outside of the county. That had the potential to be a pretty big conflict and Poof! again. The gunman scenario is ludicrous. There is a good build up in terms of trying to track the mysterious killer down with the most arcane end to a man hunt I can remember.
So, over the top characters we have seen before, a plot that fizzles and the cringe-worthy terms of endearment. What was supposed to pass for humorous just felt lame. "Okeydokey, smokey." "Ten-four, good buddy." "You can take the smokey out of his late seventies cop car and slap him in a late nineties Bronco, but you can't take the smokey outta the smokey." WHAT?????
So why three stars instead of two? The sex scenes! I would venture to say that the main character is sex and that the main plot element is sex. There are a number of Ashley novels that I have read multiple times and have faves I like to reread yearly. This is a book that didn't make me sad when I finished it nor would I want to reread it.
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