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If you are at all squeamish about spoilers, look away now. If you're not, then I am afraid I will have to include a little to adequately present my thoughts on this book.
There is a small paranormal taste in this story. And that is one of the things that I both loved and hated in this author's world. There are "Soul Mates" who are born to be the other half of each other. These soul mates can be both opposite and same sex. Once together, they have a "magical" gift to share with the world. And yes, these are "Romantic" connections. Some of the gifts described in the story include cooking, farming, painting, and singing. This was a very cool and unique concept. Unfortunately, it was also disconcerting and disappointing. These Soul Mates may not even be in love or happy with one another and still the pull was so strong that it could utterly destroy them. I hated that! The story begins with the heroine, Lucy. You can tell by my title that I really loved this character. She is trapped in the destiny that is her mate, Caden. Caden is horrible! He is not good for her at all. He is self-centered, cruel and a cheater. Lucy is completely absorbed by him. He make all of their decisions with no regard at all for Lucy and her needs and happiness. I won't go into it here, but this really is a parody to real life and some of the dependent women I have seen. At any rate, Our Lucy is so strong! She reaches deep inside to fight the magical pull and leave Caden to regain her sanity and self. She is definitely a kickin' leading lady! She meets Seth who has lost his "Mate" in an accident 18 months before and is a shell of a person from her loss. Seth and Lucy form a sort of friendship with benefits. We're introduced to Lucy's "best friend," Jax. So here comes my hate for this story. Lucy was such a great character. She deserved to be First to someone, folks. I just couldn't stand this! She's not first with Caden, even with the Soul Mate thing, he's only concerned with Caden. She's not first with Seth, cause he "will never have a connection" like he had with Elsa (his soul mate)..no really, he says this. Let's get started on this so-called BFF, Jax. I hated this little piece of work. She gets jealous of Lucy and Seth's "hook-up" and treats Lucy horribly. She won't pick up the phone when Lucy is in a desperate crisis situation. Oh, wait she FINALLY listens to her voicemail and calls Seth when she can't find Lucy. And yeah, yet again Seth tells Jax, "she (Lucy) will never take your place with me." So what does that make her to Seth now..um, let's see THIRD??? Then of course, you meet Lucy's mother. She too places her "Mate" AND Caden above Lucy! OMG! I was just looking for someone, anyone to put her first. But alas, drama happens - Lucy can't trust anyone. Then, the story ends and I won't finish giving away the ENTIRE plot - but I guess it could be construed as a "happy" ending. So yeah, I loved some things - Lucy, the throat clogging emotion the story invoked, the writing was REALLY good. Hey, what can I say? I don't like being anyone's second choice! And when I read a book, I want to "live" it. I just didn't want to live this one.
I knew something was afoot when the author included a little letter to the reader about alternate reality where everyone has a soul mate.
What she neglected to tell us is that the soul mates we meet in this one are d*cks... or dead.
And I'm really not sure what the significance of the soul mate thread that was woven throughout the story really meant. In this alternate reality it's possible (apparently) to fall in love and even have relationships/children with someone who isn't your soulmate. Which was a little confusing, and I ended up just thinking what's the point to all this. The author tries to introduce a little mysticism by saying that magical things happen when mates get together, but frankly that's a bit tainted by the death and dickiness.
Lucy's in a band with her mate Caden who is a dick. He sleeps around on her and it turns out he forges her name on some music contracts AND steals a song about her dead father and publishes it under his own name. See? A dick.
So she quits and waits to be sued for breach. Goes back home to deal with the death of her father and meets Seth who lost his mate in a car accident last year. There's an attraction but what's the point when his mate is dead and she's got one even if he's a dick because "they all go back to their mates." I still don't understand this. Then we meet her mother who is a piece of work and who left Lucy's dad when she found her own mate Randy who is also a dick. There's a pattern here.
So poor Lucy is all mixed up and grieving and feeling her way through her issues. And then there's Seth who's an artist who has lost his mojo upon the death of his mate... until he meets Lucy.
Also, no one in this book owns an umbrella or raincoat so they're always drenched and getting naked and sometimes sleeping with each other.
While the story itself was sufficiently compelling, the soul mate thing muddied the waters. I liked the style of writing and I enjoyed Lucy a bit... she could have been more developed.
I won't read book 2 if it's more rain and soul mates who are d*cks.
WTActualF is that? The fact that you can have a deeper more whole connection to someone who isn't your soul mate, renders this story completely pointless.
There were things that were interesting & even loving and sexy here. But that goes for the story outside of the whole destined mates things. This book would have been fine without the confusing & disppointing mess of the soul mate angle.
So no, I can't say I would recommend this one. I would say skip it.
It's hard to ignore the added elements here. It really mucks up the story as a whole that other wise would have been a decent read.
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