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Since most everyone has left glowing reviews and hit the highlights I will forego my usual synopsis and focus more on why this book didn’t work for me on many levels. It simply fell very short of my expectations after canvassing the raving reviews.
Unlike most of the reviewers I honestly didn’t like Paul (Epic) from the beginning and still didn’t care for him in the end. It was like he was two different people and I felt a real disconnect between Paul now and Paul thirteen years previously. He was a notorious womanizer and man-whore and was an a$$ most of the time. Arrogant, conceited and self-absorbed doesn’t begin to cover his shortcomings. If he had really grown up and matured why was he still avoiding the only woman he had ever loved? There were so many things he left undone when he left Clara and for this reader the author did not convince me he earned his redemption! And the big thing is, if it was left up to him he would have never returned. You can’t convince me it was love he felt for Clara. I never got past the fact that he left, never checked his emails, and failed to reply when his attorney friend had informed him she was trying to reach him years ago. When he arrived at the ‘meeting’ his plan to walk in and treat her terribly then turn and leave AGAIN! Oh yeah, I forgot that’s how we treat the person/people we love most in the world. He didn’t deserve Clara or their daughter.
The formatting was awkward with the of POV switching back and forth. I had to keep turning back to the first page of each chapter to see who was speaking and it was confusing to say the least. I had to work too hard to stay abreast of the story. First there was the past. Then there was the present. Then there was the present that was the retelling of the past. Next came the present and finally ten years in the future which gave us little information. It gave me whiplash and took away from the story. I wanted more present day. I just didn’t care for the retelling that could have been summed up in a single chapter at the start of the book. The epilogue was beyond weird. I at least hoped that Paul and Clara would have had another child together even though she was close to forty. One where Paul would have stayed put for a change. Just disappointing all around. I simply did not buy the storyline and the two opposing personalities of the hero.
I also had an issue with how much of a man-whore we were led to believe Paul was. I have trouble respecting a character when he can’t keep his pants zipped, especially when he is in love with someone else. If I don’t like one of the MC the book is shot to heck for me. Others talked about how much they loved Paul and I kept waiting...and waiting...for a big moment where he would be redeemed...but it never happened for me. The story left me with several unanswered questions and I didn’t feel it was completely wrapped up.
I was not impressed with their sexual encounter after thirteen years apart. It was lacking. Very little intimacy to be found in the telling of this story. I also didn’t appreciate Paul’s crassness and crudeness at times. It made me think of him as low-class and not too bright. I didn’t like the image it painted of him in my mind.
Ok, I’m stopping now. I’m going to put on my armor to protect myself from all the stones that are going to be thrown my way.
sounded like Clara and vice versa. When women write from a males point of view often the male sounds exactly like that. He comes off as sounding and feeling and acting like a woman. Marcus seemed more masculine to me than Paul. Maybe it was the drawfism, but he was a more well developed character than Paul.
I can't put my finger on what about Paul didn't sit right except that he just sounded like a woman, like Clara.
Don't get me wrong I cried like a baby at the so the book has some merit because that's not an easy thing to do. Three and a half stars from me.
This is a tough review to write. It was recommended highly by several bogs, but didn't quite grab my attention so I didn't buy right away. I just finished it and have mixed feelings about it. It contained a few laughs and some teary spots. These kinds of stories do that to me. Paul was missing a lot of depth as a main character, I was disappointed and felt that he was shallow and selfish. He may have been young but his behavior even for a 20 something was childish and rude. Ashley and the boys seemed more mature and they were teenagers. Even the prankster Marcus proved to be compassionate, after learning Clara's reason for being there.
"Life is too short to be subtle." B.N. Toler