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- Print Length: 195 pages
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- Publisher: Dev Love Press, LLC. (November 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DUHRQ2K
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Harvard Hottie Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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So I started it. And the beginning amused me. Although it wasn't mutual loathing, sadly to say. But hey, one-sided is okay too. But as I went on things just continued to bother me.
Ellie is pretty much abusive... but she gets away with it because she's dating a guy in a wheelchair, and he's lucky to have her. At least, that's how it came across. She kept pointing out that he's "crippled" and saying things like "from the neck up, he’s still pretty gorgeous". Oh, and she basically emotionally manipulates him into having sex with her, even though he said no. She seriously pulled a, "have sex with me or we break up"
line on him. So, as a character I think she's absolutely awful and disgusting. There's a whole lot more I can add, but that'd require too many spoilers.
Now, Luke... he starts out iffy. But he's supposed to. And the only reason this story isn't getting rated a 1 is because of his character development. He's been through a lot and has grown considerably because of this. Between his accident and his father, he's had a lot to overcome. And it's not hard to believe he ended up with a woman who would also be abusive. It's really sad but also realistic.
Every freaking time Ellie, or any other character, went on trying to say how she can't be with Luke because of his physical disability I cringed - hard. The things these people said. And I'm not saying it's not something that happens out in the real world... but it was hard to stomach. Replace handicapped with any other race or religion and have a character say those things in a book... and they come off as racist/prejudice. But ablest speech still isn't taken seriously. So I think this book was great at being an eye opener to me in that regard.
Out of every book I read for this month's challenge, this one was the only one that I didn't like. I don't recommend it and I won't be reading the other book by the same author that I also planned on reading for this challenge.
I can't even explain how much I adored this novel. I would recommend in a heartbeat, and it is a seriously quick read. I read it in just a few hours. Do yourself a favor and read this because it is a different kind of love story, which is so refreshing from the cliched and templated romance novels that are published every day.
I mention the title because to me it suggested some kind of light and fluffy chic lit. With the handicap issues that are explored, there is nothing light or fluffy in this book. Ms. Costa again does a very credible job in describing Luke's life contained in a wheel chair. It's easy to see how much depth and growth have occurred during each character's lives.
You end up cheering for both of them and hoping they get their HEA.
Luke is flawed inside & out. He is very likable and relatable even though he can be arrogant and ruthless. Meanwhile, Ellie is offbeat with a snarky wit. She is the perfect foil to Luke. Harvard Hottie is a prime example of an opposites attract love story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a well written romance with atypical characters and a dash of humor. I can't wait to read more from this author.