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I understand starting a series that a writer would want to put as much info so we can understand a little bit about all the character, but I don't think giving secondary characters a POV in this book really worked out well. I feel she should have left a little bit of mystery with the other characters so we can learn more about them in their book and just focus on Nate and Ali.
I'm hoping the rest of the books in the series aren't like this, but I'm afraid they may be because I read an excerpt at the end of this book for one of the books that was later in the series and it seems she continues with the multiple POV *sigh*.
I also had an issue with the editing and some of the descriptions. For example:
'...and plunge balls-deep inside you until your squirmin' beneath me like a worm on a hook and beggin' me to never stop.'
First of all, it's 'you're' instead of 'your', And who wants dirty talk using a fishing with a gross wiggly work as an analogy? Yup, that was like throwing a bucket of cold water all over me.
All too soon we have reached the many reasons I regret slogging through the book. What typically takes me a lazy afternoon to read took three days. Each of the reasons are on equal footing because they're all equally annoying. First, the heroine Ali, who is a 29-year-old Kindergarten teacher, can't say a bad word to save her life, wears lacy panties, pukes at the sight of or on hearing about blood and gore. Yet, we're supposed to believe she has no problem shooting a gun and assaulting people, and demands to be part of the resolution knowing she can't handle what will inevitably turn out to be a bloody, gory revelation. I refrain from bad language in many of my reviews, but Ali annoyed me to no end.
And since I mentioned puking, there's just an awful lot of it. I've never read a book where so many characters puked in trash cans. The puking is almost a character in and of itself. If puking is something that defines a particular character, fine. But half the cast? Maybe this was done to make them seem more vulnerable, but I found it off putting.
The prolific use of outdated cliches and pop references does more harm than good, that is, it dates the book. There were at least two cliches that bugged, one I highlighted: "The ol' plate was full up to the tip-tippity-top." A plate does not have a tip or top, as a plate is more of a flat disk with an edge. A bowl can be filled to the top, but not a plate. The plate is full or overflowing. What the author wrote simply doesn't make sense; even though we can infer the meaning. There were also random cliched sayings that I'd attribute to older characters in my age range (45+), not by characters who are in their 20s and 30s. I have a 23-year-old son who teases me about the very cliches in this book.
Rather than the story being able to go beyond it's publishing date, the book will forever be stuck in a specific time period. In addition to dating the book, a pack of 20-30 somethings knowing the pop references is not believable for me. I don't mind a character having a penchant for 80's music, but to splatter the book with useless references is irresponsible at the very least because there was little to no evidence in the story to support that those 20-something and 30-something characters knew the references. My opinion is that the author's prolific use of pop references, real terrorist group names, and the like were nothing more than an attempt to divert attention away from the thin, contrived, unrealistic plot from start to end. Only one scene is believable: the torture and disembowelment of the brother. It was described in such detail that I almost wanted to puke. Unfortunately, I had an actual nightmare after reading that scene. You shouldn't use the excuse that it's fiction to take such latitude with the plot. It's irresponsible.
One of the worst, pieced together plots I've read. Makes me sad because I enjoy this genre. Other than Ali (really can't stand her), I enjoyed the characters (that's the reason for the 3-star rating), and as much as I'd like to read more about them, I'm not sure I can follow through with this series. Today, you get a resounding "not gonna do it."
If you like sexy military , hunky guys, a thriller, suspense and oh yeah, romance, this one is for you.
Nate and his best friend Grigg were on a mission that went really bad. Grigg did not make it home. Nate was there when they told Grigg's parents and baby sister Ali. She was devastated and fell right into the arms of the man she has always loved Nate He tries to push her away until she is suddenly being followed and was mugged on the street.
She heads to Chicago to the Black Knights headquarters for answers as to why she is suddenly in harm's way and what exactly her brother was doing when he was killed.
Great story with a lot of characters to learn but I can see these books going far. Definitely on my series to read bok list.