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One of these repetitive aspects is her extreme breakdown of what's happening in a scene. Here's one such example from this book (there are many others and too many to count in her previous books):
I pulled the sheet to my chest wondering about the unease and remorse I thought I saw in Johnny's fact.
Thank I pushed the sheet aside, got out of bed, found my panties and tugged them on. I also tugged on the rust-colored T-shirt Johnny had discarded that had a very cool, faded, peeling away yellow decal that as designed to look kind of like an old-fashioned, fifties motor oil ad that said, On My Way Home, the only place to be.
That done, I went to my purse and took it with me to the bathroom.
I grabbed my toothbrush out of it, used it. I then unearthed the travel-size facial cleanser I'd brought with me and used that too. Finally, I found the travel sized moisturizer and I used that as well.
I tucked everything in my purse and found Johnny and Dempsey were back when I returned.
Seriously? I'm surprised the author doesn't describe the number of breaths the heroine took in between brushing and moisturizing. She similarly describes the rooms and outfits throughout her books in excruciating detail.
Another thing that Kristen Ashley frequently does in her books that I've grown tired of is to use extremely crude dialogue that I just don't think most people would use. Here, in a scene where Izzy tells Johnny she's on the pill and suggests he forgo the condom, is what I mean:
"I'm on the Pill," I replied.
His black eyes went molten.
"Ungloved?" he asked low.
"When you blow, I want all of that," I answered.
No way. Just no. Show me the woman who would really talk that way. I don't mind bad language or crude talk, but she's ALWAYS having her heroes talk about "planting my babies" in their women. Not wife, not love, but their "woman". Enough.
My last major beef with this book is that it's really boring. Mostly nothing happens. Also, it's not probable or believable that Johnny's previous girlfriend left a solid, loving relationship with a rich, gorgeous guy to go off with her loser, criminal brother. Then, when the boredom is almost too much, the author throws in a highly improbable kidnapping.
It's mostly boring, repetitive in the extreme and unrealistic. Her last book, Complicated, was better than the several that proceeded it so I had high hopes for this book. Alas, it was back to feeling like she's just churning out books again.
Please, bring back the REAL men and the REAL women who were so wonderful that I can still remember their names, their stories and all of the dialogue that made me love them.
I always buy each of her new books when they come out and I ALWAYS buy with the hope that it will be close to the genius of "AT PEACE", SWEET DREAMS, etc., etc., etc.
So sad that the thrill is gone from reading this author. Maybe there is hope?
Not even close. My last K.A book I said I was done and I should have remained that way. I will now. This book was even worse than the last one. Is that even possible? Yep. Did Kristen stop writing? Does someone else do it for her? So, this book is a Hookup. In case you forget that no worries, the author will remind you over and over. This book stars Johnny Gamble 54 times you will read the name Johnny Gamble and the rest just Johnny. Johnny Gamble lives in a place with a waterwheel, you will never forget this either since it is mentioned over a dozen times. The author tries to set up various conflicts and bad guys and ultimately fails very badly in K.A. like the Alpha saves the girl. The writing is horrible, even without the grammar issues. The characters are meh and then don't forget here's.......Johnny Gamble. Ack! His name is used so much you likely like me will forget the female lead. Izzy. There isn't much to her or memorable about her. She is very similar to the female character in the last book I read. Then insert you grunting, the inability to use a full sentence and on and on and on. Deanna's name is said so much I remember that. Then add the German term of endearment and puke a little. I was once a big K.A. fan. Now I hope to never see another book from her. You know how there are some great character actors? There are some authors out there that have that same ability with books. She used to be one of them. If a half star was an option, I would have gone that way.