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- Print Length: 331 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499794711
- Publication Date: June 4, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KSH23J6
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It ends on a cliffhanger. There aren't anything I'd call triggers. Maybe talk and after math of domestic abuse.
We have Lauren, she starts out strong willed and independent. As the book goes on we see she's no more than a pet. She's expected to stay quiet for days, sometimes weeks on end, then wait for master (not a BDSM reference) to come home and show her attention. Wait that's not true, a pet would actually do something about it. Whether it be trash the house, pi$$ on his shoes, ignore and growl at him, SOMETHING.
In this book though, Lauren can't do any of that for more then seconds. She'll look into his eyes, accept his apologies, then get naked. Talks over, and Cal is gone before she can even wake on another "business trip."
Wash. Rinse. Repeat. For two years.
Which brings us to Cal. He's mysterious. He stays mysterious. He keeps being mysterious. Up until the last 5% if the book where the plot rolls out. I can't tell you much besides, his gray eyes make Lauren melt and take off her clothes. He has a secret job. He travels, A LOT (alone on business).
This book flips from present to past, all told in Lauren's POV. It might of worked better in this book to have a glimpse here and there into Cal. Maybe to get the reader to like him, get to know him. Something, while also keeping the mystery. It was just so much of Lauren whining he's never there and what all her thoughts are on being lonely, I just wanted to commit her.
We weren't really shown much positive and emotional feeling from Cal, it makes me wonder what she missed so much.
My big reveal would be: she isolates herself, that no matter what he does or how long he's gone, she just wants some attention. Even I'd it's her master petting his pet, before he leaves, AGAIN.
I really started to skim and still even found all these bits of editing errors. *This is the new edition (after re-edits)*
*Copied from book*
I head down to our parking spaces and over to the white Mercedes Cal bought me for my birthday.
*A few pages later when she gets to her destination*
When I saw that Audi parked in the driveway (her aunt referencing Lauren's car)
(She switched cars or stopped at a car lot on the way or the author forgot after the big deal on the birthday gift?)
This one was annoying. Did she wet her hair, then stick her head in the freezer?? Surround it in ice??
*Again Copied from book*
-twisting her cold black hair in a faux bun and leaving us alone.
- He was unforgettable, with tanned skin, cold black hair
Here's another copied from book. You get the idea. This was throughout. *I wonder how well that PIN scribbled?*
“Do you have a pen?” “Yeah…” I say, grabbing a pin out of my purse and a receipt from an earlier purchase. “1206 North Grenton Street,” she says, and I scribble it down quickly.
This book just felt drawn out, edited by spell check, and did I say drawn out??
If you're showing and making the reader feel the emotions, you don't need to keep repeating them. Myself personally, I like to be absorbed in the book where I can feel the emotions of the characters, not be constantly reminded they are there.
I'm not sure if I'm going to read into book two or just imagine my own quick HEA. This is my first book by this author.
Overall, the book is sophomoric. A lot of the dialogue is too cutesy for me. But, then I realize 99% of the book is about young twenty-somethings. (Those of you of an older generation might get a laugh when she describes a man who looks to be in his late forties, but still has a head of hair.) Lauren's and Cal's relationship was actually disturbing to me. I say this because it was supposed to be very sexually tense and intense, but it made for a very crappy and creepy marriage. His absences aside, she was no more than Jane to his Tarzan persona in a jungle of non-stop banging. In fact, after the marriage, she lost her entire identity. She was just this whining, bitching, neurotic, hyper-sexualized, weak woman. I mean WTF happened to the art gallery idea??
I also didn't comprehend Cal, the Alter. Chris blacked out when Cal took over, but Cal could see Chris coming from a mile away? He had time to bang his wife, shower, dress, make up a story about a business trip and pack his bags before he phased into Chris? And, once he left, he was still able to text messages to Lauren? It's too unclear to try to follow. Plus, toward the end, Chris briefly phases into Cal to visit his daughter, then again at the very end he peaks out again to greet his daughter in a way only Cal would? Is Cal even all the way gone? I guess that's why there's a sequel. Though I don't think I will invest my time in that.
The twist wasn't bad, although I really thought the parents would "release" Cal from Chris and that Cal would be unhindered and turn into a real husband for Lauren because he really was a good guy underneath and Chris sort of came across as a milquetoast. But, I'm content with the author's denouement.