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Loving Lies Paperback – June 20, 2006
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What was pulled off rather effectively in the afforementioned series, here falls short. The Alpha male lead, Slade, comes across as a high handed and arrogant bully. The heroine comes across as young, whiny and completely unable to assert herself in the face of the what we are to believe is his overwhelming man-ness. She's supposed to be his sensual equal, but she needs to be babysat by his two best friends to avoid sex with the wrong man? yeah right.
Were the August men damaged? yes. Possessive? yes. Seeking redemption? yes...but Slade being condescending and dismismissive? that's just not sexy.
I understand this is the beginning of a new series, so hopefully the next one will scratch the itch this one just didn't seem to reach.
And here's a little irony. The great thing about LL is, normally, she is able to write a great story with well developed characters you can like and respect. Plus, her scene's are smokin' and push the envelope. Sadly, I've discovered that when you can't stand the female character, and don't really like the male lead either it doesn't matter what happens in the sexy scenes...it's not hot. Scene's that would have had me calling my husband in a different book left me way cold - in fact, I ended up skipping over them because I was so disgusted with the characters.
A few other things I found annoying but wouldn't have ruined it for me if I had liked the story and characters at all:
Slade constantly calling Jess "baby girl." Gross. Maybe because she does seem way too young emotionally and in every other way. She's supposed o be 26 but that's hard to remember when she is so incredibly immature and has lived such a stunted life.
Jess calling Slade "stud" constantly.
Both of them "snarling" and "sneering" all the time. I have noticed this in other LL books as well. Can these people not express emotion without it being so exaggerated? They rage, are furious, growl...
The lack of a decent story is common enough in erotica and could be more easily tolerated if the characters were likeable, but they're not. Jess said it best herself, she's "such a fool. A willing, pathetic victim." "Too stupid to live." Who wants to read about someone like that?
Jessie, Jessie, Jessie - one of the weakest, most pathetic women I have ever had the displeasure of reading about. While yes, we knew from the beginning that eventually they would get back together, she could have been a little less pathetic. After Slade break's her heart, she moves into his apartment, buys his RV and is still wearing his clothes five years later....I just about puked. The sex scenes were hot but the female lead....just sad.
What's wrong with the character development? There wasn't any! We get vague references far into the book that Slade was in foster care, and Jessie has family somewhere far away, but not much else. I was a little confused as to how they met, or really what kind of people they were. The details about their lives were totally missing. It just starts with them in the middle of this lust fest somewhere and expects you to not notice that we don't know anything about them or the location, or anything. Which, at first was ok for me. But after a big misunderstanding and many more sex scenes the love they supposedly felt for each other just seemed empty. I ended up skimming the last third of the book, it was just too frustrating.
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