- File Size: 1012 KB
- Print Length: 335 pages
- Publisher: Carnage Entertainment (January 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00332F4YE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ricky is an *ultra-urbanized* white underground rapper who can't seem to get a break into mainstream, probably more due to his skin color than his undeniable lyricism (PS - I'm amazed by the author's writing skills for creating some of the rhymes and quick-paced lines for the rap battle and also sprinkled through the story. Wow.). Carolyn is a mixed race newly discovered author whose main difficulty is trusting her own heart. Both of them have been touched by heartache, Ricky more so - his back stories are touching, adds a hidden layer to the hard exterior he feels it necessary to wear, and gives a greater depth to this unique romance hero - yes, he does play a hero - a roughneck one at times, but he can't seem to think of Carolyn as anything other than his woman, even from that very first day. The best part about this story is that Ricky doesn't think he's chasing Carolyn's heart, but he is, and at a sprinting pace like a man running across the desert for fresh oasis he spots in the distance. And Carolyn thinks she fleeing from Ricky, but not really, and if she does give an effort to throw a half wall up between them, she knocks it done with her bare hands and raspy breath within the next few minutes right after.
At first, the story was difficult to sync into, then I realized that I had to shed some pretty lousy thinking on my part - due, in part, to lessons learned from some of the stock of IR contemporary romances that I had previously read (most of which I never bothered rating, because they didn't deserve the time or effort). I had to shed the notion of a "white knight" - the rich Caucasion male, confident, powerful, overly articulate, who would ride up in his limo, flash some cash and a perfect smile and make all the desperate heroine's problems go away. She, of course, should then feel overly-honored that he had given her the time of day and suddenly realize how wonderful, exotic, and desirable her ethnicity is - even if she is already a confident, successful, beautiful, and educated woman, the writer must make sure we, the audience, realize this is one of her many reasons for breaking her own rules and dating a white man. None of that happens in this story - Thank God! The touches on race are quick and have nothing to do with self-discovery. Carolyn and Ricky know who they are and how people from both of their inner and outer circles see them. Also, I quickly realized that the author is writing in a style that is more natural to how people interact - the dialogue and inner thoughts are broken and choppy - but this is a brilliant risk and works to her advantage. Most people don't speak or think in long full sentences - to themselves or others. Falling in love and losing yourself to another person can be scary, and this realistic writing style helped me to envision Rick and Carolyn as two real people, and a true-to-life couple, struggling with the fear of giving in to their undeniable love and attraction for each other, not as two flat characters on a page reciting chunks of cliche dialogue back and forth across a room.
As I said, very unique story line, refreshing presentation, and a wonderful emotional roller-coaster make this a great contemporary romance. One that this genre is sorely in need of. Cheers to the author...I do hope that she will right more (PPS...I liked the new-take on the Epilogue style, but I would have absolutely loved one more parting scene with Ricky smiling at Carolyn and her getting all heated when he gets too close!)
Grade A. To be read...many more times!
Carolyn was a huge Ricky Rain fan who ends up not only meeting him but falling for him and vice versa. Although they meet and fall in love in a short span of time(one week), it does seem longer because the author really went into detail about their time together that whole week. So by the end of the week, you are so into Rick and Carolyn's relationship, you don't even notice how short the time has truly been.
The dialogue was a mixture of true wit, insightful analogies and funny one liners. However, and this is where the 4 stars comes into play, the dialogue was often choppy. At points you don't know who is speaking because often times Carolyn and Rick say things which pertain to his song lyrics (which the reader has never heard) or other events from Rick's past(which we didn't know about). It was like walking into a room in the middle of a conversation where you are expected to know what's already been said or in some cases, being the outsider listening to an inside joke. It was confusing but it did not turn me off to the point where I wanted to stop reading. That was the magic of this book, it gets you get so engrossed with Rick and Carolyn's story, you willingly gloss over it's imperfections.
I think more could have been done regarding the plot with Ricky's ex and I really wish the ending would have been more story book, not that it was bad, I just don't think it gave Rick the brilliant finish he deserved after working so hard but, perhaps that's just life. Also, I really could not comprehend how all of the loose ends were tied up in the end. Yes, I read it and re-read it and I still don't understand it, which was my major and only complaint with this story, at times it was difficult to understand to me. You can understand it enough to get the gist of what's happening in a particular scene but it's not articulated in a straight forward manner.
At heart, this is a good story, and it's long so you will get your moneys worth in terms of length. Perhaps it would make a better screen play. A movie would really do this book more justice. It was still enjoyable so I would have to say, it's worth buying. I think it was a good first effort by this author and I would love to see her do more stories.
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