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- Print Length: 148 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1539675262
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- Publisher: JMS Books LLC (November 19, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N3SNUIJ
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~This is a modified review. Full review originally posted on BackPorchReader[dot]com 11/21/2016.
I liked my first read by J.M. Snyder and all of these elements ended up working out mostly okay for me.
However, it didn’t knock my socks off.
There were a few disappointments that plagued me while reading and well after finishing.
The theme of Jamie’s reluctance at getting involved with Derek, how it would be bad for him, how he’d be left — again — when Derek decided to return home was repeated way too many times for my liking. Reinforcement of theme is a tactical device in writing, though it should be used sparingly; otherwise, it doesn’t do much to propel a story forward when we keep harkening back to the central problem that is something to overcome.
There are times when first-person narratives work for me, other times I don’t feel like I’m getting a complete picture of the love-interest to embrace him as the Main Character’s One-N-Only. Jamie’s point of view was delightful. But Derek…I never really got him, the appeal, the strength of character, his motivations…or anything that cemented him in the role as perfect partner. I desperately needed more of him, not necessarily through his eyes or omniscience, but a few 1st-person POV tactics to paint a more complete portrait would have made this pairing a bit stronger.
Heat factor - I don’t base my ratings on heat level in romance. Here, there was none. And, it’s not about a want for gratuitous freaky business — the opposite, in fact. The bonds of desire, intimacy, and emotional connection that help cement the love between the characters were missing for me entirely. It wasn’t’ enough knowing that they’d been childhood besties and first loves. With so many years between the then and now…I needed MORE on the Why Now.
There was some stuff to like on these pages with some incredibly sweet moments, some humor that was right up my alley, colorful side characters worth knowing, and evidence of a Happily Ever After, and ultimately some very sound writing that culminated in an enjoyable and mostly engaging read.
I wasn't really that huge of a fan of Derek's. For the guy to give his ex a kiss after all those years of not reaching out and then to be that forward? Argh! It made me want to smack him AND Jamie. Why Jamie? He could have made Derek work for it, especially after how things ended between them. It also seemed as if Derek was okay with Riley--Jamie's daughter--but not really as if he wanted to bond with her or make more of an effort to really spend time with her. Riley was more of a means to an end, meaning if Riley was Jamie's excuse for not being able to meet up with Derek, then Derek would welcome Riley along but not because he wanted to be with his ex's little girl. While Derek was my least favorite thing about the story, I did like Jamie and Riley was such a precocious princess who seemed to make a habit of being a scene-stealer. There weren't any unresolved issues and the story itself was paced quite well, making for a pretty good, quick read. I'm giving Not Another One Hit Wonder 3.5 out of five stars. ♥