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- Print Length: 372 pages
- Publication Date: August 26, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ESV1OKW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book needed a big warning at the start! I have a pretty high tolerance for violence and aggression in my books but this ended up turning my stomach and I had to force myself to finish the book. Don't read this one if you are faint of heart!
All through the book there was this thread of "what crap did Julianna get herself caught up in as a child that seems to be following her still?" The answer takes this book from the average, bubblegum New Adult story and drops it into a dark, twisted place. If you like dark and twisted, you'll like this book. I like dark and twisted. The problem is I didnt like the dark twist in this book. It felt all wrong. it felt like Arden said "I want to write a NA romance but throw something different in there. What can I do that hasn't been done?" And she threw the reader the sick twist at the end of novel that (to me) did not fit the storyline.
Let me be clear: I'm all for gut-wrenching pasts that the main character has to overcome, or real life problems creating psychological road blocks on the path to a good old-fashioned HEA. I love seeing what an author can put out there that makes me go "Wow. How raw, or real, or mind-blowing."
I just don't care for "WTH did I just read?!" moments at the end of a book, where the ending doesn't feel like it makes sense based on how the story began, or the genre of the book. It's just my opinion, but the twist at the end of this book ... it felt ... off.
That being said, the book itself was allright. The pacing was okay; the writing was slightly above average.
Would I recommend it to my friend who's looking for an amazing read that will leave their socks blown off? No.
Did I hate it? No.
Was it entertaining? Yes.
For what it cost, I wasn't disappointed. It just didn't make my "must reread" list. Nor did it inspire me to follow the author into any future books.
I felt that the relationship between Jules and Pax was a little unbelievable and developed a little fast - they were 'in love' within a few weeks. There was also little reason given as to why Pax, the amazing quarterback would fall in love with the quiet ghostlike Jules.
I also didn't really connect with Jules. I think she made some stupid decisions and overreacted in parts. For someone who had a hard life growing up, she was pretty naive about certain things too.
I can't go into detail about the climax without spoiling it, but what I will say is that it's not really believable. Although the author writes the action scenes reasonably well, there are a few things at the end that make it ridiculous for me... Sorry about the vagueness, but I don't want to spoil it for those who will still read it.
When her grandmother was alive, they used to make things work together. Life was tough and sometimes they could barely manage but at least they had each other. Now she is gone and Jules is in college.
But her past is far from behind her. Images haunt her. Some people are looking for her. She knows she is in danger... But she still falls for Pax. He is not what she expected of a jock. Sure, he is gorgeous, but he has history too. Depth. And in another way, his past is far from over too.
And now, their pasts are going to collude with their present...
I don't know what I expected. More babbling maybe. But Jules is special. She has a voice that is different from most girls in books. Also, she has been through different experiences that haunts her.
I really liked her voice. She was a lot more reasonable than other main characters. It's just that I didn"t expect a romance book to turn into some kind of thriller at the end. I found the thriller somewhat lacking. I do like thriller, but I need a very competent main character to uphold it. And Jules is a great romance character but she is not a great thriller character. Even Pax lacked the charisma of "the savior of the day" though he was more convincing than Jules.
All in all, it was still a good book and I would recommend it. Just be aware of the drastic change of genre at the end of the book.
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