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- Print Length: 379 pages
- Publisher: Metal Blonde Books (December 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RJD8LOS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Penelope pretty much has it spot on with her comment that they don't get together until about halfway through the book. They only start dating at the 51% mark and they split up due to the "crisis" at about 79% in. So they're only really together and being a couple for less than 40% of the book.
They spend the first half the book dating people that you know aren't good for them or aren't right because hello they're the MCs so duh, so about half the book just feels like a complete waste of time.
Honestly, I didn't really buy the back and forth angst over whether or not to do friends to lovers because:
1. If the way you clearly like this other person in a sexual way is making your relationships with your significant other problematic to the point where you CAN'T be friends with the other person anymore... then why not just go for it? What's stopping you? You clearly can't be besties anymore because her boyfriend hates you and your girlfriend hates her. So might as well go out with a bang, right?
2. If everyone else doesn't measure up, then for heaven's sake, grow some gumption and just bloody go for it. Argh. All this waffling is giving me acid reflux.
3. And I still stand by the "if your best friend stops being your best friend because you guys had sex at one point in time then they weren't really your best friend". I say this from the standpoint of someone who HAS dated their best friend and then broke up with them. Seriously, if you get out of a romantic relationship (amicably, yes, amicably) and you really just want them to die in a fire, then I'm not sure you ever really loved that person. Unless, you know, they were a terrible human being and now you loathe them but honestly I can't see how you wouldn't already know whether or not they were terrible human beings before and CLEARLY you could cope with it before when you were just friends SO WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
So I bought this book expecting some light-hearted fun where two people navigate their new relationship after getting married and maybe run into issues with the whole marriage thing and...nope. It was half a book of angst that I didn't need to see (why did this person's editor not say "hey, the story needs to start here rather than way back there because seriously no one gives a damn" because we really do not need half a book to get it drilled into our heads that these two really truly belong together) and then there's some relationship stuff where of course everything's awesome until it's not and then it all falls apart (due to the stupidest reason ever, by the way) and then stuff happens and they get back together again (when stupid reason removes himself from the equation because honestly these two were not intelligent enough to fight for each other before that).
Loathed, loathed, loathed this book.
Would I reread? Hell no.
How much did I pay and was it worth it? 99 cents and I want my money back
How much would I pay for it in retrospect? I would not even read it in retrospect. That's time out of my life that's utterly lost.
If in a series, does this standalone? Yes
Would I rec this story? Nope.
Will I buy the next book in the series? If I got amnesia / a lobotomy first.
However, what I didn't like about the story is that I felt the characters were too hard on each other and could of been much more understanding with one another feelings. Most of the time, the type of friendship that was described didn't match with some of the harsh words that was shared. And though I get the "words said in anger" bit, it still didn't sit well with me.
But all in all its a good read.
Personally, I found the language tediously redundant and unnecessary.
Time to delete the book and move on to something worth spending my time reading.
Life follows many directions and hopefully, eventually, your mind and body and life and love, all catch up with each other.”
I’m a HUGE sucker for friends-to-lovers stories. When I see that in the synopsis I almost always grab the book. Especially when it’s written by an author that I’ve been really enjoying lately. And let’s not forget that cover! Yes, that kind of won me over as well. Add the cover and synopsis together and this was a book that I was not going to miss out on.
I have to say, as a woman in her thirties, there is definitely a lot of truth to this whole idea of life coming to this pivotal point when you hit thirty. Society makes people feel as though thirty is almost the breaking point for being “young”, so I definitely enjoyed the whole pact at thirty thing. I’ve even known a few friends that had a similar agreement. If they were both thirty and single, they would get married. Sounded so weird to me when I was younger and first heard about it… but then I turned thirty and I totally understood. lol
I really enjoyed a lot of this story. Mostly the anticipation leading up to the thirtieth birthday. I was waiting to see what would happen. These two were obviously all kinds of crazy about each other, yet neither one would acknowledge their own feelings. Going from relationship to relationship, the two never seemed to express their feelings toward each other. The anticipation was definitely building for me as the big birthday was approaching.
“Life leaves scars. Sometimes you don’t see them until later. Sometimes you don’t know where they’ve come from. Sometimes they fade before your eyes. But the world leaves its mark on us.”
A few things also kind of bugged me… including James and his whole ruining-everything-in-the-world behavior. He was so self-centered and annoying, and I hated how Steph and Linden tiptoed around him so much. View Spoiler » I also couldn’t stand Nadine, but I’m sure no one could. She was one of the most unlikeable characters I’ve read in quite some time. But honestly, I kind of like that in a story. I don’t have to like every character to enjoy a story.
Overall I did find this book quite enjoyable. And though some characters (James and Nadine) drove me absolutely crazy at times, their lack of a good personality didn’t take away from the story for me. I think this is a quick read and I’m happy I read it. Karina has such beautiful writing (as evidenced in the quotes above) and she’s never afraid to make us cringe, blush, and giggle when necessary. I saw a few bloggy friends buddy reading this book, and I think it’s a great book to read with a friend. There were quite a few parts that would have been fun to chat about with someone reading this book at the same time. All in all, another enjoyable book from Karina.
Let’s all give it up for TWO NARRATORS!! Yahoo!!! I always, ALWAYS, prefer two narrators when the story has two points of view. It makes the audiobook so much more enjoyable. Both of these narrators were new to me, but after browsing through Audible I saw that both have narrated their fair share of books. That definitely came off in their narrations as well. I wouldn’t say they were spectacular (not along the lines of Elizbaeth Louise or Zachary Webber, but let’s be fair here…) but I don’t have any complaints either. A consistently well-read book by two experienced narrators.
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