- File Size: 647 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
- Publication Date: July 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008NTM13E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Rented Husband Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a subpar book in a genre that doesn't expect a lot. It was free but ultimately unreadable.
This author needs to brush up on her grammar if she isn't going to use an editor. Commas everywhere, adverb abuse, and misspellings run rampant through this book. I expect some typos from self pub but the amount was distracting.
The plot is bad. The premise is a highly successful, young lawyer is being so bullied by her family that she rents a husband. Why does her family want her married? Who knows. Why does she care so much? No idea. Why does this super hot guy with a smile that's described fifty millions ways buy into this? A chance to get into her pants.
The characters are worse than the plot. I can take a sucky plot if the characters are compelling. These characters are cardboard cutouts that clunk through the novel, their inner thoughts spewed out onto the page as if the reader is so brain dead they can't possibly infer that by omitting a question mark, a character meant it as a statement.
The protagonist is an abusive nutjob. She assaults her love interest during their first conversation and I consider that the height of her likability. From there, she degenerates into a shrill harpy who should probably be throughly evaluated by a professional.
The love interest is okay. He has a nice smile and is apparently a play boy but ultimately is the Bella to this author's Twilight. He's there and that's good enough.
Painful doesn't even start to describe it. People don't talk like this.
This was my biggest complaint. Head hopping is distracting and confusing. I was in everyone's head in this novel, sometimes two people in the same paragraph. As a reader, I don't need to be spoon fed everyone's emotions. A good writer knows how to let the words and actions of their characters describe how they're feeling.
I usually wouldn't go into so much detail (FULL DISCLOSURE: I didn't finish the book because, quite frankly, I couldn't take anymore) but I'm annoyed at how many AMAZING!!!! reviews there are for a pretty terrible novel. I'm not saying the author has no future in writing but this wasn't good, even for free.
Another problem is Olivia's constant anger with Brody. She seems to hold everything against him--being cute, liking women, working in her office--but yet she asks him for a HUGE favor. The bantering between them had potential and was sometimes cute, but she physcially attacked him 1 too many times. And her family seems to have the same problem.
The idea that a Seal has access to all sorts of law enforcement information boggled my mind. Perhaps Olivia's brother-in-law should've worked for the FBI or something instead.
Olivia's stalker was yet another problem. The stalker's motivation is having Brody for herself, but Olivia's stalking began BEFORE they began pretending to be married. What, was the stalker a mind reader? I can understand that the stalker was psycho, but this really came out of left field.
Other reviewers were bothered by Olivia getting drunk with her sisters while being stalked. I thought that whole scene was rather juvenile anyway. Three grown women getting drunk while the gentle, caretaking, sober men go about their business? It was just odd and seemed unnecessary. And Olivia's sister's "F" word came out of nowhere, in an otherwise fairly clean book.
Finally, THE GRAMMAR. I read material that is this poorly written by my 9th grade English students. Stilted language, misused words, changes in verb tense, changes in point of view, and misused punctuation are all examples of poor grammar. Some words are so completely out of context that I wonder if a dictionary was ever consulted. I'm not sure how this got by an editor--or if it even had an editor, it's that bad.
However, I will say that I read the book all the way through. Perhaps it was because I wanted to see if anything improved, or maybe I just wanted to see if there was anything new in this storyline. I don't know. I did like Brody a lot, but other than being pushed by his mother initially, his main motivation seemed to be in his pants. I would have liked to have seen some backstory--maybe a longtime secret crush on Olivia--that motivated him to accept her preposterous offer. Olivia needs maturity and to keep her hands and feet to herself. Olivia's dad needs the same kind of makeover. He was not amusing and was rather offensive. And I would drop the stalker, or else I would change the stalker's motivations. They simply didn't make sense.
The author commented in another review that she is making some changes given the number of negative reviews. I would be willing to read it again if she cleans up the grammar and implements some serious changes. Kudos to her for completing a novel and for her willingness to listen to Amazon reviewers. However, I would say that this book shouldn't be purchased unless she assures you that this is an updated/revised version of the novel.
Ok, I gave this 1 star because the writing wasn't too dreadfully bad, so I kept reading hoping it would keep me interested. (Plus "half a star" wasn't an option)
A few chapters later, I figured out Olivia (the heroine) was entirely too abusive. She was constantly hitting, kicking, throwing things, etc. at Brody! I know Brody is the "playboy" and a bit of a smart aleck, but he did not deserve this type of abusive treatment. Olivia had NO redeeming qualities; if anything she displayed psychotic tendencies. One minute she was nice (to anyone but Brody) and the next she was off, blowing her top over any simple thing. I read the whole book but I just shook my head at what a fool Brody was to want to be with a woman like Olivia. If the roles were reversed and Brody was the one hitting, kicking, etc. at Olivia, there would be NO star reviews at all. Totally unlovable and unbelievable characters (mainly Olivia). I'm glad this book was free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always enjoy her books will buy more.keep writing please.
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