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- Print Length: 289 pages
- Publication Date: April 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DOQ4QPQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Romancing the Girl Kindle Edition
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Well-written and engaging. Would recommend.
What this story got right was the rich depiction of life in the Australian bush, the chemistry between the two leads, and coming up with a large cast of characters that somehow all came off as distinct and well-defined. The back drop of the reality tv show was realistically represented and the action sequences were good, as well.
As an American, I'd consider this a modern day Western. And like Eyde's other books, the love interests first start as adversaries, having an ice queen curmudgeon vs someone more sensible.
I did find some elements frustrating, though. Justine is a really likable character but Aimee, the country girl love interest, even having a complete backstory to her behavior, is still often immature and obnoxious. For much of the book I just didn't like her. My attitude improved towards her as the book went along, though.
There's also a good amount of foreshadowing that knocked me over the head, making several plot points predictable. That said, the writing was strong enough to make even the predictable elements interesting. And, every so often, the narrative seemed to touch on melodrama (which isn't my favorite).
And, what's with the slapping? There's a slap in this book like there was in "Tricky Wisdom" and that just puts me off. This one at least had an element of bringing someone around instead of outright anger, but still.
There's a lot to be enjoyed in this book and it is written well so I still put it in the recommend pile. However, my own dislike of Aimee and some of the melodramatic touches derailed some of my enjoyment.
This is my first book from Ms. Eyde and I enjoyed it very, very much. Her descriptions of the characters' emotions, both main and secondary, were funny, poignant, dynamic and oh so palpable. The descriptions of the land, animals and the horrendous fire kept my heart beating fast long after I finished this book. Brava, Camryn!
The way it is written is very pleasant as well. It is a light read, as the romance genre is per se, but it does not make you feel that you are reading a fanfic. It is well written. It helps you experience the situation, the emotions of the characters, the sun on your face, and the bug on your skin.
Last but not least, the characters feel real. By this, I mean… Despite the fact that they seem to be trap into an unrealistic situation at the beginning, the author of the book knows how to present everything in a way that it doesn’t feel like some fantasy that came out of a teenager. It actually feels like these are young adults and adults living in an uncomfortable situation. It feels like you can relate to them.
I, as a stubborn woman who gets angry at her mom at light-speed, felt really identify with the different arguments that happened in the book.
It has its faults, yes. At the beginning you may wonder for a short second of these characters are actually deeper than they look. If they can do more than storming out of an argument. And the thing is that….they can!
I cried, I laughed, I got angry, I felt intimidated…. I loved it.
10 out of 10. This books gave me the “Hope” that I needed. (Pun intended).
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The blurb covers the premise of this story pretty well although you really need to read the prologue to understand Aimee’s emotional hang-ups and why she acts like such a brattish teenager when you first meet her. Her relationship with ‘city-slicker’ Justine is nicely done and you understand her reservations. There’s one classic ‘misunderstanding’ scene in this when Aimee overhears Justine’s telephone conversation with the man in her life, but the ending was refreshingly different in moving away from lesbian drama and giving us a real (pretty-thrilling) fight for life tale. For me, not quite to the heights of “Tricky Wisdom” (which I absolutely loved!) but pretty darn good anyway!
The description of the land , scenery and the life style was brilliant, I have never read an Australian book before and have really enjoyed it , thank you Camryn Eyde.
Nice that it's got a few strong themes around it and not just focused on the two main characters either. Enjoyable read.