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A Rose to the Fallen Paperback – December 17, 2008
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"Overall, I loved reading this book. I was pretty much swept away when Bridget met Tristan, and that feeling lasted until the last page." --Shooting Stars Mag
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April lives in New Jersey. A Rose to the Fallen is her first novel.
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Tristan and Bridget. When I started reading this book it was great. They meet and it begins a instant attraction from both parties. I thought this book is somewhat like beautiful disaster (not that I want to compare books to beautiful disaster, but I like the intensity of the romance) Tristans love from his side was intense right from the very begininng. Like "your mine " type behavior. I love these kind of romance novels. This is what I liked about it.
I didn't like that all of a sudden Bridget wanted Tristan to have sex with a man (wow). I am mot against gay lover's but when I read a romance novel, I expect it to be between the two main charactors not sharing with someone else whether its a man or a women. Also, where did this secret fantasy come from? Bridget even said in one point of the story that she was never a sexual being. So then this brings me to the other things I didn't like. She also wants the guy tristen slept with later in the story. WTF. Tristan is pouring his love for her out by the gallons and she wants a another man. Come on.
Oh and all the men so wanted her in the story. Why? She went from acting like a mature fourth grade teacher to an annouying twit.
So basically I am saying the story rocks in the beginning but fizzled toward the end. Some of the story was unneeded. Its a long book. I usually do not have a problem with that because I don't want the story's to end if its good but this one lost my attention after a while.
There are some inconstancys threw out the story and some typos but I never rate a book on that but I know some people are sticklers about that.
Final opinion. If it was cut down a bit it would have a four or five star for me. Also, I'm sorry but that cover does nothing for the story. Tristan is a grown man 23-25 years old. Why does the boy on the cover look FIFTEEN tops? It makes the book look like a teen read and its anything but.
First, there was the lack of fully developed characters. The character with the most personality was Tristan, and even then he failed to be fully three-dimensional to me. I honestly found most of the characters to be little more than caricatures.
The story suffers from serious pacing issues. There are multiple issues at fault with this: the first being that you could probably cut out three to four hundred pages of the book and still have a perfectly workable plot, because nothing plot relevant happens in most of these pages. The biggest problem with this is the fact that because of so much unnecessary material, the paranormal romance barely shows up until very close to the end and feels tacked on, which is a shame because there are obviously hints of paranormal romance before it happens, but because of the sheer length of this novel it's very easy to forget and feels more tacked on as a result.
A big problem, related to pacing issues, is the shallow focus on what everyone is wearing. I rolled my eyes at the long descriptions; we don't need to know where their clothes came from or how the straps on the tank top Character X is wearing are situated.
Other than one or two sex scenes, the multiple sex scenes serve no purpose to the plot, which pretty much grinds to a halt every time the characters have sex. This might not be so bad if the sex scenes were well-written, but they aren't, and feel like the very definition of IKEA erotica, at least the ones that are unnecessary (the sex scenes that are necessary for the plot are well-written, which makes the unnecessary ones stand out ridiculously).
My last big issue really bugs me, because of how long the novel is. Despite the fact the novel is 600+ pages, the relationship between Bridget and Tristan feels very rushed. From my understanding of the plot, they were married less than a year after knowing each other. Soul mates or not, a year seems way too short a time to meet someone and marry them.
I really tried, but everything came back to pacing issues and made me dislike the novel overall.
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And the author is very childish and immature. 'nuff said.