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The Scale (Martha's Way Series) (Volume 1)

4.4 out of 5 stars 204 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Martha's Way Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Martha's Way Series
  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (October 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631054007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631054006
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,261,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Couldn't wait for this to end. Minka's in love with her sister's fiancé, over weight, and very insecure. The thing is she's beautiful. She'll never be a model and thinks she's not good enough for the new guy in her life, Jason.

Jason finds her attractive and repeatedly tells her so. She doesn't believe him and is too wrapped up in herself and how her life sucks. Which it doesn't.

There's a misunderstanding in this brief love affair and then it finally ends with a H.E.A.

This book was difficult because after a while I was tired of Minka, who was selfish and self absorbed. Dang, a fine man said you were cute, beautiful, gorgeous; how about you believe it.

It was also annoying hearing about how beautiful and perfect Jason, her sister and her sister's fiancé were.

Painful read for me. The book spent too much time on Minka not growing and her issues. The same issues, no less surrounding her insecurities.

Pros:
Written well.
Not a bad book, but not something I'd recommend or read ever again.

Cons:
Over priced.
Lack luster romance scenes. Any author that uses the word 'folds' to describe a woman's anatomy better be very creative or such a great writer to not make me cringe. I couldn't imagine my husband saying 'folds.'
Unnecessary angst.
A lot of cliche romance book terms.
Predictable.
Uninteresting heroine.
Minka annoyed me.
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Unlikable characters lead a predictable story. Minka's isolation is self-inflicted and unwarranted. She's selfish and immature. I had to remind myself these are full-fledged adults and not some adolescents pretending to be grown ups. There is no growth in Minka until 95% into the book, and then the book us over. The chemistry between the MCs is lukewarm at best. If the next book is about Adam and Lily, it should be heads and shoulders more engaging.

It isn't a badly written book, but there is little to keep my interest. Prose is shaded too purple for my tastes. The book could have used a lot more refinement so Minka could pull her head out of her butt a lot sooner and not speed to the end with completely melodramatic conflict and contrived resolution.

Romance is fantasy, but I'm bored with women being down on themselves and then getting some super D from a tortured gazillionaire changes their self-image. Bull.

I also took issue with how closely the author's name was to the fMC, and the use of other variations of her name in the story.

As another reviewer said, I'm glad this was a borrow.
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Honestly, if the author hadn't restated that the major players in this book were gainfully employed and in their late 20's/early 30's I would have sworn this was new adult.

Jason is a ripped, tattooed bad boy who sleeps his way through busty red heads and leggy blondes to hide from his pain. He used to drink, smoke and have threesomes to hide from his pain, but he has cut back because his friends were like "smoking is bad and won't dull the pain". Minka is an extremely insecure beauty who is self conscious and self involved due to her wretched pain (and her pain is often wretched).

They meet when she passes out in his arms at a party for her gorgeous former model sister and her best friend/love of her life. The next night they have wild sex (but not before he realizes she has only ever slept with one person) and the next day they become friends with benefits. By day six they are having inner soliloquy moments where they realize they are in love. Six days! Lots of sex, drama, angst and pain fill the last week and they part for three months. She comes to him in one last ditch effort to overcome the big painful misunderstanding and he pops the question. The end.

I was really looking forward to reading this and it was... painful. Literally and figuratively. The Scale is filled with overwrought prose about pain and love. I expected to find a lot about Minka's weight and insecurities, but that wasn't half as annoying as her self absorption. Meanwhile, every character seemed to be propping up the very one dimensional Jason (he's such a player... isn't he so gorgeous?... he's so rich and bad and tattooed).

There are few errors and it was a decent length, but I am glad it was a borrow.
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The plot is a very good one - a woman is attending her sister`s wedding to the man she loves. This is a plot that should be rife with anger, betrayal, tears and anguish. Instead the reader gets a treatise on unrequited love and suffering for the greater good.

The writing is curiosity flat and at times just plain unbelievable. For example, our heroine who is suffering such angst over her LOVE who is about to marry her sister, falls in lust the very first night of the gathering. Two days later she is deeply in love. Hmmmm.........
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"The Scale" is about two lonely people hooking up for two weeks eventually learning to love each other and themselves. Minka is having a crisis. She is the Maid of Honor at her sister's wedding on Martha's Vineyard. Unfortunately, Minka is in love with the groom and she knows it will take a act of God for her to get through this with her dignity in tact. After squeezing her curvy figure into some Spanx, she passes out right into the arms of Jason, the best man. That and a few drinks lead her to a wild night with Jason, who wants to continue their hookup for the rest of her stay. He is clear it is about sex, not a relationship. Straight-laced Minka decides to throw caution to the wind and takes him up on his offer. But sex eventually turns into love and these two have to decide if they have a future after the two weeks are up.

The premise of a hookup with a relative stranger for two weeks is not something that I would normally like. But somehow I liked these two characters despite myself. Minka was a flawed, vulnerable, insecure woman with a good heart and good instincts. I liked and understood her. I understood why she took a chance on Jason and why she decided to go with the flow. I like that as the book progressed she discovered her life wasn't as tragic as she thought it was and that she had an abundance to be thankful for.

Jason had more depth than I originally thought. While a playboy, he actually used his brain for more than growing hair. He didn't let Minka hide from him and the desire and the joy that they felt in each other's company. He knew she was insecure and worked around those insecurities. He was a smart, straight shooter that usually knew when to push and when to stand back.
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