- File Size: 2261 KB
- Print Length: 257 pages
- Publication Date: January 26, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00STSYOXY
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,955 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Someone Special (Girls' Night Out Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It spends a lot of time exploring two complex issues, PTSD and the lasting grief of losing a close family member. It treats each of them with such compassion and care. There's also some hilariously accurate info about the pain of starting a small business. None of this is to say that the book doesn't have some very fun moments and interesting secondary characters. I would definitely recommend as a truly adult romance.
I felt bad for the hero Nick. He was battling PTSD and thought he could handle it on his own. I realize it is hard for men to accept help without feeling they have lost their manhood. It seemed to me that he and the heroine both spent way too much time in their heads. And their thoughts were all going in the wrong direction. Once the heroine decides to step out and reconnect with friends her age again her old lady persona stepped into the dressing room. A dress that was appropriate for her age she wanted to pull down below her knees! Oh yeah, that is really hot on a young sexy woman. Then they get to the bar and her teenage self comes into play. And the games start. He hurt me, I'm going to flirt and hurt him, etc. It was all so sad.
On one hand she acts like she has been handling PTSD all her life and knows from experience just what to do to help Nick. I realize that she read a lot of on-line information but that hardly makes up for years of studying the condition, etc. She is all geared to help Nick, but she cannot do a thing for herself. I realize she has that "help others" complex but it seemed to me she needed to spend more time helping herself get back to a normal life than looking for so many others to help as a career. But then that personality usually does neglect their own needs for others. The end results are not usually good. But, a little over mid-way I got real tired of a romance that had little to do with romance.
I think maybe some of it was the age group. They went from a seasoned warrior to a older teen to me. Their actions just didn't reflect two people that were their age that had been through so much. I did quit reading. I lost interest in the story and the characters. I think perhaps a younger reader would have enjoyed it more. I did enjoy Taco's part!!
I was not paid for this review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this writer. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 10/6/17
With respect to my review, I sincerely hope Ms. Moore will agree with my choice to write an honest, and by that, a very personal, review. And because I read this book expecting to find a romance novel, and found that aspect lacking, my rating and review are based on that expectation. (and no ARC or free copy has been given in exchange for this review) But if you’re not especially ‘needing’ a romance, and enjoy women’s fiction, or reading about personal journeys, this story can be just the thing for you.
I loved the first quarter of the book. The characters sparkled off the page, and the tension between the two leads was sizzling. The smile on my face was wide, and I kept on reading long after my husband had fallen asleep, looking forward to reading about the hero and heroine getting to know each other better. And although they did, they (sadly) didn’t do it on the page (or not as much as I would have liked them to). There were some sentences here and there about how they talked a lot, but I wanted more than just ‘tell’, I wanted to be a witness to the romance, I wanted ‘in’ on those conversations. Instead, I read about how the hero struggled with his PTSD helped by the veterans living in the apartment building, and how the heroine searched for her future career at a retreat and then set up her cafe. All was very well written, and especially the hero battling his demons was very emotional at times, but since all this was done alone, apart from their future significant other, I missed witnessing the sparkles and their growing emotional attachment. Towards the ending of the book they got together on the page again, broke up and made up, and some very sweet letters were written. But for me, because of the missing ‘show’ with respect to the romance in the middle of the book, the ending didn’t make me a believer of the depth of their romance.
All in all, for me, Ms. Moore's first book was lacking in the romance department, which is why I rated it as I did. With respect to future books, I hope Ms. Moore will have her heroes and heroines do more stuff together on the page (so I can witness), keep her heroes and heroines wounded, but with a little less information on the why and the how of those demons and focus more on those sparkles. That way, I think Ms. Moore can write sizzling hot romances with believable HEA’s. And yes, I am looking forward to reading Ms. Moore’s next book.
Having said that, I have to say that I have gotten to know Ms. Moore through a Facebook page I love, and for which she acts moderator. Besides that, Ms. Moore has been very helpful with my efforts in writing which, in contrast to Eva’s result I just read, have not led anywhere yet. So: yah Eva for finishing the damn novel!
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Series: Girl’s Night Out 1
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