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About the Author
- File size : 489 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 182 pages
- Publication date : November 11, 2012
- ASIN : B00A6CWTI8
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #570,930 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I started out enjoying the book. The very first part was fine. Then, it seemed like things switched. The characters at first seemed humbled by their troubles, then next thing you know they are acting like brats.
-She is the product of an affair and when her mom dies she has to move in with her wealthy fathers "other" family. they all accept her, except for the step mother. She seems like a decent girl who has been delt a hard life. Then midway though the book she starts trowing temper tantrums like a toddler and everyone is ok with it. the boyfriend even goes so far as to say her childish outbursts turn him on.
-He has no parents around. His mother ran away with her personal trainer when he was a kid and his dad flaked out and he and his little brother are raised by a nanny. He lives in a big house with a brand new truck AND a range rover. his brother drove a luxury sports car. These boys don't work, they just go to school and complain a out how terrible their lives are becaus their parents are MIA.
At the very end of the book (I don't want to give away the story line) they are trying to wrap up some disagreements and I just felt like they just rolled over and agreed with each other to be done with the problem. Well, I'm miserable without him/her so lets just make up and we will both feel better. Maybe if a crawl in his lap and he puts his arms around me, this whole mess will just fix itself. Meh.
First of all, the whole story is told by the two main characters in first person. It's difficult to achieve a great telling story via first person in and of itself, but the the author makes it PRESENT tense first person. Now I don't mind reading a story from a characters point of view in the first person but I truly cannot stand stories told in the present tense first person. It is probably the most difficult way to write a story and actually make it sound good. So right off the bat that really bothered me.
Secondly, the story switches points of view between the hero and heroine, which isn't terrible. It actually helps the story flow in a way, but at parts in the story the character would say something similar to "that's best left for another time" referring to a piece of information that you want to know, setting it up for another short story possibly. I just found it annoying.
Thirdly, the relationship between the main characters was often times off putting. The author notes that they argue and fight a lot in the periods of time that are glossed over, but they "enjoy making up". It just didn't speak "healthy relationship" to me and instead had me wondering why they were so much in love if the heroine could be so volatile toward the hero. Then when it came to the climax of the story and we are waiting for the two to forgive each other, it ends rather anti-climatically and in too much of a cliche that they hardly resemble the couple we first got to know in the first half of the story. There was definitely a disconnect between their relationship in the beginning and their relationship at the end. I just found it difficult to believe the ease of which they could forgive and forget. Implausible and convenient are the words I would use to describe the ending.
Finally, I can't even begin to describe the multitude of spelling and grammatical errors that appeared in this book. It's one thing to have one or two mistakes, but when it is so bad it detracts from the story you know the author was just too lazy to do a simple spelling check or simply didn't care. I don't know which scenario is worse. But why should I waste my time reading through the novel that needs to be decoded in order to read? A reader should never have to decipher an author's writing no matter how small the error. It's just bad form.
***Update - I just saw that this story is $0.99; it is definitely NOT worth paying 99 cents. The only reason I got this book and read it was because it was free at the time. So if you are faced with the problem of having to decide whether you will fork over 99 cents to read this than I say to you....GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN.
The overall all story is better than okay. There is a lot that I could go into and explain thoroughly, what I did or didn't like. But I'll keep it to myself and give you the shorter version. (This is already a long review.)
Inst a-love. You want it? This has it!
Romance with some bro-mance? Check!
Virgin? Check mate!
In to cliche's? Have at it.
All American Jock? He'll rock your socks!
Overbearing fam? Stale mate!
Taboo subject that should NEVER, EVER be in a ANY book? Yep.
There is honestly so much more that can be said that wasn't. The writing does need some work. Its not just the editing/grammar portions. It has everything to do with the Author herself. (Hence to add/get better Beta's.) If your looking for a perfect book, this is far from it. If you can get past all of the "mistakes" and take the story for what it is, it's going to be a good read.
The emotions in the book go back and forth. Again, this has to do with the writing style. The stock in the characters are just not really there. They tend to start out one way and end up becoming another. It does give you whiplash but, at the same time you can get what the author is trying to convey. So its kind of like a "as is" item, you know? It works for some, others will not get it.
The overall plot is there but its just not at its fullest. That's due to her being a new author and not having proper formatting? (I have no idea what that would be called? Better Beta's maybe?) To give back more feedback as to what went wrong or how to change what shouldn't be. Also, a number of many other reasons. They just help out so much.
Like I said, if you can get past all of these reasons. There is light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to want it bad enough to reach it. Would I recommend? Yes. The sex scenes are really great. It's a sweet romance and a book that will stay with me for a while.
***Taboo thing mentioned above*** DO NOT KEEP READING IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW!
Its about miscarriage. I'm a SUPER stickler for ANY author writing about this or abortion. I abhor every story that has either of those subject matters in them. (Personal reasons that I will not discuss.) Though I will say this, I think that she did it justice.
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The only criticism I have is that I really love reading romance novels but hate when they are over the top lovey dovey. There are places when this story reaches my lovey dovey limits. No one is ever that perfect but I think the author balances this out by making the story amusing.
Overall I enjoyed the story and I liked the authors style. A very easy, pleasing read.
I really feel bad for leaving such a bad review, but I couldn't wait to get to the end of the book.
Heath has really put the detail and focus into Teagan’s character and I think it shows clearly in her work.
Declan Sage is anything but boring. His personality is swoon worthy and he has had the opposite upbringing to that of Teagan. He had to grow up quickly and make big decisions; he’s learnt to keep control and somewhat of an order to his life. That is, until he met Teagan.
Their journey is complicated, their happy ending filled with obstacles from the go and their story heart breaking.
This is a story that will make you laugh, make your cry and leave you sitting at the edge of your seat with your mouth hanging open. I did cry reading this book and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Heath plays on the emotions of every person who reads this book.
If you love Adult Romance or YA Romance and you’re looking for something new and fresh, This Beautiful Thing is a must read!
Review by Jade Lloyd. If you want more reviews by Jade, visit her blog at: [...]
The plot really begins with the events of the party. After hooking up with the random guy, both he and she are desperate to find out who the other is. It turns out his name is Declan and Teagan's brother's best friend. Here lies the `problem' aspect of the book. Teagan and Declan, after realising their attraction goes much further than a quick fumble around at a party, sneak around and begin to date. Teagan is the girl with the temper who gets mad at the smallest thing while Declan wants to be the cool and composed guy who wants something deep and meaningful. Declan was a lovely character compared with Teagan. He had a life goal which was nice to see; he was a caring person and took on a hell of a lot for a guy his age.
The plot is extremely relationship focused and there isn't too much else there. There are plenty of steamy sex scenes but too much repetition and the use of my most hated pet name, `baby'. At one point, Teagan states that she likes Declan because he makes her feel special because he calls her baby. Surely not the strongest reason to like someone? Heath's writing isn't the best, honestly and the editing of the book could have done with a hell of a lot more attention. There are spelling and grammar mistakes galore which were very off putting whilst reading this book. I can easily overlook a tiny mistake but there were a lot, all the way through.