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From This Moment On: The Sullivans, Book 2 Paperback – September 14, 2011
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However, the big turn-off for me was the way in which this strong and independent woman was so quickly and inexplicably drawn into being dominated (spanking and a rather total submission to his commands in the bedroom): "She took a shaky breath. She knew she didn't have to say it, but something inside her wanted to, wanted to please him. '--my body is as much yours as it is mine.'"
We are repeatedly reassured that Nichola is "safe" with Marcus, but when is it ever safe or healthy for a woman to put herself in a one-sided position of total surrender and domination?
Maybe others can enjoy this rosy fantasy of male dominance, but I just find it odd and unsettling.
In the opening, we hear about the Hero's being betrayed by his fiancee, which sends him off looking for a one night stand which is when he meets the Heroine. Other than that backstory, the first 40% of the book is almost all about thoughts/feelings of lust and longing. Sooo many repetitive thoughts of wanting the other person it drove me crazy. And, these thoughts aren't even believable sounding, just melodramatic cartoon character thoughts. Yes, there is scene where they meet for the first time and are both caught by knock-you-dead lust then spend like an hour together in the evening and maybe 30 minutes in the morning and decide they really like the other person. (They don't have sex.) But most of the rest of this first 40% is "I should have done this/that." "Oh was he/she so wonderful/hot." ETC. You know the drill.
Anyhow, at 40% point they meet again and go off to have sex. (I should note here he is 36 and she 25.) So, after he jerks off her top he just wants to stare at her breasts but she is shy. Deleting the inner thoughts crap in this section, just read this dialog and it will probably tell you whether you will like this book:
HE: Tell me why you are scared, Kitten.
SHE: Why do you keep calling me that?
HE: Because that's how you slept on my lap, like a contented kitten.
SHE: I want to rub myself all over you like one, she whispered.
HE: I want you to do that too. But, first tell me what's wrong.
SHE: I haven't....It's been a while for me."
HE: We'll take it slow. Slow and easy."
SHE: "Okay. But what if I want fast and hard, too?'
Well, at that point I couldn't take any more and stopped reading. So, if you like a lot of melodrama and a lot of time spent on the same old/same old thoughts, then you might like this one.
I can't explain Ms. Andre's best selling status. I will chalk it up as one of the great mysteries of life. If you know anything about writing, run.
First of all, the first fourteen pages are almost nothing but narrative. Good writers will open the story with a hook. In this book, there is none. The fact that Marcus leaves his brother's engagement party in order to go to a club is just a way to drop large chunks of flashbacks into the story. Ms. Andre does a lot of telling and not showing, paints no word pictures. The sentences are all about the same length and the pace is always the same, doesn't let the reader breathe. There is no ebb and flow. The flashbacks take the reader too far out of the story. The real story starts on page 14:
"She was riding the guy like he was a bucking bronco and she was the star rodeo rider," would have been much more interesting than the cliché, "Marcus was a man on a mission."
In the first chapter, Marcus is described as a man who looked at Jill in terms of the future, as a wife and mother. And then the author writes that her house wasn't the type to have children in it. Than why does he see her as someone to marry and have kids with? After catching his girlfriend cheating he hopes to find a woman to have a family with some day, but for now, he just wants to boff anyone. That doesn't make sense to me.
There is no creative writing at all.Read more ›
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Just started reading Bella Andre. Would prefer more story less sex.Published 11 days ago by Dorothy Jarchow
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Liked this book better than the first in the series. This one has more story, which was what I missed in the first one.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Liked the characters and storyline. Clouded with too many personal thoughts. Enjoy the Sullivan family stores. These books are easy to read.Published 2 months ago by Foy Gordon