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What elevated it:
1) The overwhelmingly scorching scenes between Stef and Rand. Truly amazing if haphazard and unexpected at times during the narrative.
2) The eventual introduction and integration of Rand and Charlotte's mother, May, to the narrative, which came almost too late to change some other impressions I had developed about this and other clans in the book.
3) The fact that I was so annoyed most of the time that I actually felt compelled to get to the end to see if it was at all logical and possible. It was.
What diminished it was:
1) The single worst cover for a gay romance I have ever seen. What an insult to have Stef portrayed as a fey-like pixie--he is many times described as a nearly six-foot tall, strapping, athletic and very strong man. I waited two years before I finally succumbed to buying it because of that, and was more angry over that cover at the end of the book. How can a publisher kill its marketing plan like that? Stupid.
2) I was seriously put off by the wall-to-wall partying that accompanied the wedding preparations--if people in Texas spend a week getting drunk like that, how can anything get done?
3) The relationship Stef and Rand's sister Charlotte have is over-the-top, and while plausible in a "Will and Grace" way (referred to as such in one scene), it seemed far too intense and almost childlike every step of the way until "The Big Reveal." Then it because more viable, but not more interesting.
4) That Rand is portrayed as so selfish (which he is but is also very decent) and Stef is set up as a model of decency (which he is but also very selfish) is a nice tete-a-tete approach. However, it is overdone in the beginning to the point that when they finally explode all over each other, my reaction was, "say what?"
The plot twists here are all over the place, especially the one you knew was coming involving that sweet little old lady that Stef was sent to court by his boss in Chicago so she's sell her ranch to their conglomerate client. It begins and basically ends the book, which is nice if you want a sandwich. However, there's too much on the buffet table here to prevent a little indigestion. I might give the sequel a shot some day. Burp.
I liked having all of the wedding party around and I liked Charlotte even though I thought her clinging ways with Stef were overdone. My only slight annoyance was all the gushing, pawing, and salivating over Stef's and Rand's looks.
After reading other reviews and seeing comments about the cover I looked at images from the first cover and I completely agree. Yikes. Cringe worthy. I would have passed on that book too.
When I bought it I debated between this one and one other. Glad I chose this one. All too often I start a book and even though I intend to try and finish it, I just don't. But I stayed interested throughout the book and finished it in one day. Looking forward to reading book II now.
The complete turn around on Rand's character was also jarring. Stefan had such a horrible perception of him that the reader did as well (since this was all told in Stefan's POV). Then the first few chapters didn't help things. Suddenly we see another side to Rand. I think if we had the first meeting in Rand's perspective or even a chapter or two in Charlotte's perspective to see another side of Rand that would have helped immensely with the change in circumstances for Rand and Stef.
I did really like Rand and I loved that he made the first move and had to convince Stef that he was serious. Charlotte drove me a little crazy but being that she was getting married it was understandable and I liked her character and her husband as well. (Not sure why the husband's straight best friend needed to try to kiss Stef - that just felt completely out of place and unrealistic). But other than that I enjoyed the secondary characters. I think there was plenty of drama without the need for a suspense plot and since it really only was relevant for the last 15% of the book I would have rather not had the whole someone trying to kill Stefan plot and concentrated more on Stefan and Rand making the decision to be together. I would have liked Stefan to have to make the choice to leave his job rather than not having a company to go back to.
Still overall I enjoyed it and I'll definitely read the next one in the series to see where this goes.
Most recent customer reviews
Not great, Not bad, Not perfect, an okay read.Read more
The sex scenes could have used more research. A lot of research. Please.
I found the banter witty and entertaining, along with the lack of...Read more
I had a fun time with I. Stef was kind of silly and Rand was super intense, but it was a cute story all around.