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Hot scenes that, unfortunately, in her latest books are almost non-existent. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm really not one that needs that in a book. Some of my favorite books are YA, so it's not a must. But in this one, it took too much. When it did happen, I could have gone without it.
But let's talk about the book. Vanessa works for a football player, a famous one. One that can't be bothered with anything, other than his career. He cares about few things in life. He's actually a major douche. I thought Dex Locke was an a-hole! Aiden was more so, because he wasn't volatile like Dex, getting pissed at the drop of a hat. But he was rather cold and didn't treat Vanessa like she was a person. Anyway, he grew on me, gradually, slowly, so very slowly. It's a long process, this relationship of his with Vanessa.
The story took a surprising turn I wasn't expecting. I actually liked the idea, I liked how that brought them together. Aiden woke up caring about one more person. Actually, the story seems to focus on that. There's not much emphasis placed on his football career. Vanessa's career is important, though and we have a very important scene connected to it.
So, while I liked Vanessa, and I liked Aiden because he grew on me - there's this scene where they're watching The Land before Time, it made me grin - it's just that. I liked the book. It started out with me loving it, but then it progressed and, by the end, I wasn't wowed by it. I felt something was missing. And I feel it reminds me too much of Kulti. But whereas Kulti I loved, this one... I get slow burn. I do. I'm not one for insta-love. But there's a limit to it and I feel that something between insta-love and this really slow burn would have been better.
I was really excited to read it. I'm actually glad it was received so well, that it's loved by others. I know there's no way one can love everything an author writes, even a fave, so that doesn't mean I'm giving up. Heck no, I'm still #TeamMZ and I'll be waiting for more awesome books of hers.
It pains me...PAINS ME to be negative! ARG! I love this author - I really do, but she never evolves. I think, with this book, she tried to recapture the essence of Kulti and fails. This book was so unbearably long, hundreds of pages of word vomit. This book could have been cut down 50%, and it would have been a smoother, more substantive read. Repeated over and over again are descriptions of how big and gorgeous is our hero, how much he eats and constantly smirks. Oy. Each chapter is the same over and over again - please, get a real editor. Hey, Zapata - "wide BIRTH" - really??? I repeat, please get a real editor. This is your 5th book, time to go pro. Harsh, I know, but this is a version of tough love. Enough with the slow burn gimmick. It's unnatural to the story and, I believe, robs you of different avenues to pursue in the story.
*Sigh* The author, on Facebook, laments how much she stresses each time she publishes. Her nervousness and insecurity, IMHO, subconsciously causes her to pile on the text - never enough mentality. Stop it, before I'm forced to (in the author's own words) punch you in the ovaries ;)
This was the first book I read by this author and it surprised me. I guess i was expecting an angst-filled-roller-coaster type sports romance with an a-hole of a hero but that's not what it is at all! Aiden IS an a-hole, but his taciturn behavior is so extreme that to me, his lack of interest in nearly everything, his need to stick to rigid routines, his lack of social skills, his rudeness etc; it all seemed to describe someone who had Asperger's. I have no idea if that was the author's intention or not (i suspect not, since i've now read 3 of her books and they all feature similarly characterized heroes) but i like to think of Aiden as having Asperger's, i guess.
I like Vanessa, and i liked how her issues were revealed slowly throughout the story. Her past kept surprising me and i loved how protective Aiden become over her! I also really love the fact that i wasn't forced to skim through a bunch of boring sex scenes! It's a true romance where the characters' feelings for each other develop slowly. Honestly, i think the only reason this book is not getting 5 stars is because i read Kulti right after it and loved that book even more than this one. They aren't connected, but my advice would be to read this book before that one because I liked this book A LOT, but now that i've read Kulti i know i would've been a little disappointed if I had read this one afterwards...
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