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- Publication Date: March 8, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BBR463Q
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Watch and See: A Sexy Slow-Burn Suspenseful Romance Kindle Edition
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I just wanted to strangle Harper and Luke at times but I get it, they needed time to heal after Harper watched him do things that Luke never meant her to see but if you don't want someone to watch you, then maybe you should just avoid exhibitionism altogether. 🤦♀️ Sorry, that's my frustration talking. I'll get over it sooner or later. Lol I mean how can I not, when Luke looks like Franggy Yanez? 😂😂😂😂 He's so handsome, I could forgive him for just about anything. Sorry, I digress.
Anyways, as I was saying, I love Luke. I really, really do. Although, a part of me still wants to smack Luke over the head and kiss him all at the same time for being so frustrating. 😂😂😂😂😂 What can I say? Luke is a complicated guy. But I like complicated and I love that he was a sweet guy, who genuinely cared for Harper and took a liking to her from day one. But when the truth came out and he found out what Harper did, he just fell apart and Harper fell apart right with him. It was really hard to watch.
I wanted to console Luke so bad (Sorry, Harper) because I knew there was something else going on deep down that he didn't let anyone else see and it hurt me to see him in pain whenever I got a glimpse of him through Harper's eyes or through his POV. I really wish I had gotten to see more of him outside of his sexcapades and the few times Harper and him hung out in the first half or so of the book, but I respect the authors choice to leave him out as much as they did. This book isn't about Luke, it's about Harper and her life and her struggles. As much as I wish it was about Luke, it's not. It's Harper's story, so I get why Jiffy Kate focused so much of the story on her but a part of me did yearn for more of Luke. Sorry, not sorry. When you meet him, you'll understand. 😉
The funny thing is that the times I did get to see Luke, I was probably frustrated with him. Lol I couldn't help it though. He had a lot of things he needed to work through and because of that, he ended up messing up a lot of good things in his life. Harper being one of them. And let me just say, it was tough seeing them try to work through it because I knew they were good for each other, they just had a hard time moving past everything that happened between them. And I get it. What happened between them was not some petty thing. It was intense to say the least and they both took things TOO far.
It hurt me to watch it all unfold and not be able to do anything to stop it. They were literally a train wreck waiting to happen and when they finally crashed and burned, that's when my frustration really kicked in.
I wanted to force Harper and Luke back together more than anything and wanted for them to live happily ever after but not all tales are fairytales and Watch Me See is definitely not one of them. This story will make you feel angry, sad, frustrated and a whole roller coaster of emotions that will have you feeling frustrated AF but it's worth it. This book has made me feel more in the hours it took me to read it than any drama out there and my friend can attest to that. I blew up her inbox over this book. 😂😂😂😂 That's how frustrated I was reading Harper and Luke's story but no matter how frustrating it was, I do think it's worth giving a shot. Especially, if you love your romance stories with a dash of taboo in them. 😉
Just know, if you're looking for a romance story with a heavy dose of steam, this book may NOT be what you're looking for. This book does have some steamy scenes, especially in the beginning, but Harper and Luke's story is not about that. Their story is about forgiveness, love, taking chances and so much more, so if you love a good romance story that will torture your soul, in a good way of course, this book may be just what you're looking for. 😉 Luke is worth it. And of course, Harper too. 😜
Mousey librarian Harper becomes a voyeur accidentally after moving to the city to be near her terrible mother – a lifelong junkie who hates Harper and has been institutionalized for therapy after countless overdoses and near-suicides. Harper’s only friends are co-workers at the library who are coupled up. She lives in a cheap, closet of an apartment above a Chinese eatery. That’s all we know about her, other than her dad is dead and she loves all flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. After work, Harper rushes home and spies on Luke with binoculars found in her apartment. There was a cutely comic feel Harper’s nightly ritual of spying on Luke in her jammies with a different flavor of B&J befitting her impression of each woman. Harper was simply a trip, and then there’s the morphing from voyeur to harmless and curious stalking the object of her affection around their shared neighborhood to learn more about him, with Luke none the wiser. Soon enough, Harper discovers that he’s actually her mother’s therapist in family sessions, and the story changes abruptly from carefree to melancholy and never recovers.
The lightheartedness disappears and the book's real intent is dealing with a burdensome number of serious issues kickstarted by stalking and voyeurism. The changed approach completely sank my interest and I got bored with everything revolving around the junkie mom once Luke and Harper meet. Inexplicably, after a couple brief encounters, apparently both MCs are smitten with each other, but never come together until the end, which gives new meaning to slow burn. There are professional/ethical reasons to keep them apart, but more because Harper honestly blurts out her stalking and voyeurism to Luke, which drives him away.
There was a point at which I thought there might be more poetic justice to an interesting double stalking twist, as a new guy starts wooing Harper and does the same thing to her that she’s doing to Luke, but in a truly creepy way. Instead, the situation between Harper and Luke goes from a dating triangle (no commitments or sex, so get all judgey) to a dating quadrangle. Two guys besides Luke -- a creepy banker, and later a rich guy – vie for Harper, but I wasn’t buying any of it. The story just got messier and too internal.
First of all, there isn’t much description of Harper. She dresses bland and is thin from not eating much, but only near the end do we even learn her eye color. Other than being sweet, there’s no reason for the men’s profound attraction to her, especially Luke. The banker is a straight up manipulative creepfest, and the rich guy comes from a snooty family that disapproves of Harper and he doesn’t even love her, even though he’s willing to fight for her for some inexplicable reason. And Luke hasn’t even dated her, but wants her for life. There’s zero chemistry between Harper and any of these guys – again, especially with Luke. Tap out now if you’re interested in sex because other than the exhibitionist sex in the beginning there isn’t any until the very end. I lost total interest in the cathartic story being one long confessional by all the characters about their inner secrets, feelings, issues, or what they want. It was very therapy-driven. Not to mention all the stuff about stalking, obsession, addiction, therapy, suicide, and the list goes on and on. Even the therapist (Luke) needs therapy to address his need for exhibitionist sex. It was instructional, preachy, and heavy-handed all at once. The end is supposed to wrap it all up with a nice bow of resolution and healing with a message about Harper not just watching, but finally being able to really “see”, but my investment in the story and characters was long gone by then.
Harper has very little family, and that she does have is is completely dysfunctional. Yet, she has a heart of gold. She goes on to make some rather interesting choices when it comes to her free time, which may make you question her stability, but in the end it leads her to where she needs to be and ultimately to her greatest happiness.
This book evoked so many emotions in me, including shock, sadness, and hope. And can I just say Mr. Chan is awesome!!!! I wish I had my very own Mr. Chan. I loved that this book was unique and with a very dramatic story line. It was 100% engaging. I absolutely adore Jiffy Kate's books and this was no exception!!! Another 5 star, must-have read.
On a whim I downloaded "Watch and See" from a giveaway. I wasn't sure what I was going to find in the pages. At best I was hoping for a lighthearted fun read. At worst a poorly written plot and mostly sex scenes.
What I did find ... BLEW ME AWAY.
Watch and See is a touchy-feely, heart-wrenching, in depth story about two people who have suffered and survived much and eventually find the happiness they long for in each other.
I could not put this book down.
I highly recommend "Watch and See" to be added to the top of your TBR stack.
Loved it! Happy Reading:-D
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Another great one from these two ladies!