Honestly, I just loved this book. It wasn't fanciful drivel, there were high stakes, and there was genuine emotion and not the whole "We kissed once and now I'm going to marry him!" stuff that seems to be so prevalent in this genre. The only thing I felt was unbelievable was how long it took her to come clean. I'm definitely a new fan of the series.
There is the introduction of a new villain in this book and there are some developments with Merit's vampire nature but otherwise, it was a pretty typical Chicagoland book. There were a few situations going on simultaneously, a mystery to unravel, and a few things going on with the side characters. My only complaint is that it didn't feel like much progress was made in the main story arc. To be fair, I think that two other items in this book could eventually tie into the arc but aren't evident at this point. It was still an enjoyable time spent in the Chicagoland Vampires world so I can't complain.
If you can accept that a woman is prone to suffer from low self esteem after getting emotionally kicked to the curb and the manifestations of said self-esteem aren't a pet peeve of yours to read about, this is a great book. Unfortunately, I know a lot of people would be turned off from this book for that alone because it can be frustrating to watch someone sabotage their happiness due to low self-esteem. It wasn't unbearable and because it wasn't without cause, I didn't mind it. Instead, I was happy to read about some very intense sexual encounters, the breakdown of walls, and the happily ever after that was long overdue.
Fun story about the pain and embarrassment of unrequited love, a series of misfortune events, adapting to new circumstances, and the awesomeness of great friends. The only downside about this book is the suspension of reality required to accept that a person can walk away from so many close calls.
The performance itself was very good but seeing as I consume so many of these types of books, the story has to be able to stand out for me to enjoy it. There isn't anything that stands out as bad though, I simply didn't enjoy it.
My biggest complaint is that it is completely illogical. I mean my brain was screaming "WHAT THE HELL?" the whole time I was reading. You can't connect to characters, or a story for that matter, if their actions or responses make no sense. The dudes seem to exhibit multiple personality disorder yet she continues to hang out with them. She withdraws from school during her last semester to take a job working for Dude A which requires her to travel across the country the very next day (this is a decision made in a manner of seconds, btw). Huh???? They don't really know each other, he acts like a total chauvinist and even manhandles her and she's willing to drop out of school for some job she knows virtually nothing about?
I did not finish this book. I listened to it for a couple of hours and was practically bored to tears. The narrator's delivery was rather flat and she kept say "vagley" instead of vaguely, it drove me nuts. Then it got to the point where something was stated that completely contradicted something stated earlier and I was done.
This is the first book I've listened to that I could hear car horns and road noise in the background. The story itself was pretty good though.
Someone who has no qualms with cheating and abuse of power
Taken a different direction after Part 1
All over the board but mostly just apathy
I just did not like the direction this story took after Part I. It kept spiraling into a bigger mess and the whole "the people with power make the rules" thing was uncomfortable to listen to.
The chance encounters seem very serendipitous but otherwise it's a romance where the progression makes sense. They're immensely attracted to one another but are immediate adversaries following their initial encounter. This is not a cinderella story where the rich guy lavishes gifts upon her (although their dates aren't cheap) and there aren't a whole lot of sex scenes other than two turning point scenes.
The narrator did a great job and made the character sound both grounded and fun.
Anti-climatic? I mean it was a good ending but I prefer endings that give you more of a look into a HEA. It was probably a more realistic ending though so I guess I can't complain too much.
The book definitely took a different direction from what I expected based upon its description. It was good but oddly "deep". I thought the focus of the book would be on the romance but it was more so about the main character coming to terms with certain aspects of herself and her life.
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