I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. It was an amazing story that took you to places emotionally that are hard to explain. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cringe, you'll feel your heart break. This isn't your typical love story. This story couldn't be further from that. It's a story of true pain and suffering from a girl who most stories would picture as having the perfect life and in the end it all works out for the best, la de da. But not in this story. She has anything but the perfect life. She goes through some serious things but it's all so well written and so beautiful.
The author is amazing. A true wordsmith. The whole book is just brilliant.
This isn't your typical sappy romance novel where everyone comes out smelling like roses in the end. This isn't the same story you've heard 1000 times retold in a new way. This is a very different kind of story that isn't just about love or falling in love. It's a really emotional journey for the characters in the book and the reader.
This isn't the kind of book where you have a favorite part. The whole thing combined is an experience and you must go through the entire journey to truly enjoy the ride.
Right from the start this book rubbed me the wrong way. It went on and on about her "trailer trash" upbringing. It got down right offensive. Oh the horror of having to grow up with fake wood paneling.
But even if you could overlook that, you are still left with the over the top "man eater" type character who prefers one night stands to chocolate cake.
I tried really hard to listen. Normally I love Jill Shalvis books, especially the Lucky Harbor series but this one is so over the top it made my stomach turn. By chapter 3 I realized that my time is far to valuable and I like myself to much to continue to put myself through listening to one more minute of this offensive crap. And really I know that sounds harsh but it really was crap.
Absolutely. Jill Shalvis really shined in this one. Usually as a series goes along things start to go downhill but I really think this is the exception to the rule. Great story. Really well done.
As always she was great. Flawless performance.
It's hard to say without giving away important parts of the book and nobody likes spoilers but I will say yes, I was surprised when she left. I expected her to stay.
The book started off as a confusing mess. You couldn't help but get the sense that the publisher demanded a sequel and the author went through several periods of not knowing what to say to continue the first story along and in the end, you got a horrible start.
Things did eventually get better but half-way through you couldn't help but feel sorry for the person and their horrible relationship. The saddest part was, she didn't seem to know her relationship was built totally around sex. He didn't seem to care about her needs, her problems or sharing any part of his life and even if she worked a 100 hours that week, hey as long as he got him some, who cares, right?
The most disappointing part is really that the author didn't seem to get how completely unhealthy this relationship really is. This isn't love. This isn't romantic. This is just sad. Sex does not a relationship make. Even if it's great sex. And just because you have sex 5 times a week, doesn't make it great sex. If you worked so much that week your eyes are about to bleed, going home to have to make your man happy by giving him a bj isn't right. That's not romantic. That's just serving your man to make HIM happy. I don't know. This whole story just rubbed me the wrong way.
Eh. Not really. I mean if you can get the book at a great discount, sure. It wasn't bad but I wouldn't suggest paying full price for this one.
Yes, but next time I might look at the length beforehand. There is a difference between a well written short story, and a story cut short. This was most definitely the latter.
Uhh that's it? Where's the rest of the story? This was ore like the start of a good book that cut off a few chapters in.
It made me wonder how in the world this book got published. Not that it wasn't a great start but it was far from a full story. It left you sitting there confused how it could end so quick. It was more like a preview of an upcoming full novel.
I wouldn't. The performance wasn't bad but I just couldn't get into the story.
Yes. She wasn't bad at all.
Bored. I hate to be so mean but to be honest the story just bored me to death. It just didn't have that heated passion or any OMG moments that tend to make you fall in love with a good romance book.
I'm not normally into stories about vampires and ghosts and goblins but I found this story rather cute. It was short and could have been greatly improved by adding more background and length to the book but overall it wasn't bad.
Probably. This book wasn't bad.
This is one of those swoon worthy stories that you find yourself wanting to shout at the characters sometimes, and smile all at the same time. There are so many emotional ups and downs in this story.
Absolutely. I couldn't in a million years turn it off. I had to rush to the end.
This is a series you will want to read. If you liked Twilight or the Hunger Games then The Selection series is a must read. The One, the last book in the series really wraps it up well.
If you've read the other books in th series you'll be very familiar with this story. All the stories int he series are pretty much the same, only the characters change. This one is like the others, and covers the relationship of Ella and Declan. It was a sweet story and overall I would say well written that has a sweet, make you smile kind of ending.
My only real complaint would be with the narration. It wasn't really as much her voice as the way she read certain parts of the story.
As with all the other stories in this series there was a lot of talking to themselves. However the way the narrator read it, you cringe.
It makes me think back to that Brady Bunch movie where Jan Brady would talk to herself in that crazy I'm talking to the voice in my head voice. And it happens that way a lot in the book ... every time a character speaks to themself.
This may be your typical love story where the strong, damaged guy meets the sweet girl next door from some random small town, but you know what? I don't care. I loved it. The story was sweet and endearing and Brady might quite possibly be the sexiest man alive.He's the strong silent type.He's the kind of guy who can fix anything and make you feel safe and loved.This is the kind of story that makes you love a good love story.It might not have been the best love story ever written, but it was sweet and in the end you are left with a smile on your face. So is that really a bad thing?
Yes absolutely. Even though you knew what was coming and how it was all going to end, it was still well written enough that you wanted to stay with it until the very end.
When you first get to know the character of Jade from the previous book in the series, you get the feeling that she's a strong, take no shit kind of girl. Her character draws you in and makes you want to get to know more about her. It makes you root for her love with Dale and then when you get to finally finding out about her big secret it's a big time let down. It's like ... wait what? Nobody died. Nobody got raped. Nobody got really anything. It was a very big let down and it made me really re-evaluate Jade all the way from the very beginning and it really made me lose so much respect for her. She didn't face anything major like you first thought.
So when I lost respect for the main character of the story, and you seen she was just this spoiled brat, it just made it really hard to keep rooting for her and it ruined the story for me.
I like Jill Shalvis as an author, so yes I will probably read a few more of her books.
At first I would have said yes. The story of Jade and her big 'secret' draws you in. She was strong and self preserved and then you get the big fat let down and find out she isn't strong. She is just a spoiled little rich girl and well the story was ruined from there, at least for me.
She had no big trauma ... not a real one at least. Sucks was happened but trust me when I said, there are much much much worse things that happen every single day and people don't run off and hide for 18 months unable to get over it. I so seriously had to roll my eyes at this one.
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