I guess I am truly not a romance fan or I didn't read the description well enough to realise what I'd be getting into because I found this achingly slow, drawn-out and a pretty darned silly - though I llike horses and cowboys which is probably why I tried it. This is my first book by this author. I am only giving it three stars because I feel it might have more merit for people who know what to expect and obviously the series has a lot of fans so maybe I'm just too jaundiced. I think I would have prefered a female reader too with all this internal anguishing and heart palpitations, the male reader drawls it out in laconic cowboy style and I kept finding myself rolling my eyes wondering how he could say all this stuff with a straight face. I agree with the reader who said the heroine might have moved on after 7 years - the heartbreak being that she slept with the man for a week (a whole week, mind) all these years ago in which she (or both of them) were convinced they'd discovered true love only for things to go amiss. Call me a cynic but no matter how much amazing sex they had in those memorable seven days, it's hard to think of it as more than a fling, let alone feel for her burning lasting grudge at being 'abandoned' and cruelly wronged. But it appears that quick tumble pretty much stopped her life until he came back to town. Like lots of romance novels things between them could be cleared up in about five minutes if he'd only tell her his reason for taking off but that would make it too easy and he's a tongue-tied, love-struck cowboy with lots of arrogant male pride (but a soft vulnerable center.). So whenever they run the risk of having an honest conversation, one of them takes offence and flounces off in a snit. I hope things pick up in the second half because this is seriously soppy, a lot of wistful sighing and if only's and yes, she does join an internet dating service which is just as well because that's about all that happens in the first half and I'm hoping for at least one or two plot twists if I'm to make it to the end of this book. I haven't read any of the others in the series so I can only assume that Connor and Tricia had an equally tortuous relationship but for those who care you'll be happy to know they are sickeningly in love and having sex about every five minutes even though she's nine months pregnant and large as a house.
Like most readers I am a fan of Patrick Rothfuss, eagerly awaiting his next work. I hadn't listened to the sample and thought it a bit odd that he gave a warning to new (and old) readers in the prologue, but fair enough, the third book isn't always the best to come in on, especially if it bypasses the main story and deals with a minor, though up to now interesting, character. I expected that maybe this tale would be a little odd and strange - I just wish Rothfuss or the publishers had mentioned in the blurb that there is no 'tale' or any form of storyline, bitter-sweet or not. Just a lot of pretty writing and Ari scampering around the underthing, getting more unbearably twee (for me) by the minute. I'd found her appealing (in small doses) but this novella has pretty much cured me of wanting to hear or read anything about her again. I do think it very unfair to review without consuming every word of the entire work but I couldn't help myself - towards the end I started jumping from chapter to chapter to see if there were any hints of excitement, drama or even a piece of dialogue to come. Sadly that wasn't the case and Patrick basically apologized - or explained his reasons - for these self-indulgent freeform ramblings as an epilogue - a bit too late for me. Now if the lyricism of his sentences satisfy you and you are happy following Ari around her rather sad uneventful daily routine you might not find it all as pointless as I did. I would still love to know what happens in the next installment of the Kingkiller Chronicles, Patrick. I still respect your writing. I just wish I'd listened to your warning and skipped this one.
Why has Roy Dotrice decided to give Daenerys and Bran such excruciatingly irritating voices this time around? Did his good reviews go to his head - does he think it's all about him doing funny accents? Even if this book wasn't crushingly disappointing, long-winded and rambling, I can hardly bear to listen to the old crone who's supposed to be a 15 year old regal princess, mother of dragons, or the wizened old peasant that Bran has become. I haven't finished the book and doubt that I will. And by the way what has happened to all the audible listeners' reviews? I can't find them on the main page any more. And they were a big part of helping me choose a new book - probably wouldn't have ordered this one if I'd been able to read any besides the two stellar ones Audible put up there.
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