I could overlook the ridiculous Christian moral lessons Cassie says, "Lord, help me to not be attracted to Jack because he's not sure of his beliefs." Personally I think that is a slap in the Lord's face, I'm sure he has better things to be worried about. If she's so upset by his uncertainty than maybe that is what she should be thinking about.
I could overlook the unrealistic budding relationship of 30 somethings. So after over a month of daily contact Cassie finally decides she can "date" Jack - hey, what were they doing the whole time? What is the implication of dating? The guy bent over backwards to give her everything and she could desire and all she can worry about is being afraid of having a relationship more than a friendship.
I could even overlook the tangent subplots that went nowhere, but I thought the ending stunk. I guess the truth is that if the ending/final explanation wasn't so disappointing I would have over looked all those things, but as it stands, I really was let down.
The plot "twist" at the end lasted a whole minute and a half. The "mystery arsonist" was such a minor character I didn't even realize who he was for the most part. I also didn't believe the arsonist's motives - I understood why he would do what he did, but I sure didn't believe that a serious fire fighter (as opposed to an arsonist who becomes a fire fighter to be near fire) would stoop to such levels. Furthermore, I hated the idea that the whole book was built up to why Jack was being targeted, only to find out it was arbitrary; nope, no vendetta, no dislike, just in the wrong place at the wrong time and no better than the loser of a coin toss.
I gave this two stars because the character development was good and the writing was interesting, I just didn't like the plot or the motives.
I generally like Elizabeth Lowell stories, so I don't understand what happened. I had no empathy for the hero, Hunter, who seemed to be a woman hater. He didn't change his mind even when he saw how the heroine, Elyssa, didn't fit his stereotyping, and up until the last minute was dead set against her. I don't even understand what it was that changed his mind about her.
I didn't understand why Elyssa put up with Hunter's verbal & emotional abuse. She seemed numb as a post - not brave - frequently going into "enemy territory" and risking her life on purpose.
I gave this story two stars because the reader was OK and because I chose to listen to the whole thing. If it was too much, I probably would have stopped before it was over. Maybe I just wanted to see if Lowell would turn it around.
I really enjoyed the reader for this book. She has great voices for the characters.
The story is very detailed, and even though I didn't like the "hero" I just figured that was as it was. My biggest disappointment was that the ending fell flat. It seemed to me that the author had used up her allotment of words and quit as quickly as she could. Since the rest of the book is so detailed, I wondered what happened.
I guess it's worth the listen, and even though things end well, it just doesn't feel complete.
This is a interesting listen. I enjoyed the characters and plot, with lots of twists, although I'm not sure I'd compare it to Evanovich, which I have seen several times.
The writing kept me engaged, and the narrator was fine.
I'd also like to point out that this is the third book in the series, with the first book: Dating Dead Men not yet available at Audible. I was slightly confused and listened to this last book first.
Off to listen to Dating is Murder now...
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