This book is as poorly imagined and written as the previous ones. I keep hoping the writing, characters, and plots will evolve and perhaps the books will show more sophistication. No luck. This installment crosses the line from "suspending disbelief" to just plain stupid and amateur. What editor allows this??? DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! If you must, borrow a copy. But it's time wasted that you'll never get back.
Here's what my wasted money bought me: There is a scene in the book where Goldy is called "Miss":
all in same passage - we are not 2nd graders, it's not that funny.
The author's lack of sophistication (and creativity) is evident throughout, and it would be impossible to even begin to address all the amateur facets of this book. A couple examples:
---With exception of Marla, if a person is rich, that person is always arrogant. *Amateur*
The author has made a lot of money off this series, so why does she have such a grudge against wealthy people? Goldy makes the tackiest comments about "rich clients" inside their own homes. Maybe Goldy should move if she hates wealthy people so much. She could cater public school lunches in South Central LA?
---Fixation on repeatedly describing characters' obesity--except Goldy, who is apparently immune to weight gain. *Amateur*
The author is constantly and unnecessarily reminding us that Marla is fat. No need to mention that every time she appears in a scene--we got it,the woman is fat. And speaking of fat, if this is something the author feels must be pointed out every time we encounter a fat character, references to Goldy should certainly include unflattering descriptions of her body. There is no way Goldy weighs under 250 lbs. Arch would be obese as well, since the woman only feeds him cookies and carbs. The recipes in the book hardly pass for healthy, and Goldy is always complaining about making anything that wouldn't clog one's arteries.
---Goldy gets multiple head injuries in every book. Other injuries occur as well, but the go-to is Goldy getting knocked unconscious. *No creativity*
"The pain from Julian’s body crashing into mine was concentrated in my head. I rubbed my temples and tried to clear my brain."
Why must it always be a head injury? Seriously, she gets body-slammed and it's her HEAD that is injured? This woman would be a vegetable if she had an average of two head injuries per book.
Here, let me help! How about: "The force from Julian’s body crashing into mine was luckily absorbed by my generous whipping cream-induced girth." No head injury, includes the mandatory fat reference. Maybe I should ghostwrite the next book. I bet it'd be better than the junk this author is pouring out.
(By the way, blue roses already exist.)