"Meh" about sums this up. Two stars. It would have been three for the concept, but the execution (at least for the last 33 or so percent), is really only worth one star.
*****Minimal spoilers in 2nd paragraph below. MAJOR SPOILERS in the third paragraph.*****
In all honesty, I was looking for a quick mindless read when I chose this from my list of recommended books on Amazon. This book was predictable - by no means was it deep or thought provoking, so this is sort of what I got; I was happy at first. The Kindle version came with very few grammatical errors and typos - a plus. There were some tense issues that were bothersome, but not too terrible, so I kept reading.
***Minor Spoilers below***
And then... the awkwardness started to set in around 67%. It crept up on me slowly, so that I honestly didn't see it coming. And I kept reading, shaking off phrases such as "her breath like gusts of pure life filling my lungs", tongues being described as "velvet", and a woman being compared to dairy products ("she was like cream - fluid and sweet, wrapping around me..."). Awkward phrases were thrown in left and right, such as "I feasted on her taste" (um, what?) and that a climax "flickered" (that sounds like a personal problem to me!). Then there were other phrases that simply sounded way to immature to be taken seriously - e.g., "the force of my pleasure rocked my world" and "tasted her sweetness". Completely unnecessary literary devices being used solely for the sake of using a literary device does not equate to great writing... especially if those phrases are awkward and weird!
It all went down hill from there. There were flow issues that made me think the author was rushing to finish, yet other parts were drawn out unnecessarily. The book could have easily ended **SPOILER ALERT** after he found Katy, but it dragged on and on and on and on... and on, unnecessarily. I think I ended up skimming the last 20% of the book because I was so tired of all the nonsense, but wanted to see if anything else happened. Too many times the author told us what to think instead of illustrating it through her characters' interactions. And sometimes the "telling" didn't even make sense - e.g., Richard says he will "fight" for Katy, then two lines later says he's leaving? Ooookaaaaay. Some of the characters' growth made sense, other parts did not. Richard was wholly aware of his childhood trauma and how it affected him, yet the fact he was cognizant of these things did nothing to change him. This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever from a psychological perspective.... and IMO cheapens the character's road to self-discovery (and personal growth). The author was lacking on her research in this area... as in a few others (e.g., how a will is handled, etc.).
Like I said, I was happy with this read at first... but once it started going downhill, it never recovered. Disappointed, because this concept could have made for a quick, fun read.