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Carter Reed

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I first read about this book on the Totally Booked blog. I am so

I first read about this book on the Totally Booked blog. I am so grateful that I subscribe to that blog; this was one of the best books that I have read this year.

Emma needs help and she goes to the only person that she knows can help her, Carter Reed - a man who is c...
I first read about this book on the Totally Booked blog. I am so grateful that I subscribe to that blog; this was one of the best books that I have read this year.

Emma needs help and she goes to the only person that she knows can help her, Carter Reed - a man who is connected to the mob. He was her brother's best friend before he was killed.

This is the first book that I have read by Tijan and I want to read more. I want so much more of Carter, Emma, Noah, Teresa and Amanda. Carter Reed was such a great book that dealt with so many complicated issues and I fell in love with the characters, plot and the author's work.

posted by lissasue25 on October 2, 2013

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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Well that was a bomb for me.... I just don't understand how it h

Well that was a bomb for me....
I just don't understand how it has such a high rating...

Perhaps it's just me....

Ok, I picked this book up because I was in the mood for a story with the Mob in it. I wanted something
suspenseful and badass with a little romance. And ...
Well that was a bomb for me....
I just don't understand how it has such a high rating...

Perhaps it's just me....

Ok, I picked this book up because I was in the mood for a story with the Mob in it. I wanted something
suspenseful and badass with a little romance. And come on the cover is AWESOME!!

BUT like my momma always said...."Never judge a book by its cover"

The beginning was actually really really good. I thought Emma would be a kick ass chick so I was hooked after
 the first chapter and went ahead and purchased the book and then it just went DOWNHILL after that for me.

Here's my issues....

1. This chick gasps and sighs way too much! I mean come on! She's "hot" for him the moment she sees him...
her nipples harden, she starts throbbing and blah blah blah. I must ask...why is she instantly turned on?? What
type of relationship did they have in their past that would make him her "ideal"???? I just don't think the back
story was built up enough for me.

2. I'm so over all these romance books where these girls almost have orgasm's just looking at the guy and
everyone's eyes are hot/passionate/steamy again...blah blah blah. I'm just over this style.

3. This chick is a sucky ass friend! She cares for Mallory, yet leaves Mallory and doesn't even put up a fight or try
to help Mallory AT ALL! She so quickly ditches her friends for new co-workers then when they don't talk to her
goes back to find out why her old friends aren't talking to her. Uh DUH!

4. After reading 55% of the book I still had no idea who Emma or Carter were...there were no deeps insights into
them no conversations between the two where we got to know them. All I new was Carter was in the mob for
Emma and they magically loved each other in a freakin day.

5. The story just didn't flow for me like I would have wanted it to. I didn't connect with Emma at all and found her
 to be whiney, clingy and very needy. I personally like my chicks with some attitude and Emma just didn't have
enough for me.

Most of my issues with the book are for my own personal reasons. Lots of readers love these types of romance
books but I just feel like this "style" has been a little overdone. A lot of independent romance books are starting
 to look and read the same to me. Maybe I need to find another genre for a little while and then try again.

Who knows....

I stopped reading at 55%. I just couldn't do it anymore, especially with Red Hill by Jamie McGuire coming out
tomorrow!!

posted by Paula0 on September 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    So I absolutely LOVE Tijan and I couldn't wait for this read. Th

    So I absolutely LOVE Tijan and I couldn't wait for this read. This ends up at like 2.5 for me. Just OK for me, or
    maybe just too short to even be OK. Sorry! *Spoilers ahead!* There is absolutely no true character development
    for the hero, Carter Reed, and the heroine, Emma, either. Absolutely very little complexity or depth to them at all.
     No, Carter did not end up as a book-boyfriend of mine. The heroine is whiny and complaining throughout most
     of the book. There's no spunk to her to her at all. Her relationship with Carter almost comes out of the blue
     when, at 40% (after she's asked Carter for help and they've exchanged a total of, like, 20 words) they're in love.
     Both of them. WHAT? When did this happen?!

    He has gone on a mass murdering spree for her, and we never really get to see WHY he's doing all this other
    than her dead brother and because "it's for her". Really - what does he see in her? What did they share in the
    past or even present to make him do all this for her? There's NOTHING. NOTHING we can see or be convinced
    of. They have no communication, no common interest, share very little with each other, just seem to be going
    through the moves as the plot demanded them to. I don't buy into the "suddenly in love" part when he appears
    until like 12% and then there were tons of scenes in between where they hardly interacted. The rest of the scenes
    between them, after the 40% "WE'RE IN LOVE" revelation, are EMO and OTT. Where's the growth in the?
    There is NONE. No build up, and no growth later.

    She ends up with this killer who she supposedly knows as young but we don't even see a glimpse of their
    former interactions and they hardly have a decent conversation in the present where she's not needing to be
    reassured. Where is the woman who killed the guy in chapter one?! Where is, even, the little glimpse into the
    past where she supposedly let a stranger touch her and it ended up being Carter? In two sentences, this is
     mentioned, and that is all. And then, wow, they're in love. And exchange like 10 more words to each other.
    Those little snippets into Carter's POV are ridiculously short. Those give us NO perspective into his true lifestyle,
    thoughts, just the facts of what the villains are up to. I continue liking Tijan's other work better. They felt more
     original, less EMO, and the characters more interesting and unique. These felt, sadly, a little too cardboard.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Not worth my time

    I skipped so much of this book------it was so unrealistic. Lots of sex, with a horrible plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    I have read other stories by Tijan and am generally a big fan bu

    I have read other stories by Tijan and am generally a big fan but I have to say I struggled through this book.
     
    Emma was an annoyingly weak and insecure person. After her initial act of bravery she turns into a girl who can only function when Carter is around. Even when he is around all she can think about is herself and her need to constantly sleep with Carter. There seem to be glimpses of the strong girl that Emma says she is but they are short lived and usually followed by a breakdown. 

    There isn’t much I can say about Carter because he really just seems to be there to kill people and give Emma orgasms.

    I was constantly annoyed and really had to push myself to finish the story.  I wanted to like it, I really did, but I couldn’t. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

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