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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Emotional and Amazing!

Ms. McAdams has done it again! I laughed, got teary eyed and pissed off! One character, I just wanted to give him a good cussing, and one I wanted to ask if she knew what she had right in front of her eyes. Some are saying the additional love interest towards the end wa...
Ms. McAdams has done it again! I laughed, got teary eyed and pissed off! One character, I just wanted to give him a good cussing, and one I wanted to ask if she knew what she had right in front of her eyes. Some are saying the additional love interest towards the end was too much, but I think it was needed so Cass could get over her past and move on. Great job! And if you haven't read Taking Chances, I highly recommend it as well!

posted by 8298088 on December 12, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

24 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

It would be dishonest for me to say that I did not like parts o

It would be dishonest for me to say that I did not like parts of this book. I have no problem with the first half. I thought the love story was sweet and really rooted for Gage and Cassidy. I got to the halfway mark and realized that this book is very similar to the en...
It would be dishonest for me to say that I did not like parts of this book. I have no problem with the first half. I thought the love story was sweet and really rooted for Gage and Cassidy. I got to the halfway mark and realized that this book is very similar to the energizer bunny. It just keeps going and going and going.

This book is melodramatic. I don’t mean, because Cassidy was abused as a child or because the main characters are absolutely horrible at communication. This book is melodramatic, because of the dialogue, because the characters are ridiculously unrealistic and because too much happens. Honestly, more happens to these characters in a yearlong period than in the lifespan of a normal person. Halfway into the book the author introduces a new character that comes with his own set of drama. Then 75% in a new love interest is thrown in to shake things up. Why? I honestly don’t understand why these characters were introduced. How is the reader supposed to be invested or even care about these new characters? They came 75% in, obviously they’re not important, now you’re just making us suffer through your ridiculous story. I say suffer, because very few people will quit a book after reading 75% of it.

Then there are the characters. I understand why authors make their heroine’s damaged and tragic. Some of my favorite characters in literature are damaged. No, I do not mind a damaged heroine; I do mind a stupid heroine. Cassidy is stupid. I get that she’s had a traumatic past and has issues with trust, getting to know people and taking care of herself. That is all clear, still I found her to be incredibly stupid. The first half of this book consists of misdirection and miscommunication. There were moments where Cassidy’s inability to read a situation astounded me. I could not believe how difficult it was for her to see that she was being manipulated and lied to. Having common sense really can save you grief in life and Cassidy has none of it.

Then there is Tyler. Ty is an affront to best friends everywhere. At this moment there is a BFF giving their friend half of their dinner, because they know their friend doesn’t have any. There is a BFF asking their parents if their abused friend can stay the night so that their friend can have a night of peace. It goes on and on. The fact that Ty could go from that BFF to the bastard he became is beyond my comprehension. It is fine that he loves Cassidy. It is fine that he wants to continue to be the number one man in her life. Everything else about this character is awful and I have to admit unrealistic. He emotionally blackmails, manipulates and abuses not only the girl he has spent his life tending, but also the cousin who takes him in. Worst of all, this side of him comes out of nowhere.

Cassidy before the epilogue is 19 years old. She is finally free of her abusive family and it never occurs to her to make a plan? She doesn’t save up money to go to school, start a business, or anything. I’m not even sure that she graduated from high school. There is not even a mention on whether or not Cassidy sees her future as a stay at home mother. Everyone is different. I literally wouldn’t care what her plan was, as long as she had a plan. Nope, she gets away from her abusive life, focuses on guys and that’s it.

A love story should have romance and two people who cannot live without each other. Still, a healthy love has two independent people who have lives outside of each other.

posted by BookGeekConfesses on December 11, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Too much

    Was the book well writen? Yes, but it was so unrealistic and just too much. I was constantly rolling my eyes.
    As someone who should have been so emtionally damaged she sure came out of it pretty well. And of course all the guys wanted her.

    It was all just to perfect and reeked of pretentiousness.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Spoilers: had potential, but was unrealistic

    It had potential, and parts were good. HOWEVER: I like it to be believable. First, if Tyler's dad was actually suturing her wounds in his home, he would have called child protective services. As a doctor, he's a mandated reporter. There's no way he would have fallen for the multiple excuses for her injuries. Second: I didn't buy her mom's transformation from loving, perfect mom to ABSOLUTE monster, despite the alcohol. There was no lead in to mom becoming that way, one day she just comes apin and beats the crap out of her, before the new step father even started beating her. Just didn't seem realistic. That aside, the miraculous transformation in the mom's letter at the end was too eloquent and apologetic, too flowery and mushy to be believable from a woman who beat her child with objects then had sex in front of her for years, then had been sober for a few months. The letter was over the top, just like many things throughout the book. The misunderstandings and lack of communication were over the top. Tyler's anger when she didn't want to have sex with him was way over the top for a guy who took care of her for years and always watched out for her. Sure, he could be upset, but tone down the anger to make it believable. He was forcing himself on her... I didn't buy it based on their prior relationship. Then, with Gage, there were times when they shared everything, then she'd keep the dumbest things from him for the sake of creating conflict in the story.
    Again, it had potential, but just needed to be smoothed over. Tone down the over the top parts, build a little more with the things that seemed too sudden to be believable.
    P.S. I know many romance novels talk about electricity when people touch, but when in real life has anyone felt an electric shock when they touched, unless they rubbed their feet across the rug first in the winter....
    There are lots of similar book out there that are better written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Not that great

    This boom was poorly written. And I've read s lot of the cheaper young romance books for Nook and some of the are real,y good. But this book jumped around much too quickly it was confusing. It did have an interesting story line up until the point where it was just too cliche .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    So-so.

    I became so frustrated with this story, I began skimming pages. How obtuse, how redundant, how much angst can these characters create? Argggh! It starts out as a sweet romance, albeit an unrealistic storyline, and just gets stuck in a repeat mode. I couldn't get to the end fast enough. (Good points - male/female POV's, and HEA with a epilogue in the future.) Don't get me wrong I like angst, it makes for an interesting read, but this was too much! I became numb to the story and got tired of it.
    S.A.K.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Nor that great

    First let me say I was excited about this book because I loved taking chances. I however was disappointed. I just couldn't get into it and I was born and raised in texas. I hate to say but men inbtexas dont say darlin every other word Espically 20 somwrhing boys even if they were raised on a farm. I would save your money and get something else

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Way too long & unbelievable

    Ridiculous and ptedictsble

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