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Posted July 12, 2013
If when you read you pick up on the details and fully follow the
If when you read you pick up on the details and fully follow the story line at all times, do not read this book. I could not finish it due to all the repeating facts and inconsistencies. Examples - Jordana talks to Slade about speaking and getting gossip from Gwen. However, in the next chapter when Jordana walks into Gwen's store Gwen comments that it's nice to finally meet her. Also, you learn of the same information over and over again, definitely not needed. Example: You are told that Curt Downing's dad killed Slade's parents in a drunk driving accident from Slade as he tells Jordana. Then later when Jordana meets Curt for the first time it mentions it again. If something like this happens once or twice, no big deal. But it is rampant in this book. At least the first half which is all I could read. Although I feel I could really like these characters and the story lines seems to be a shoe in for a great read, the actual writing is lacking a TON. Instead of learning about the characters through the characters I felt McKenna simply used direct characterization often. Shoving character information at us rather then learn it through their behaviors and interactions. Also, many events seemed to jump out of nowhere and seemed unrealistic - Griff's arrival and his and Slade's conversation's following it. I could go on and on about what I felt was lacking in the writing. So, just save yourself some time and find another book to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2013
If you want a how-to-manual on horses...
Seriously, I struggled through the first 60 pages and then gave up. The narrative is literally a how to guide on horses. The dialogue is painful. Questions asked in dialogue are rhetorical and it seems as if the same piece of information is repeated three times before the characters move on to something different. I have read a few books by this author and enjoyed them very much. I get the feeling that she knew nothing about horses before writing this book and did extensive research to give the book some validity. However, all her research notes strung together is better suited to a research paper, not a novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.