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Most Helpful Favorable Review

47 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

Well! That was interesting!

I really recommend this book if you are the least intrigued by it, two thumbs up. These two main characters are anything but the face they are showing each other. They EACH have baggage. This is anything but a simple, sweet story. This is an easy book to fall into, a fa...
I really recommend this book if you are the least intrigued by it, two thumbs up. These two main characters are anything but the face they are showing each other. They EACH have baggage. This is anything but a simple, sweet story. This is an easy book to fall into, a fast beginning. The writing is compelling, very descriptive, indeed. The characters are all repressed and strange, trying to appear normal. The steamy sex scenes were unexpected, and well, intriguing. There are some murderous notions, too. There are many surprises as we read of extravagance and material wastefulness beyond our wildest dreams. Dysfunctional relationships. There were a couple drops in the story, like turbulence on a plane, as I felt built up, then...bla, bla, and that's that. Yet, as we learned, "such things happen", and perhaps that was intended. The author, though, does a fine job keeping us connected and packing in quite a lot of action in what seems to be about a 6-month roller coaster ride.

posted by dreamerbyday on May 4, 2009

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37 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

Don't be fooled by the first chapter!

I read the sample first chapter, and I was intrigued. The next couple of chapters were interesting, too, and so I kept reading. By the time I realized that I hated this book, I was 100 pages into it and then felt I had to finish. (I hate it when that happens.)

The...
I read the sample first chapter, and I was intrigued. The next couple of chapters were interesting, too, and so I kept reading. By the time I realized that I hated this book, I was 100 pages into it and then felt I had to finish. (I hate it when that happens.)

The writing drove me crazy. To describe the soon-to-be husband's desire, just about every sentence for 5 pages started with, "He wanted..." As in, "He wanted to speak to her of his desire, he wanted to undress her, he wanted to unbutton, he wanted to see her step out of her chemise, he wanted to lead her to his bed, he wanted to pull back the coverlet, he wanted to hold her face, he wanted to kiss her, he wanted her to want all this and he wanted her to fear it, he wanted her to submit..." This goes on for pages and pages while I was saying to myself, "I get it! He's horny!" And when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I read this incredible sentence:

"He wanted to slice her open and lie inside the warm blood of her body."

How romantic! Say what?

The female lead is more interesting, but still badly drawn. She seems to change her persona just by changing her dress. Characters are briefly introduced and then discarded - I didn't understand why, except maybe to fill in more pages between the "He wanted" and "She thought" sentences. None of the "surprises" surprised me.

Skip it!

posted by georface on June 30, 2010

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    I¿ve never been a romance reader but my girlfriend insisted I re

    I’ve never been a romance reader but my girlfriend insisted I read this. I’m not sure what she is trying to tell me. I was surprised by how much I liked this. It makes me wonder what other romance novels are lurking out there that I might like.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Really enjoyed it, it is nothing that you expect when you start

    Really enjoyed it, it is nothing that you expect when you start reading the story, very nice turn of events in the story, and kept me interested the whole time, to me that is a very big plus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Intriging

    Not at all what i expected so many twist you wont see them coming!!

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    A Gothic page-turner

    A gothic tale that keeps you reading till the very last line. Not a morality tale, but a story of good vs evil, nonetheless--of how grace can come is very unlikely situations & in very unlikely places, like Wisconsin . . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Excellent

    The author pulls youintothe character's solitude and dessperation. It is addicting.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    Very diffrent then what i thought it would be when i first start

    Very diffrent then what i thought it would be when i first started reading it.  But still very good and grabbed my attention towards the middle of the book.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

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    Haunting, memorable, and entertaining.

    This book is very memorable it is dark and haunting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Enjoyed it

    Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Warm up to it

    Good story line that takes a while shake out but when it gets going it's full steam ahead

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Fast reading

    Good read.Keeps your interest.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    I am baffled by the negative reviews for this book when Fifty Sh

    I am baffled by the negative reviews for this book when Fifty Shades are hailed. I loved the book and thought it was very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Great Read

    Mr. Goolrick introducese love after heartache, trust and betrayal. Once a person loses the three through faith and guidance you can gain them back. Though you may lose sight along the way "TRUST" must be seen within all you do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Slowly paced yet it builds upon itself. Not sure why there's so

    Slowly paced yet it builds upon itself. Not sure why there's so many 1-star ratings. The book took a little time to get going but once it did, it was unforgettable. Have recommended it to many friends and will continue to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Really Good Read

    This book was really good because it really was filled with unexpected twists & turns. The book is nothing like I expected & it kept me wondering what was going to happen next.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    This book hooked me from the first few pages. Dark, interesting,

    This book hooked me from the first few pages. Dark, interesting, clever, and intriguing are words I'd use to describe the storyline. Not a book I'd normally choose, so I'm glad it was my book club selection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    highly recommend

    Good plot and very readable

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    recommend highly

    this is a great read, twists and turns, good story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Good

    It took me a while to get into this book but once I did, I was hooked. I didn't like the authors writing style at first but it grew on me and I feel as though I have grown as a reader because of it. By the end I felt it was beautifully written though the writing style hadn't changed, I did. The story is anything but predictable. There were times that I thought I knew what was to happen and then I was pleased with surprises, twists and turns that I never saw coming. It is complex and intriguing, very dark yet somehow soft and uplifting in a way that makes no sense and perfect sense simultaneously.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Reliable Read fo sho!!

    This book was ever so intricate with many unsuspected twists in the plot. Didn't buy it but borrowed from my sister. Fantastic read with countless parts to stir up your emotions. Beautifully written. If there was anything about it i disliked it was all the sexual crap. Sex this, sex that, sex sex sex. But i suppose nowadays everything is about sex. Internet, movies, music and apparently books. Overall, highly reccommend. 4stars

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