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Posted March 23, 2014
You know those series where you really enjoy the first novel—fall in love with the characters and concept—then the second book shatters all those feelings. That’s what happened with me and the Heartbeat series. I loved Adam in the first novel, Heartbeat. I loved Katie. I loved the psychological twist at the end. But after reading Come What May, all that love was gone, and I don’t think I can continue this series.
My love lost wasn’t because of Jada—I only wished there was a little more character development with her, especially at the beginning. No, my love lost was because of the existing characters, Adam and Katie. I know Adam was supposed to start off broken in this novel, and he should be. There wouldn’t be a story if a character wasn’t broken in some way. But I didn’t like how much his character changed from Adam in Heartbeat. It was like Heartbeat’s Adam was completely dead. And on top of the heart break of losing him, I saw no growth in new Adam’s character as he moved through Come What May. In fact, every step forward seemed to be met with two steps back.
Also, I didn’t like how Katie became the antagonist in Adam’s nightmares, or the abrupt change where Adam first hated Dream Katie, and feared her, to suddenly he loved her. Honestly, with how Heartbeat ended and how in Come What May started like she was nothing but a tragic nightmare, I don’t see how this could happen. I didn’t see how Adam’s hatred for Dream Katie could suddenly turn to love. So how was this possible? Maybe if the nightmares and Dream Katie were more developed, I would’ve understood.
Finally, I personally have a certain tolerance level for too much drama, and Come What May crossed my tolerance maximum half way through the book. Way too much! And the ending, I can understand how others may find it intriguing with the possible love triangle building for the third novel, but for me, it just was way too weird. And even though I lost my Adam—the one from the first novel—I still just want this new Adam to move on.
In all, though I enjoyed Heartbeat and really like the author, I cannot continue this series. Not if I want to hold onto the love I have for Adam and Katie.
Posted January 10, 2014
So now I'm confused because is Katie not real? I thought she was real? I find myself re-reading chapters and I'm so stinking confused. These moments of confusion make me think maybe I can't read literature for a living and scrutinize it if I can't even figure out if a character was real or not. This was my issue with Wuthering Heights, once I realized there was two of some people it was like, game over, I'm not that smart.
But maybe Katie is real and this is like a really bizarre form of post traumatic stress? Jada enters the picture and she's kind of awesome. Adam is being a giant douchebag in this book which is the exact opposite of book one where he was just this little sensitive cuddle bug of love. When he says he's over it, he means it. But dammit if Jada isn't falling for him anyways, albeit reluctantly. Then I get to the point where I don't care if Katie is real or not, Jada is the real deal and Adam needs this in his life. Clearly.
He finds out that he may or may not be a baby daddy, his brother is unexpectedly getting married, and then oh yes- Adam decides to get high and drive an ambulance. You know, just another Tuesday.
I'm just getting over this and then? BOMBSHELL ENDING.
Oh yes, because Katie is real?
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW???
Something I love about Faith Sullivan? She ALWAYS gets me emotionally involved in the lives of her characters. But this can also be VERY frustrating, as is the case with the characters in the Heartbeat series! Seriously, my emotions are ALL OVER the map after finishing this book!
Adam is a mess, and you can hardly blame him. He has recurring nightmares of the day he lost Katie, the day she died in his arms...a complete stranger who seemed to know exactly who he was, saying his name with her final breaths. That's enough to mess anyone up. But he tries to use alcohol and sex to get her off his mind...which really doesn't do anything for him except screw all sorts of things up.
Jada is a bit of a mess too, but she tends to do a better job of managing her struggles than Adam does. She has gone through some tough stuff in her life. Of course, after spending tons of time with him, and going through some pretty emotional stuff with him, Jada is developing feelings for Adam that she sometimes wishes would go away. She cares about him, but they have to work together, and neither one of them wants to screw that up. And to complicate things, Adam is still hung up on Katie, who is dead.
I'll be honest with you...I have had this book for over 3 months, just waiting to be read. But I was terrified to read it! I loved Adam and Katie in Heartbeat, and I didn't want their story to end. When I read the blurb, and saw there was a new woman in his life, a part of me didn't want to know what was going to happen next. But now that I've finally read it, all I can say is this: Faith Sullivan is a master manipulator! LOL Here I thought I was going to be all upset that Jada came into the story, and instead, I have come to love her, and my heart is torn! Who should Adam be with? HOW SHOULD I KNOW?! I love all three of these main characters, and I just want them ALL to be happy!
Posted October 22, 2013
Okay. Alright, let me catch my thoughts. My first question is, What exactly happened here? I did not envision nor did I expect to see the story take these turns. It makes me feel like I’m out of the loop somehow.
Plot: Seriously? What happened? I feel like I just read an entirely different book. It leaves me heavily disappointed but more less confused. If you want to know a spoiler just highlight below.
(Nothing in the first book actually happened. It was all a dream. Adam never met Katie. He only met her briefly when he was trying to save her life. She really died in the car accident. Adam meets a new girl named Jada who he falls in love with. ONLY at the end of the book Adam meets alookalike of Katie and guess what? Her name is Katie. Confused? Me too!)
Anywhoo, I would elaborate on the love but I’m afraid I skipped that entire part and went straight to the end. Only to learn another plot twister which leaves me intrigued yet melancholy. And suffice to say that I’m actually willing to read the third book only to see how the author is going to piece it all together.
This is an okay story that really puts one over the reader. I could not invest in Jada anymore since I was already invested in Katie. It made it hard for me to like her. Still, with this many plot turns, the author sure knows how to surprise her readers. Come What May is good.
Posted October 8, 2013
After devouring Heartbeat, and that absolutely devastating and shocking ending, I wasn't sure what to expect from Come What May. The simple fact that there is another woman mentioned in the summary made me mad. I wanted more of Adam and Katie, not Adam and someone else.
After a few chapters, I grudgingly accepted that Katie wasn't coming back and accepted the loss, as Adam does. I thought I knew Adam after Heartbeat. Turns out he wasn't nearly the guy I thought he was. He makes a lot of bad decisions in Come What Me, and it made me lose respect for him at times. But, he grew on me, and I completely understood why he acted the way he did; I just didn't love him for it.
I like the fact that Adam and Jada are paramedics and that there was more of an emphasis on their work in Come What May. I thought that part of the story was well-developed and I enjoyed the medical aspect of the book.
Despite myself I grew to really like Jada. She is strong, level-headed, and very likable. I found myself rooting for Jada and Adam to get together. The chemistry between them was undeniable and I couldn't believe Sullivan evokes so much passion between the two characters without them ever kissing.
I finished this book just as torn up as i was after finishing Heartbeat. Sullivan delivers another knockout ending, and I'm still recovering from the aftershocks, hours later. In fact, I had to write my review to get my thoughts together, in the hopes of clearing my head (and heart) from the emotional turmoil! I actually wanted to scream out loud in frustration, emotion and shock when i finished the last page. All I can say is October can't come fast enough for me to find out how it all ends!!
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Posted September 7, 2013
There is nothing more haunting than nightmares that won't go away. You don't always know why you are having them, and your sub conscious knows all of your fears to feed off of. Adam keeps seeing Katie, the girl who seems to hauntingly know him, yet this stranger's death stains his hands. Adam is having a hard time dealing with the loss of Katie and forgets who he is. Jada is his new partner on the job though. A spitfire with shadows in her own past. These two have a very rocky road together as they try to feel each other out for trust. Their attraction for each other confuses each other, but there are lives on the line.
After the cliff hanger in 'Heartbeat' the readers are left wondering where the second book will go. Seeing differences between Adam of the first book, and the second. Jada is a girl you can relate to. 'Is Adam flirting with me, or am I just fun to flirt with? Should I allow myself to trust another person?' Who hasn't wonder those things? Girls will relate to Jada who is a strong young woman yet who is compassionate. Adam is a lost soul that the readers will want to give him a kick in the butt then a hug. To top it off, Faith Sullivan has the readers prepared for one ending only to pull the rug from under their feet, and wondering why don't they have the third on hand.