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Posted September 24, 2013
WARNING: This review contains spoilers that I felt were necessary to explain why I didn't like this book. Also, this is a prequel to Baby Dust, but can be read as a standalone.
Description:Stella is one step from leaving her honky tonk town when bad-boy Dane roars down Main Street on his prized Harley-Davidson. Their dangerous romance keeps the locals talking, but when Dane is arrested after a deadly bar fight, the couple discovers their love runs deeper than their reputations.
This review was tough to write because the first 80% of the book annoyed the crap out of me and I didn't like it at all, but then the last 20% was actually ok.
Let's start with The Good:
- The writing was decent, and I didn't have any problems with it besides some errors in grammar.- The last 20% of the book made me root for the couple and it had a nice ending. Probably because they're separated at this point so they can't be together and mess things up even more.
The Bad/What Seriously Annoyed Me/This is Probably Going to Turn Into a Rant, Sorry:
The characters had no personality, except for being infuriating, annoying, and mean. I can't even count the number of times I swore at them for being so stupid or despicable. When Stella and Dane met, he already had a girlfriend-which he was only using for sex by the way!!!-but Stella still tried to get with him. That's so messed up! And after they saw each other for like 10 minutes, they met up and had sex! I have 3 major problems with this:1) Dane just cheated on his girlfriend! And Stella knew he has a girlfriend but pursued him anyways! What the eff man!?2) They didn't even feel bad about it!3) They just met! Why are they having sex already!? It wasn't some one night stand, which would be understandable, but they were starting a relationship!! Just...NO!
So they're both a**holes. And the sex scene wasn't even good! It kind of sucked actually.
When Stella found out her grandmother was going to die she didn't cry (WHAT!?). But when Dane didn't say what she wanted him to, then she cries!!! I can't even... What is wrong with her!? *Shakes her like a crazy woman*
Besides what I mentioned above, Dane just seemed like an total a** 90% of the time. And a boring a** at that.
"'On Tuesday I was dating Darlene.' He reached for Stella. 'And today it's Stella.'"
"If some girl pulled a number like this on his Harley, well, there'd be payback."
What a charmer, right?
At times, there wasn't enough detail and it took away from the story.
It was written in third person, which I don't like, and it could've easily been in first person with dual POVs.
Stella had only known Dane for a week and she already loved him! NO! And she loved him enough to wait 12 YEARS for him while he was in PRISON for KILLING SOMEBODY!!! I just...
There was nothing I liked or enjoyed about this book. Not the setting, the characters, the dialogue, the plot... the reason I gave 1.5 stars was because of the last 20% and because the writing was ok.
*Breathes heavily from ranting so much*
Ok, I'm done. To sum it up, it pissed me off, annoyed me, and the only reason I read the whole thing as because I got it from Netgalley. Sorry to the author, but I'm always honest in my reviews.
*I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review*
Posted September 6, 2012
This is a highly emotional read that shows the worst of small town prejudice while showing that family is what you make of it. Stella's been wanting to leave her small town for years and has been saving money and constantly looks through a binder she's made of possible places to go to. It never seems like the right time to go though until it's too late. The cause of her decision lies with sexy biker bad boy Dane who she's immediately drawn to. He too feels that intense connection, and after a steamy encounter on a ladder, they're planning for the future. Bad decisions and impulsivity lead to a tragic event that causes their plans to go up in smoke and shows the true meaning of love and devotion.
In the beginning of their relationship I found Stella a bit unlikable with her impulsive and attention-grabbing choices. She never thought through her quick connection to Dane and the ramifications of that. Dane too was impulsive with anger issues and jealousy that made him easy to rile which led to devastating consequences. As the story progressed, and they matured, I found their acts to be more responsible and their characters more likable. At first I also didn't believe in the strength of their emotions as they only had 4 or 5 interactions. Stella proved me wrong though as she stood by her man for 12 long years.
I enjoyed the look and feel of the small town, as well as a few of the individuals. The images and prejudices were mostly believable and realistically presented. A few of the residents showed why a small town can be like a family by showing their support of Stella and Dane through thick and thin.
This story puts the reader on an emotional rollercoaster as events spiral out of control for our couple. It's a well-written story with realistic characters that you might not always like but are always interested in. The epilogue is a bit confusing but wraps up things nicely. Readers who like high drama will definitely like this.