More often than not I can be found with my nose in a book. A nice long romance novel usually, hopefully with a happy ending. I think reading is an escape. My life is pretty darn awesome but sometimes it’s nice to crawl into another world.
I was so excited to read this book and for the most part it didn’t disappoint.
This is the first book I’ve read from L. J. Shen so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know they say, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ but how can you see this cover and not want to read the book? Don’t get me wrong, the description is good too but that cover… man. I love me a good asshole to sweetheart story, and a strong heroin who doesn’t put up with his crap. I truly believe that bad behavior is learned as a means of self preservation. There’s nothing I enjoy more then seeing the walls crumble, watching as they take a chance and let someone in. It always makes me happy when the characters trust and confide in each other, it’s just them against the world.
Yes, I’m one of those people who thinks everyone is nice by nature, everyone wants to be nice and if they aren’t there must be a very compelling reason. One of my favorite parts of books like this is watching the heroin break down the walls the hero puts up and seeing him share the things he hides from the rest of the world.
My biggest complaint with this book and the first reason it lost a star is it seemed to gloss right over that. There were plenty of times where Indigo shared her her story with Alex, but none where Alex shared with her. Instead it gave a line about how Alex and Indigo talked a lot and said he told her about his childhood and family problems. I was invested in Alex and Indie and I wanted to see that part of their relationship develop. To be honest, I felt a little bit ripped off. I read through most of the book waiting for the part when he confided in her, the part where he let her (and me) understand why he was such a jerk at times and it just never came.
Don’t get me wrong, the story was good the characters were well developed and the chemistry was there. I just felt a little bit ripped off. Eventually I came to understand his reasons and things were good again.
Then came the twist. That’s the reason I had to take away another star. Was it obvious, not overly. But it has been done before many times. As I was reading the book I found myself hoping it wasn’t going to have that twist, just like I do in every book where the heroin is grieving the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, there it was and I couldn’t find it in my heart to forgive Alex after that.
With that said, I will usually stop reading a book after a twist like this so the fact that I finished is a testament to the quality of the authors writing and my level of engagement. I absolutely loved Indie. She was so real, sweet and genuine while also being strong and witty. She was able to hold her own with the ever-temperamental Alex and his friends. It makes me really happy that she wasn’t one of those girls who bends and bows to the alpha, she stood up for herself when necessary and I absolutely respect her ability to do that.
Overall the book was good. Just good, not amazing or awesome or breathtaking. I’m not going through withdraws waiting for more of Alex and Indie. It was just good. The story was good, the writing was good, the character development was good. Everything was just good. I’m not going to seek out every book L.J. Shen has ever written, I’m certainly looking forward to giving this author another shot.
It makes me happy when embarrassing situations lead to happy endings. From the summary it sounds like there’s a hole in the wall and the new girls sexy neighbor has been able to hear everything she’s been talking about in her room. I’m blushing on her behalf. Whether you have phone counseling secession or your calling your BFF to vent about your day there’s an inherent expectation of privacy especially in the bedroom. I can not wait to see how this relationship develops.
Now, I don’t usually read books that will make me sad and this one sounds like that’s exactly what it’s going to do. But we all need to get out of our comfort zone sometime right? Don’t worry I know life isn’t all flowers and unicorns but I see enough real at work. When I get home I really just want to escape into a fantasy world where bad things just don’t happen. I’ve read a lot of Tijan’s book and they have all been good. After reading the summary I’m tempted to push this book to the from of my to read list. However, recognizing that I’m probably going to end up ugly crying at some point I think I need to be patient and wait until the weekend where I can cry without worrying about work.
Have you read any of these books? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts. I’m sure you all know the struggle of picking out a good book, so help a woman out and give me some suggestions. What books have you enjoyed lately? As always it would mean the world to me if you could like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.