In this book we meet the socially anxious Millie and the very charismatic Pav. Let’s sit back and watch as they fall in love.
LIMITS by Susie Tate
Publication Date: April 5, 2018 Genre: Romance Length: 154 Pages Purchase: Amazon Story Rating: 3/ 5 Romance Rating: 3/5
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For as long as she can remember Millie has had her limits. Staying within them keeps her isolated, safe; helps her to cope. Why then have they started to feel so stifling? Why is her loneliness starting to rival her fears?
When she watches him she wishes she could be normal; she wishes she could be like the people he interacts with so seamlessly. Pavlos Martakis is her complete and total opposite: physically intimidating, likable, naturally attractive, extremely confident, sexually promiscuous: the most uninhibited, charming, outgoing and free person she has ever encountered in her life. He fascinates Millie; thrills and intimidates her in equal measure.
But, as the culprit behind the invention of her nickname Nuclear Winter, Millie knows that if Pav feels anything for her it is more than likely contempt. Cold, boring, robotic: that is how the rest of the hospital sees her. So she can safely watch him from afar. He would never notice her … would he?
Let me start by saying I enjoyed reading this book. The grammar and formatting was flawless (issues that comes up way too much). It’s engaging, and well written. There was a lot going on in this book and at no point was I tempted to stop reading it.
In this book we meet Millie and Pav who are both doctors at a hospital in London. Millie is cold, not literally cold, emotionless and robotic. Her peers refer to her as nuclear winter. She has crippling emotional issues which she hides from the world behind flawless make-up and designer clothes.
Through the book we get to watch as Pav and his friends help Millie come out of her shell. We see her develop confidence and learn to trust herself. It’s a remarkable transformation to witness and I couldn’t be happier for Millie.
This brings me to my criticism of this book. The reason I have to give it 3 stars instead of 5. The characters weren’t developed as well as I would have hoped.
I couldn’t relate to Millie, I couldn’t even fall in love with her. That’s unusual for me, I fall in love with the characters in most books I read. Usually there’s one, maybe two things that make the character unique. Millie simply has too much going on. She had debilitating anxiety, which granted is important to the story and I totally could have loved that about her. She had a childhood devoid of affection, again I could have totally gotten behind that. Who doesn’t love reading about people overcoming adversity and obviously the anxiety issues have to come from somewhere. I wish the author would have left it at that.
She didn’t. Millie is a radiologist, but not only that she’s the best radiologist EVER. She’s doing work way above the level she should be. She is incredibly smart finishing a degree in chemistry and graduating from med school by the time she was 21. If that’s not enough, she’s very wealthy (and obscenely generous – without expecting praise). On top of that all she’s also incredibly attractive. A couple I could have embraced. But in the end, there was too much that made her different from me. The worst part is, I don’t think those things served any purpose in furthering the story, it simply alienated her.
Pav seemed nice enough. We got to meet his friends and family throughout the story. But when I think about it, I know nothing about him. He obviously cares abut Millie and he handles her issues very well. He’s attractive, confident, successful, he has a lot of friends and unrivalled charisma. He’s unrelatable as well. We don’t learn anything about his past, or current struggles. In some ways he’s just the guy who loves the girl I can’t relate to.
Now, I know it must sound like I’m shitting all over the book. That’s not the case, at all. I thought the concept was amazing, and the ideas were well developed. I just couldn’t find it in me to relate to or even really care about Millie.