This week's review is over yet another ebook available for free download from Amazon as a way to entice readers to buy the rest of the series.
Before I get into my thoughts, though, here's the book's description:
After experiencing a humiliating breakup, twenty-two-year-old Cassandra Clarke is fresh out of college and living a simple solitary life without any intentions of pursuing love anytime soon.
When the estate next door sells, the last thing Cassandra expects is the unnerving attraction she feels for her sinfully handsome neighbor, Logan West, the young and charming single father with a playboy reputation.
It’s through Oliver, Logan’s four-year-old son, who keeps popping up in her childhood tree house, that she slowly begins to catch glimpses of the compassionate and wounded man Logan has hidden beneath his strong exterior.
Cassandra knows it's wrong and that she's heading for another heartbreak. Logan will never be able to give her what she wants…love.
This book has an over 4 star average on Goodreads which was promising to me when I started reading it on a trip I took at the end of February.
I, however, did not like this book. Almost at all. The first few chapters, while not good, were entertaining enough to keep me from closing down the book right away, but things got worse for me.
Right away I noticed that Cassandra came across as not only a "man hater" but a woman hater as well. She was rude and came across as having very strong "slut shaming" opinions that I didn't like reading. However, a little over halfway through, she becomes sweet in a way that, to me, came across as trying to erase her less than ideal personality in the beginning.
The dialogue was rough and the writing itself was missing something. It didn't feel like a 22 year old woman telling the story so it lacked a lot of authenticity. Also, a lot of the backstory is told through clunky exposition.
Logan is just as unlikable as Cassandra (really, all the characters are) and was very clearly inspired by the new "fifty shades" bandwagon image of a love interest. He's a rich, powerful guy who happens to be attractive and thus has no need to be a decent human being and comes across like a lowly frat boy stereotype- completely playing off the over-used "womanizer with deep issues" cliche`.
The characters don't know how to communicate.
There were times where Cassandra says she's acted sexy and alluring in Logan's presence, which contradicts how the story actually plays out almost entirely.
The major cliffhanger doesn't make me want to read the next book at all, and from what I've read in reviews, the sequel is lacking compared to this first installment.
All in all, I didn't like this book and personally wouldn't recommend it, but I'm in the minority. If it's still available for free, give it a try yourself, but I wouldn't say to purchase it.