Idk. Honestly, I didn't enjoy this much because I didn't like hardly any character. As far as the mystery-it was good, I didn't have anything figured out. But I felt kinda meh about it.
Adore this series! I have liked every one of them. Not as good as HIM, but they are fun and sweet and I am ready for more
It might actually be a 3. Which hurts by heart, because I am a big R.L. Mathewson fan. Neighbors from hell series---love to the moon and back. And I was really digging this.
We had a troubled boy
A sweet girl
An awkward push-pull between troubled man and sweet woman
Dude acting like a douche-check
Chick that stands up and says fuck that noise--check
Some hotness...and then...
So, it was great until about 75% and then it lost me. *shrugs* I will definitely read more from this author, as I said, I'm a big fan, this one...just didn't work out for me in the end.
I had a hard time with this. I think this author has a ton of potential and there were some really awesome moments and exchanges in this book, but I had a hard time with the repetition and the "telling" instead of "showing" and I felt that some key moments happened off page that would have been significant to showing the depth of these characters.
I loved Greg. I loved all the interactions with him. That part was so well done. I would like to read more about him and his brother.
I think I had a hard time with the nephew aspect because, with the exception of a good teasing scene, we just didn't get the uncle/nephew moments that I wanted.
There seemed to be a lot happening that took away from any aspect getting too deep. I could have done without many of the side things and just had more depth of each character through explanation of tattoos, or watching them interact with family, or even more with each other.
Again, there were some amazing moments, and I will definitely read more from this author.
I really enjoyed this. I'll admit in the beginning, I was a wee bit unsure, I found a few things kind of odd, but I did really end up liking it. I wish that a few parts had gotten more attention, but I liked the characters. There was hotness. There was frustration. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
This is spoilery so read at your own risk.
This my friends, was odd.
There were some parts of it that I liked, but I feel like the majority of the time I was reading it, I was not enjoying it for one reason or another. That is not to discourage anyone else, it could be me, though there was a time or two when it most definitely was NOT me.
The first 160 pages of the book were...slow. I couldn't get a handle on Lexi and that made me not really care about what was happening with her unfortunately. She drops these tidbits about her psychic "knowings" and her history with Spyder and her super secret super spy work ...
Also, the passage of time was weird.
I think I started liking it when Lexi was attacked, and I think that was because for the first time she had some kind of characteristic or some kind of vulnerability or something that I felt like, okay, this I can understand.
I do NOT like the way anything with Angel was handled. I'm half wondering why the author even bothered. It seemed like a total cop out and just kind of cruel and lazy to kill him off. Why have him at all? It wasn't necessary to the story in my opinion, and it made Lexi seem like the little fluff bunny that she claims was just a "cover". I don't know, maybe that's not fair, I'm sure plenty of people meet and get married three weeks later and live happily ever after...
Anyways, hated that aspect of it. Never a fan of someone killing off a soldier to make their story dramatic. I don't know. That's all I'm going to say about that.
The guys--these guys I DID LOVE! They were fantastic, this little Save-Lexi-Team. They were great. We didn't get much in the way of backstory or super deep into their characters, but this was something I felt the author did well in as far as their responses to Lexi and to each other and it was done with "showing" not "telling" and I appreciated that. I did like Striker, hell even if I had wanted to not like him, I think it's kind of impossible. So all of that was great.
Now, Lexi was "unschooled" and I actually found this part to be kind of interesting, the idea of the "Kitchen Grandmothers" and such, but the part about Chablis-
This did NOT fit AT ALL and was creepier than hell. I don't know if this was something her parents wanted as far as the unschooling goes, but no honey, no, you did not have a hooker teach you how to please a man utilizing a purple dildo. No.
There is NO sex in this book. There is no romance in this book. There is a little bit of a crush happening about the book, so no. I do not accept this. Let's just forget that ever happened.
I did enjoy the part with Mariam and with Lexi using her gifts to help and how that all played out and the psychic parts of it--well done with that I think--I wish there had been more of it or we hadn't had to wait so long to get to that. It was good.
There were a few dialogue issues I had too. Now, I felt uneasy about Dave. Anyone else? No? Just me. That's cool. For supposedly being as close as they were, the conversations seemed stilted and off. Or maybe that was just Lexi showing her immaturity and age, I don't know.
"Do I come off as overly naive or childish?"
"I'd say you come off as fresh."
"Fresh like baked bread, or more like garden salad?"
And then I starting considering it and I was like, what crusty on the outside, soft on the inside? versus, crisp and lettucey? --and then I smacked myself and said, no. This is not a conversation. Nopity-nope-nope-nope.
So basically I'm at 2.5 stars, it could have been more, there was some really good stuff in here and I was interested in it, but it took too long to get interesting and then those randoms things would pull me out of the book and I would be like
Again, could be me...well not the purple dildo and the fresh bread stuff, but otherwise, maybe it just simply wasn't my cuppa...maybe the next one would be great.
I'm going 3 stars even though I don't know if that's how I really feel about it.
Good lord, I don't know what to say, so I'm going to say everything and this will be a rambling incoherent mess. This will be spoilery. I mean everything that bothered me will be highlighted. Read at your own risk.
First...I don't care if Poe themed murder mysteries have been done a bajillion times. I like them. Okay?
I liked the writing style a lot. I know that some people complained about our MC, Sebastian, but I liked him okay...he was just...unhappy.
Now, I'm not in any way trying to discount his feelings, hell, I'd be unhappy too. His BF is a douche...and I'm not trying to discount Neil's fears of being outed, but really? you're pissed that your live-in BF needed you as an alibi so he didn't get arrested for MURDER?
So yeah, he sucks...however, this does not make anything that happened with Calvin okay. Simply break up. Just ...break up.
And don't get me started on this first little "encounter" with Calvin and Sebastian.
Now, I know I'm just an old married woman, but do you really go from just speaking to someone in an official capacity -as in reporting a crime or being a SUSPECT-to getting a blow job without any...I don't know...flirting or...something?
And the use of "baby" just pulled me out of the story, more than if he had dropped to his knees without a word.
I did really like Calvin, though. I thought he was a good guy. I know he had his issues too, but he was likable. I liked Max. I loved Pop.
I will say as much as it was WTF at times, I kept reading, it never occurred to me to DNF or anything, and I saw there is another one and I reckon I will read it too.
Because really, I did like the writing and I did like the murder mystery part. Was Sebastian a complete idiot? Yes. Yes he was. Just because your cop-lover dumped you doesn't mean you don't call the police when your house is broken into. I mean, I am fairly certain there are other police officers in New York. Call one of them.
So yeah, Sebastian--an idiot that makes bad choices...I mean, if you've solved a crime, you might want to , I don't know...alert the proper authorities instead of thinking you can handle shit on your own...but...again, I'll read the next one and maybe since I won't have to worry about the Bf, ex-bf, new bf, bad decisions because of ex-bf or new bf, then I can just enjoy the story. Hopefully.
"Why'd you never get married again, after Mom left?"
"Well, that came out of left field."
"I was too busy raising you."
"You're not raising me anymore."
"A father's work is never done."
"I don't want to see you lonely. That's all."
He snickered. "Do you think I'm lonely, Sebastian?"
I wisely kept my mouth shut and just shrugged.
"I'm not. But do you want to know something?"
"It's not smart to project your own feelings onto others."