You’re the One That I Want, Giovanna Fletcher.
Genre: RomanceRomance, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Ah, I so wanted to love this, but was sadly disappointed.
I’d actually BOUGHT Billy and Me. Yep, it wasn’t a review book, wasn’t a KU but one I bought – and I loved it, so when I saw this up for review I was hoping for more of that angsty, heartfelt drama and fabulous characters I found in Billy. Sadly they aren’t here IMO 😦
The whole format is very, very differently written. Amost diarised from mainly Maddiy and Ben. Little from Rob though.
It starts very briefly with almost the end of the story, and then goes right back to the three lead characters age 5.
Then probably the next third to half of the book covers them up to about 16, told in Maddy and Ben’s POV, with other little flashbacks. That didn’t work for me, I don’t want huge chunks of the story to be what they did as kids, even if it is giving me an insight into how they acted as adults.
Even when we do get to them as older kids, 16+, it felt just too repetitive, and it just didn’t work for me. There was so much indescision, second guessing, wondering what if etc.
I think the main issue for me is the whole format wasn’t what I expected, I wanted to read of three adults in a who-will-get-the-girl saga ( yeah – both of them!! I wish …) with maybe some dating with both or something.
I felt what I got was lots of seeing them as kids, a bit of Ben’s hankering after her from a distance as they left school, and we didn’t really hear anything from Rob. That felt odd as he’s such a major character.
I did get so bored I was flipping forward, skim reading especially when it covered them as kids.
Then there’s a short epilogue five years or so on, and 😮 I just felt it didn’t really fit with any of the novel except for the fact all three characters were in it. Odd.
Just not what I want in a romance but as always that’s just me, and I can see there are others that love this story. Horses for courses once more.
If it had been my first read of Joanna’s work I’d have probably never tried a second, but Billy was written so very differently and I loved it so I’m hoping this one is the blip and she’ll write/have written more like Billy….
Stars: Two, just not my kind of read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher
The Theatre, Marsha R. West
Genre: Romance, General Fiction
Sometimes you get a book that’s potentially a great story for others, but just doesn’t resonate for you, and that’s what happened here.
I did finish the story, but it was a bit of a slog. I can’t really put my finger on reasons, there’s nothing obvious, its more a fusion of many tiny issues.
Kelly, talented, gorgeous, barely eats, actress come choreographer is back in her home town for the summer. Everyone knows her and most love her. Her parents are kind of throwing her in the path of Josh, divorced son of their friends.
He’s the local Police Chief, tall, blonde and handsome, and though they don’t start off on the right foot they’re very attracted to each other, and soon sleeping together. Or not sleeping 😉
Both hers and Josh’s father have dementia, Kelly has a stalker, the gays in the theatre have bigoted haters, and that spills over to the theatre itself.
Somehow there seemed lots going on but it felt very stereotyped, very cliched. The good guys were very good, the gay guys were very “gay” and the bad guys stood out clearly.
I didn’t really like the way Kelly faffed about with Josh, didn’t really feel anything towards Josh and overall its a story that just didn’t work for me.
That’s just my opinion though, I can see for others it was perfect, and that’s how it should be, everyone wants something different.
Stars: Two and a half, there were a few parts I enjoyed and I didn’t dislike the book, just didn’t feel pulled into the story as I am when its one I love.
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