Faster, Deana Birch
Genre: Romance, women’s fiction
Well, usual pet hate- Women’s fiction – why? Why not general fiction – men read romance too!
Ok, now to the book. I love rock/film star romances, they have such a wealth of emotion done well, so I was looking forward to this. It has all the elements, lots of smaller sub plots, potentially interesting characters and a possibility of some real fireworks from Jake’s past reveled by the lead singer who isn’t happy to lose his wing-man.
Somehow though the story failed to grip me, Louana’s ex issues seem to be only hinted at, no great revelations there and…she’s still friends with him, the messages and drunken texts were only a couple of pages of the story and the Jake/Louana romance seemed to go from a quick bit of flirting to full on to Jake asking to move in over an incredibly short time. It didn’t feel real for me, the romance wasn’t there, the lust was but romance didn’t really seem possible just yet between them IMO. At least I wasn’t feeling it. The fireworks I was waiting for came as a bit of a fizzle rather than a grand explosion and again not until almost the end of the novel.
When I reached the end I felt flat…it didn’t feel properly ended. I was tapping my kindle convinced there must be more 😉
I’ve been trying to find out if this was a stand alone or maybe a duet or trilogy as there are so many great plots opened but not really finished, and the ending just felt rushed and unfinished
There were some great characters here, I loved Fern and Archie, I want to be her when I’m older! Apart from those though we didn’t really get to know many of them them that well. Add on that the plots were kind of muted, given my expectations from the description, they felt just started not full on finished, and I’m convinced there must be more to come. If not I’m going to be very disappointed 😦
It seems to be Deanna’s debut novel and there’s clearly a quality of writing here, but pacing and plotting needs more work for me to enjoy.
Stars: I’m rating this a three star read, good but could be better, but if it is a two or three part story than that would be a four, its kind of hard to rate when I don’t know if the story is finished or not.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and Publishers