You say you’re in the mood for a romance roller-coaster, do you? Well THIS. IS. IT! And I shouldn’t have expected anything less from this author. She rocked my world twist-wise (and while I’m at it, romance-wise), with her fabulous Sex Love Repeat, and she totallllllly did it again with this one. Two AWESOME standalones, that have nothing to do with each other, but are so clever and intense, and crazy and somewhat emotionally scary with the CRAZIEST twists that make you go whaaaaaaa!!?? NO. WAY!!!! Yep!!! They both have that “feel” that is… just right. Or is it Alessandra’s writing that has a “feel”? Either way, I LOVE that!
Now I’m just going to say… go in BLIND with this one, please!!! If you’re in the mood for a crazy, twisty romance story, then don’t even bother reading the rest of this review (for now). I gave it 4.5 stars (leaning on 5 stars), so just know that I loved it, so many fellow readers loved it, and it has a few *gasp-worthy* twists that most don’t even see coming. I don’t spoil anything below, but still…. just in case my review *sparks* creative “guesses” before you get it… don’t read anything below!
Okay now for those of you that have read it, or want to know more?
This is a fantastic story, with fantastic writing, and characters you feel like you really know (but aren’t sure you like yet…).
Considering that start? I was already hating on a certain character. Couldn’t believe what I was reading, (the &%$#@!!!!) but I was SO IN!
That’s right. Turn and walk your pretty self away from this man. He will no longer touch your face. He will no longer make love to your body. He is mine. I will take your place.
Ooooooh… what the…? WHOA. Right??!
THAT is a hint at the feel of this story. Just a hint thought, ’cause it goes SO much deeper than that.
Dialogue (internal and external) all of that. Perfect. Nothing too over-the-top, even though it had that lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous soap-feel, but in perfect accordance to our reading tastes, you know? At times a bit “much”, but perfectly suited to where this story is going.
Maryse: Ooooooh funnnnn!! —> Black Lies, and I know I haven’t hit the part that has y’all freaking out so hard, but I’m almost there, and she’s just so BAD!!!! LOL!! *rubs hands together in anticipation* What am I in for!?? WAIT!!! WAIT!!! Don’t tell me. I love surprises.
Natasha: Best book ever, darling. You’re going to flip when you reach THE point in the story.
Claudia: Black lies…….WOW! Hurry and finish. Cant wait for your review.
Bethany: I’m at 50%. This chick is something else!
Rebecka: Mind F@(k Freaking Fabulous!!
Melannie: Ahhhhhh good luck!
Bethany Lopez I just finished a little bit ago. You are in for a wild ride!!!
Yafit: On the edge of my seat for you! Enjoy!
Catherine: Squeeeee!!!! That book had me panting in anticipation!!!
Emma: I read this one from 1:00am- till dawn… OMG… Good
Rachel: Just finished! It is so good.
Maryse: Oh yesss I think I have an idea now!!!!!!! GAH! Imagine!??
Karen: I loved this one! what a ride!!
Nadja: I’m at 82%. The start was a bit slow for me. But now i can’t put it down! Love it ♡
Abby: Oh I am 35% in, I think I guessed it and I’m so curious if I’m right.
Summer: I read the sample and it didn’t really pull me in but maybe I should just give it a try. Hmmm
Chrissy: I started last night!!!
Yvette: Omg!!! I loved this one!! Wait for it…… can’t wait to read your thoughts!!!!!!
Renate: OMGOMGOMGOMG……how did I not see this coming????
Maryse: *oooooooof!!!!* FINISHED!! I was right, and that was WAY COOL!!! Review coming tonight…
Michelle: Just started this one today. You guys are making me nervous!
Amanda: I finished last night!! I was mind blown!!!!!!
And boy does it go crazy! No worries, it ALL makes sense eventually. But… I can’t tell you anything about it. That convoluted blurb? It’s like that for a reason. It wants you to go in blind, get strapped in, and scream in angsty delight (frustrated as you envision all sorts of “things”) as it takes you on a wild ride. At times you’ll be like… UGH!!! What is her problem!!??? Why is she so *&^%$#@?!!! How… what? WHY!???
Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what love entails.
I love two men. I f*@k two men.
If you think you’ve heard this story before, you haven’t.
Eeeeep!! Right? ‘Cause what the heck could that mean?
And at times you’ll be all…. UGH!!! What is his problem!!??? Why is he so *&^%$#@?!!! How… what? WHY!???
It didn’t make sense. He was too perfect. How was I the first woman to tie him down.
“He is not built for a relationship, does not have time for you. I’m coming here, woman to woman, to ask you to stay away.”
And that’s it. No more from me.
Okay a little more. I’ll give you a hint. Pure PURE sweet romance, love triangle (but of course, considering how she says she er… f@#ks two men ), deviousness, and innocence. Bad guys or good guys? Selfish, or altruistic? Erm…. I guess you just have to read it to find out. No worries, it may be crazy, but it sure is fun!
- Writing? Fabulous!
- Heroine? Being in her head? I had the perfect love/hate relationship with her! I was appalled. And yet, I felt as if I was her.
- Storyline? Allowed to progress naturally… coming in and out of scenes, or perspectives? I forgot I was reading it… instead I was living it!
- Romance? BIG! And at times, heart-hurty.
- The twist? GASPWORTHY!!! And made the romance that much better when I reflected back on… er… stuff.
4.5 stars!!! <— “WHAT what whaaaaaaat!!??” I’m hearing some of you exclaim. I know… so many have given it 5 stars, and will be blown away ’cause… you know… it is pretty much… 5 stars. I’ll never forget it, that’s for sure.
But due to:
- a *slight* distance in the romance part of it (I was feeling it, but it took awhile to REALLY feel it, you know what I mean?) and
- except for the fact that I was even more blown away by Sex Love Repeat‘s twist (’cause I was totally blind-sided by it, and I guessed this one earlier than I should have…
- and for the fact that while it was *almost* a straight-shot-read for me, but I was able to put it down a few times…
…I simply can’t give this one a higher rating than her other one. And I acknowledge that maybe it’s only my issue. Like guessing early, or not being as shocked as some were, that is. (P.S. there are a few twists so don’t get carried away with the “knowing”. It is surprising! And once the secrets are revealed, you still have NO idea how it’ll end…), but I can say it is ON the same level without a doubt.
Maybe… I was hoping for “guessing the twist”, thinking I was right, and then being blown away by being totally wrong. You know? I know… I’m asking for too much aren’t I?
Especially considering how awesomely this one played out.
I was a stupid, self-assuming girl. Sitting at that table? Smug in my confidence of ownership? I’d never been so wrong. I didn’t have him. I only owned half of him. The other half? It was living a life I knew nothing about.