I give this book two (reluctant) stars. It’s not you, it’s me, maybe? I’m not sure. It could be you.
For the first 20% of the novel, I was basically furious. Holder is maybe my least favorite male hero of all time. (Unpopular opinion time:) I believe him to be a more toxic leading man than Travis Maddox. His predatory behavior is repulsive. The author writes him in a way that it’s like she expects the audience to somehow swoon just because he’s hot. Litchick explained all of the revolting issues with this incredibly succinctly in her review and I encourage you to give it a read because I won’t be going into a ton of detail here.
I understand that some people believe that Holder has reasons for acting the way he does, but in my opinion, there are no reasons good enough to justify the way he behaves. Furthermore, I think it’s a dangerous example for young women to read and encourages toxic relationships.
At the 21% mark all the way up until 60% I thought I was going to have to eat a little bit of crow and write in my review that this book wasn’t that bad. That I hated Holder because I have been in a relationship with someone like him (passionate, possessive, with a temper, and who thinks everything is beeeauuuutiffffuuuullll and meeeannnnssss somethingggg), but overall the book was entertaining and I understood why people liked it.
Nope. I DO NOT FEEL THIS WAY.
The last 20% of the book ruined everything. Not only is the book insanely emotionally manipulative (how many horrific things do I have to read about?), but Sky suffers from what I like to call “logic block.” Her decision making process suddenly becomes horrible and she turns into a raging idiot. I guess I’m supposed to excuse it because of all of her trauma, but the traumatic events were so so so many, that I started getting pissed at the author for trying so hard to draw a reaction from me and stopped caring.
I’m not going to go into traumatic events 1-47 because spoilers, but there were SOOOO many. But seriously, trigger alert. If you have any triggers, don’t read this. It’s probably in here.
Additionally, Holder and Sky became so over the top dramatic and juvenile that I just couldn’t deal. The gushy parts (romantic scenes?) of this book read like they were written by Abbi Glines.
I don’t know if I’ve just read so many NA books this year that I’m over the crazytown, but the majority of this book rubbed me the wrong way. Even the parts that I found entertaining, I also found annoying. Their souls merging? Commmmeeee onnnnn.
If I’m being completely honest, I should probably rate this 1 star, but that little bit in the middle where I thought I might not hate it earns a second.
P.S. What was the point of Six? Why was this character written into the story and then sent to Italy?
P.S.S. What the frack do these characters even look like?