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This tale of Jared and Isabella is formulaic from the plot to the execution, including dialogue and descriptors. Two hours into the story, and I was ready to call it quits. Unfortunately, I had 4 more hours to go. Finally, I gave up and fast-forwarded through the last 2 hours of the story.
I didn’t understand source of Jared’s intense attraction to Isabella. Lust, yes, but Jared’s level of intensity towards and struggle with wanting Isabella, no. it was immediate and intense, almost uncontrollable. At the same time, he was angry with her. Yet she was magically a source of calm, able to soothe him like nothing and no one else. It made no sense. But it flowed with the sappiness and unbelievable statements made very quickly by Jared to Isabella. He took adoration to a frightening level. It made me sick on my stomach. Fortunately, they didn’t immediately jump into bed.
Also, Isabella got over her ideal with more ease than would be expected. She was forced to have her virginity ransomed to the highest bidder, but it didn’t deter the 18-year-old from quickly wanting to be sexual with Jared. Jared’s sister, Brie, wanted Isabella to ”save” Jared, and Isabella, at 18, had no problem with it. She was drawn to his “brokenness” even with her own messed up life.
The narrators didn’t help my experience with this story. Isabella and Jared only had an accent with the male narrator. Using 2 narrators and having both portray the same characters made listening confusing at times; that’s a downside of using 2 narrators toggling between the same characters.