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I really enjoyed this book. It never dragged and I enjoyed the narrator. The love scenes were vivid but not tacky and there was an actual story line that had twists and turns.
This is for sure worth the $$ or the credit.
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Two stars for the book and the narrator gets a lump of coal. Watson Heinz is not the narrator, but Katie [unintelligible] is named at the start of the book.
With the exception of a few poignant, very nicely executed scenes between Delia and her estranged father, the book's are-you-serious factor is off the charts. I can run with a fantasy as well as anyone, but I need a little more believability and cohesiveness than I found here. There are omniscient stone statues who can walk and talk and have sex. There's a good witch and a creepy, evil, zombie-like witch.
I guess I could have gone with those things (IF the narrator hadn't sounded like Miss Margaret reading to pre-schoolers) if the romance weren't an 80s style throwback. And here's where the book ultimately failed for me. Grant is an unwelcome blast from the past: the wealthy, smug, patronizing savior. Grant decides he'll marry Delia even though he believes that she is a thief and a lunatic. Why? Because she's adorable, the sex is hot, and she needs a big alpha man to take care of her feisty, ditzy self. This Big Mis dragged on far too long, right up to the end with a predictable magical fix
Stevens has no small degree of talent. She writes evocative, sexy love scenes. POV passages from Delia (who is not the ditz everyone believes she is) are strong and the very best of the book. What brought it down for me is the choppy editing, mishmash factor, and the unheroic hero.
The narrator's delivery is bizarre. Odd pauses, as if she just turned the page and was surprised to find more words there. The pre-school teacher tone which, by the way, SO does not work when reading sex scenes. And did I mention emo overacting?
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