Donnerstag, 13. Juli 2017

German Review: Forbidden Love Story - Anna Savas

Titel: Forbidden Love Story - Weil ich dir begegnet bin
Autorin: Anna Savas
Bewertung: 3/5

Danke an NetGalley und den Impress, Carlsen Verlag für das digitale Rezensionsexemplar dieses Buches.
Schon als Vesper dem gut aussehenden Alex zum ersten Mal über den Weg läuft, fühlt sie sich unwiderstehlich zu ihm hingezogen. Seine leuchtend grünen Augen scheinen direkt in ihr Herz zu blicken und sein umwerfendes Lächeln bringt sie dazu, den ganzen Mist um sie herum zu vergessen. Zumindest für einen kurzen Moment – bis Vesper Alex bei einem Abendessen wiedersieht, das ihre Mutter mit ihrem neuen Verlobten und dessen Tochter ausrichtet. Als sich dort herausstellt, wer Alex wirklich ist, wird ihnen klar, dass ihre Liebe niemals sein darf… aber Gefühle lassen sich nichts vorschreiben.

Süß. Das ist das erste Wort, das mir zu diesem Roman einfällt. Ich hatte wegen der Beschreibung eine andere Beziehung vermutet, aber glücklicherweise wurde es dann doch nicht die typische Stiefbruder/Stiefschwester Romanze (ist das schon ein Spoiler?, die derzeit unendliche Begeisterung feiert. Und ja, das Thema ist toll, aber nach einer Weile auch ziemlich fade. Die Autorin hat sich mit ihrem Buch hier also Gedanken gemacht, wie sie den Leser bei der Geschichte behalten kann. Und das ist ihr auch gelungen - zumindest ab beinahe der Hälfte des Buches. Bis dahin hatte ich mich schlichtweg geweigert, es aufzugeben, obwohl ich einige Male wirklich sehr kurz davor stand.

Wie gesagt, es ist wirklich nicht schlecht gemacht. Der Schreibstil ist besser als bei manch anderen deutschen Kollegen, die bereits seit Jahren schreiben. Aber die zufälligen Aufeinandertreffen zu Beginn der Geschichte und die Sache mit Tom... Das war etwas überzogen und in die Länge gespannt. Als ich bei der letzten Seite angekommen bin, habe ich für mich gedacht, dass die Geschichte von Vesper und Alex bereits nach zehn Seiten hätte erzählt sein können. Die meiste Zeit über schmachten sie sich aus sicherer Distanz an und auch wenn es Funken zwischen ihnen gibt, das ist alles, was da ist. Bereits nach kürzester Zeit beschließt Vesper, dass eine Beziehung zwischen ihnen überhaupt nicht in Frage kommt. Und ja, das ist logisch, aber zu diesem Zeitpunkt kannten sich die beiden praktisch noch gar nicht. Deshalb hat das Buch erst ab der Hälfte angefangen, mir zu gefallen. Ab dann ist die Geschichte glaubwürdiger und nimmt an Tiefe zu.

Auf Vesper prasselt ziemlich viel ein. Viele Veränderungen stehen an. Da war es äußerst erfrischend über ein toughes Mädchen wie sie zu lesen, die ihren Eltern die Stirn bietet. Natürlich hat auch sie ihre sturen Momente, in denen sie in ihr Zimmer verschwindet und hofft, ihr Vater würde durch die Tür stürmen und sie in den Arm nehmen, aber ich finde es gut, dass sie ihre Meinung ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste geäußert hat. "Ein unbeliebtes Haustier", ja, das bringt es ziemlich auf den Punkt. Ich fand es überhaupt nicht schön, wie ihre Eltern sie behandelt haben, aber dafür, ist die Bindung zu ihrem Bruder umso stärker.

Ich werde aussprechen, was sich sicherlich jeder Leser gedacht hat: Wir brauchen mehr von Paul! Paul ist der beste Freund von Alex und der neue Schwarm von Vespers bester Freundin Toni. Und oh my, wir lesen nicht viel von ihm, und wenn, dann nur von Tonis verträumten Berichten über ihn, aber er wirkte so unglaublich knuffig, dass ich am liebsten eine Geschichte über ihn und Toni lesen würde. Obwohl mir Toni irgendwie zu hibbelig, aufgedreht und mädchenhaft war - eben alles, was Vesper nicht war. Was es mit ihrer Eisprinzessin-Sache auf sich hatte, habe ich selbst dann nicht verstanden, als sie sich dazu entschied, sie abzulegen. Die Scheidung ihrer Eltern schien für alles die Entschuldigung zu sein. Aber vielleicht ist das so, wenn sich die Eltern trennen und man ein Teenager ist.

Möglicherweise habe ich zu wenig gute Punkte genannt, aber nochmals: So schlecht fand ich das Buch gar nicht. Die Geschichte hatte Potential und wäre das Tempo vielleicht etwas angezogen worden, hätte sich schneller etwas zwischen Alex und Vesper entwickelt, hätten die beiden einfach miteinander gesprochen, statt sich über sehr, sehr, sehr viele Seiten anzuschweigen, hätte mir Forbidden Love Story möglicherweise besser gefallen.

Sonntag, 9. Juli 2017

Falling For Forever (Before Forever #02) - Melissa Chambers

Title: Falling For Forever (Before Forever #02)
Author: Melissa Chambers
Rating: 3/5

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before its official release date.
The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt...no matter how cute he is in those glasses.

Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though...no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.

I wasn't able to read this one before the official publication date. Probably, because when I requested it, I wasn't sure whether I had made the right decision or not. I read the first book in the series called The Summer Before Forever and I absolutely loved it. Jenna's story, I wasn't interested in much, but I still wanted to give it a go since I adored Melissa Chambers writing style and her sweet teen story.

Unfortunately, the predictable happened - I didn't like Falling For Forever nearly as much as the prequel. Maybe I'm not being fair, since I just happen to always dislike stories about 'famous' people and while Jenna's path is mainly going backwards instead of aiming for Hollywood fame, I still struggled. And the teenage drama clique including a mean girl called Bianca didn't make it any better. Also the music competition itself didn't appeal to me, but that's all on me. I enjoyed reading about Jenna and Miles partnership on the song writing lessons, though. I wish we would have read about a song they wrote together. We all would have swooned.

Jenna isn't the typical shy teenage girl you read about in most YA reads. She's more like the opposite without being a rebel or a meanie. She's very unique and always speaks her mind, doesn't let anybody get her down. I think that's an improvement to the other girls we read about that want to become famous. They're not very confident and giving them self confidence is their whole path in a book. With Jenna there were other motives. Her story wasn't about overcoming fears or insecurities. It was deeper than that and Miles balanced it out with his problems that weren't real problems to me. But he's a cutie anyway, so I forgive him. He's no Landon, but well... Who is?!

I think the author did a good job with not answering a certain question by the end of the book. The story might have been ruined if she had. On the other hand, I'm curious to find out and will most likely think about a good solution for me.

To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of Jenna's friends at her new school - especially Nicolette. You'll know why I disliked her when you get to that point of the story. Greta might be the exception, because Jenna and her bonded very well in a scene and I liked that. And then Shane... Gosh, can he please grow a pair? By the end of the book, I got the feeling he got more confident, but I think as soon as Bianca will come running towards him, he'll cave in and be the big stupid puppy he always was. I mean, he isn't that bad. There were good sides, too. In some scenes, he was a very good friend to Jenna and then he finally treated Miles like he wasn't his worst enemy anymore either. Let's work with that.

My heart was bleeding for Jenna during the toughest part of the story. She's such a strong character, I don't know how the author managed to give her such strength and make it seem believable. I didn't even ever question her strength, like I never thought it was an act. She had to grow up fast at a young age and I felt so damn sorry for her. I was glad she could still count on her father.

Alright, so... Again, I didn't like Falling For Forever as much as The Summer Before Forever. I will cherish that one until the end of time, but I liked diving back into this world - also reading about Chloe and Landon again. If you've read the first book in this series, I think you should also read this one. And if you happen to be have a weak spot for teen reads that include music, this one's it for you.

Freitag, 7. Juli 2017

German Review: Feel Again (Again #03) - Mona Kasten

Titel: Feel Again (Again #03)
Autor: Mona Kasten
Bewertung: 4.5/5

Danke an NetGalley, Bastei Lübbe und LYX für das digitale Rezensionsexemplar dieses Buches.
Unter normalen Umständen würde Sawyer einen Typ wie Isaac keines zweiten Blickes würdigen. Er ist zu nett, zu höflich, zu schüchtern – und damit das genaue Gegenteil von ihrem üblichen Beuteschema. Doch als sie mitbekommt, wie sich ein paar Mädchen über ihn lustig machen, kann sie nicht tatenlos zusehen. Kurzerhand tut sie so, als wäre sie sein Date, und küsst ihn leidenschaftlich. Isaac, der ziemlich überrumpelt ist, bittet sie daraufhin um Hilfe: Er will dringend seinen Ruf als Nerd loswerden. Die beiden schließen einen Deal: Sawyer macht aus Isaac einen Bad Boy und darf dafür seine Entwicklung als Fotoprojekt für ihr Studium festhalten. Doch aus dem Deal wird schnell mehr…

Das krönende Finale der Again-Reihe. Das Grand Finale oder auch ausgedrückt: Der absolut tollste Abschluss einer Bücherreihe überhaupt!

Ich habe... 1) Feel Again am schnellsten beendet, 2) niemals gedacht, dass Sawyer mir so sehr ans Herz wachsen könnte und auch 3) niemals erwartet, dass Isaac Spencer seinen Thron als Book-Boyfriend streitig macht. Im Grunde hat mich dieser Teil mehr als einfach nur überrascht. Das Buch war all das, was ich nicht erwartet hatte. Als ich Begin Again gelesen hatte, habe ich Sawyer so tief verachtet, dass es mir im Traum nicht eingefallen wäre, über ihre Sicht der Dinge lesen zu wollen. Mona Kasten hat es dann mit Trust Again geschafft, mich neugierig auf Sawyers Geschichte zu machen, denn in dem zweiten Teil der Reihe ist sie weitaus menschlicher als noch im ersten Band. Und damn! Ich konnte das Buch (oder mein Handy, da ich es als eBook gelesen habe) gar nicht mehr aus der Hand legen und war überaus verärgert, als mein Akku nicht mehr mitmachen wollte.

Es ist erstaunlich, wie viel Talent Mona Kasten in ihren jungen Jahren aufweisen kann. Es wäre gelogen, wenn ich behaupten würde, ich wäre nicht neidisch. Die Frau ist kaum älter als ich und haut in die Tasten, als wäre es nichts. Und was dabei rumkommt ist einfach unbeschreiblich schön. Außerdem erstaunt es mich, wie ungleich ihre Charaktere alle sind. Mit Reihen ist es häufig so, dass mindestens zwei Charaktere eine ähnliche Vorgeschichte haben. Bei der Again-Reihe ist kein Protagonist wie der andere - weder ihre familiären Backgrounds überlappen sich, noch liest man von denselben Eigenschaft immer und immer wieder. Jedes Buch ist anders und spannend auf eine eigene Art. Ich fand es äußerst toll mitzuerleben, wie sich die Autorin mit jedem Buch gesteigert hat. Den künstlerischen Prozess konnte man deutlichen spüren.

Und dann diese ganzen Nerd-Anekdoten. Oh, ich liebe sie. Besonders den Relaxo-Sessel! Den muss ich mir unbedingt zulegen. Alleine die Idee, solche Kleinigkeiten, die den Nerd-Lesern das Herz erwärmen, ist klasse. Nerds sind sowieso viel zu unterbewertet in den ganzen New Adult Romanen, die sich derzeit im Freien tummeln. Dabei sind sie so eine tolle Abwechslung zu dem typischen Bad Boy. Und wenn sie dann noch ein so perfektes Gegenstück wie Sawyer bekommen, von der man wirklich niemals denkt, dass sie und ein Nerd irgendetwas gemein haben könnten, wird es umso besser. Des Weiteren muss ich sagen, dass mir Isaacs süße Art, wie er mit seiner Familie umgeht und über sie spricht, sehr gefallen hat. Wo wir bei Abwechslungen sind, war das im Gegensatz zu den zerstrittenen Familien, die sich hassen oder den Eltern, die ihren Kindern alles verbieten und somit von sich stoßen, eine willkommen Erfrischung. Auch wenn es dort natürlich ebenfalls zu genüge Probleme gibt.

Ebenfalls glücklich war ich über die Begeisterung, die die Autorin beim Schreiben von den Fotografie-Szenen von Sawyer eingebracht hat. Ich konnte mir dieses Mädchen wahrlich vorstellen, wie sie gebannt vor einem Motiv sitzt, die Kamera in der Hand und auf den perfekten Moment zum Abdrücken wartet. In vielen Büchern spürt man die Begeisterung der Charaktere für ihre Hobbies nicht derart deutlich, was traurig ist, Feel Again dadurch aber noch mehr von ihnen hervor hebt.

Ich möchte gar nicht zu viel verraten, aber jeder der derzeit Begin Again liest und denkt, er würde Sawyer bis in alle Ewigkeit hassen, der sollte unbedingt zu Band 2 und 3 greifen und sich eines besseren belehren lassen. Zwischendurch leidet man sogar richtig mit Sawyer mit, wenn es um ihre Schwester und Sawyers Gefühle geht. Es ist es wert!
Darleens Playlist für Feel Again: (möglicherweise werden weitere Titel hinzugefügt)
The Summer Set - Don't Let Me Go
The Pretty Reckless - My Heart
Charlie Simpson - Parachutes
Olivver The Kid - 4AM
La Bouquet - Loveless
Dia Frampton - Crave

Dienstag, 4. Juli 2017

Tied Up In You (All Laced Up #02) - Erin Fletcher

Title: Tied Up In You (All Laced Up #02)
Author: Erin Fletcher
Rating: 3/5

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for letting me receive a digital copy of this book.
Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “ accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her...or wanting to kiss her again.

Problem is, things have been a little...awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures—and the ridiculous schedules that come with them—are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will.

As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina.

This has got to be one of the sweetest stories ever. I saw so much potential and was left hanging when the story didn't turn out the way I wanted it to be and appeared to be more ordinary than I originally hoped. On the other hand, that's the good thing about Entangled Crush publishing - the authors never take a risk of creating adventurous scenes. It's always very light and sweet. So, chances are likely you'll find yourself swooning over a very charming guy and wanting to be the female's best friend.

I found it refreshing that the characters' miscommunication didn't last through the whole book. That would have been very annoying. But since the two are best friends, I think it's easier for them to get over things and talk about them. That's also something I liked. While there weren't exactly flashbacks, you could still read about the past time Jackson and Malina spend together - how they became best friends and what connects them. I liked their friendship very much and the first chapters were my favorites, by far. I'm usually very picky when it comes to friends-to-lovers kind of novels, but if it's as sweet as this one, then I'm all in.

And... The characters were smart. I was super impressed by Malina's project and her dreams. Though the novel focuses on the romance between Jackson and Malina, they still had other problems to deal with. Sometimes, I want to read more about these problems, but if so, then these reads are heavier, more mature. I'm glad the author wrote about Malina and Jackson's problems the way she did. They didn't outweight the story, it wouldn't have been right for the story. But the characters didn't have it easy, and I think that's important, because otherwise it would have been too light and too dreamy.

Hockey isn't something I read about every day and unfortunately, most YA novels are about football players or even soccer players now. Hardly any novel is about ice hockey players or baseball players. That's why I was glad to find that sport in Tied Up In You. True, there aren't many sport scenes in there, but you still got a glimpse of how hard it is to become a professional in this sport. It's Jackson's passion and he goes for it. Same with Malina and her astrophysics project and her dream of studying exactly that, although it takes her a bit more time to figure that out.

I've got a question: What's up with the grandmas? I can't even say why I dislike the ever returning grandmothers that are the only understanding adults in the books, but I do. I always want to skip these parts of the story. Why not an understanding parent? Why not an understanding sibling? Why is always the grandmother? They can be mean, too, you know?! But somehow, they never are. I think that's odd. I mean, good for the characters, but I wish some more people had faith in them but their own grandmothers. Doesn't matter how adorable Tutu is in Tied Up In You.

Any fan of a light romance that can be read within a few hours, should give this one a chance.

Freitag, 30. Juni 2017

A Promise Ignited - Anissa Garcia

Title: A Promise Ignited
Author: Anissa Garcia
Rating: 3/5

Thanks to NetGalley and AG Romance Reads LLC for letting me receive a digital copy of this book.
Jaime Caldwell had the perfect life with her husband and son. Or so she thought. Over time, the stress of everyday life put a strain on her perfect marriage. The intimacy she once had with her husband is long gone—an intimacy she craves.

What she doesn’t expect, is for that craving to be reignited by an unexpected gentleman with an easy going smile. His flirtatious words fuel her, making her feel wanted, and lighting the passion within her.

But not everything is as it seems...
In the light of a new day, Jaime hopes she can use that passion to reignite her marriage.

Maybe I should read more novellas. At least with them, the story's never dragged or forced. Instead, the author focused on a short plot, on important conversations and the right words. Also, novellas are perfect if you're not in the mood or a phase to read a full length novel. That way, you can think to yourself, 'Yay, I finished a book' without it actually being a big one.

Anyway... I figured out how A Promise Ignited would end right away. I couldn't picture it any other way, so I wasn't surprised when I read the last few pages. But still... This novella was really good! As mentioned before, Anissa Garcia focused on the important issue with this one - no unnecessary friends that make an appearance, no angry parents at a Christmas dinner - it was all about Jaime and how unhappy she feels in her marriage. I immediately felt sorry for her and it was refreshing to read about marriage problems instead of the good old strangers-to-lovers romances or the new-neighbour-and-he-is-hot thing (we had that in A Promise Kept already). Also, there is a son involved, which makes things a lot more complicated and complex. Why doesn't she just divorce Dean? Well, that's a good question, but I think while reading her point of view, you'll understand why. Anissa Garcia describes Jaime's love for her husband sweetly.

Then there's a time hop and Jaime meets someone in a bar. Though she feels terrible, she puts all thoughts of the consequences aside and decides to go after him. And whew! Those scenes were really hot. Without them being cheap, which is important. There's a thin line between a romance novel (or novella) and a porn. This novella isn't the second option, it's just very sexy. You couldn't even feel bad about what Jaime was doing, because you could feel the passion while reading those sexy scenes. Of course, there was a tiny voice in the back of your head nagging at you that what she was doing was wrong, but then you'd read on and on and you just wouldn't care.

This novella can be read in less than an hour, so if you have got some spare time, I suggest you read it. Especially if you have read A Promise Kept or A Promise Made. I think it's the perfect addition to the series.

Samstag, 17. Juni 2017

My Roommate's Girl - Julianna Keyes

Title: My Roommate's Girl
Author: Julianna Keyes
Rating: 2.5/5

Thanks to NetGalley and Weapenry Co-Op for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before it official release date.
The day a judge gave me the choice between going to prison or going to college was the day I vowed to stop stealing. Never again would I see something beautiful and beyond my means and take it, just because I wanted it. Just because I could.

When I moved in with Jerry, it was with good intentions. I needed a place to live while I got my degree, and he needed a roommate.

Then I saw Aster.

Blond and beautiful, good, pure, sweet, smart…and Jerry’s girlfriend. She was everything I never thought I could have. Except…maybe I can.

So I put a plan into action. Yeah, I’d probably go to hell, but it would be worth it. I wanted Aster. I wanted her yesterday and tomorrow and every possible way.

But you know what they say.

Be careful what you wish for…because you just might get it.

I tried. I really did. But no matter how many pages I read and told myself to enjoy the story, I didn't feel the connection. These days, I seem to like those college romances that include falling in love with a roommate. And while this book started out okay and kept me reading further, I fastly came to the conclusion that the plot was rushed. The title doesn't match the story for about 85% of the book. After these first 15% the characters dealt with problems that us readers didn't know about. These problems came out of the blue. Aster turned out to be everything I didn't expect, like she changed within the blink of an eye. Of course, you can say it's because we got to know her better, but the change didn't appeal to me. I liked her better before, even though she was described as that typical innocent college girl most readers are tired of by now. But it seemed fitting for her. Until the author decided it didn't.

So, My Roommate's Girl isn't even about getting the girl, as I hoped, because I like a little forth-and-back before the characters realize they're actually in love with each other. I didn't spot a real motive behind the story to keep going further. As I said, suddenly Aster and Aidan had problems no one even thought of and that's what kept the story alive. But I didn't like reading about either of their problems and to be honest, I couldn't even stand the two of them most of the time. Aidan did a terrible thing in the beginning, just to get in Aster's pants and Aster... Just no. It's like what draws these two together is lust. And lust only. And maybe the common history, but that shouldn't be reason to fall in love. And I didn't get the impression that they did fall in love.

I can't imagine any guy being like Jerry. Well, except for the cheating part, maybe. Jerry is Aster's boyfriend, the one Aidan wants to steal Aster from. And his roommate. It's hard picturing him as something else than a nerd and a hopeless romantic, a true soul, too, maybe. But then he goes out with Aidan and his friends and his morals fly overboard. I didn't know who I wanted to slap afterwards, Jerry or Aidan. Probably both. To me, this part was rushed like mad and was the easy way for the author to find a way to end things between Jerry and Aster. As if cheating is the only thing that might make a couple break up. Also, it was the only mistake in their relationship and of course, something as major as this will end with them breaking up, but Aidan didn't even get to see other bad parts of his roommate's relationship. They didn't exist.

This review is going to be one of my shortest ones. That's simply because I can't find anything else to mention. My Roommate's Girl wasn't the worst book I read, but I expected something different, something more emotional maybe, because Aidan and Aster sure as hell were flat as paper. I read another book written by the author a year ago, called Undecided and remember liking that one much better.

Montag, 5. Juni 2017

Into Your Arms (Squad Stories #01) - Chelsea M. Cameron

Title: Into Your Arms (Squad Stories #01)
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Rating: 3 - 3.5/5

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before its official release date.
Freya has secrets she doesn’t intend to share. Not with her new friends on the cheerleading squad at Maine State University, and certainly not with sexy lumberjack-look-alike Rhett. Just because sparks flew between them at a bar one night doesn’t mean he gets to know why she transferred to MSU. When Freya dares Rhett to come to cheerleading practice, she never expects to see the dark-haired lumberjack again.

Except Rhett is the last person to turn down a dare, especially when it comes from a pixie-sized blonde. When Rhett wows the squad and becomes Freya’s stunt partner, his hands come far too close for comfort. But as Freya and Rhett’s hot post-practice sessions bring them closer, she risks her secrets being revealed. Can Freya chance exposing who she really is to the guy who wasn’t supposed to win her heart?

I read a book written by Chelsea M. Cameron a few years ago and always wanted to read another one, because I really like her style, but never had the chance to. When I saw this title up on NetGalley, I finally decided now was the time to read a second book by the author. And while I didn't enjoy it as much as My Favourite Mistake, I still liked it.

It's refreshing to read about a cheerleader who's not a total bitch. Chelsea M. Cameron said so herself, so I can say it out loud too. And also, I liked the idea of a 'popular' guy joining the squad. Of course, his motives weren't the best ones, he was only after Freya, but Rhett's still a good guy, you can see that the further you read. He's a sweetheart. And Freya wasn't... So naturally, I liked him better than her.

I didn't like the way the two of them met, to be honest. In a bar. That's so chliché, but hey, the have to meet somehow, right? So I'm not judging here. Or not too hard, anyway. And then later I was just mad at Freya for being... Well, her. It's not the first time I'm reading about a girl character with trust issues and I totally see her point, but Rhett's literally being the best version of himself and she takes it all for granted. What kind of guy would keep up with that? Well, Rhett... Because he's such a good guy. Totally underrated in my opinion anyway. You'd think his name is an unusual one and he liked to go out with his best mate, but he's still super duper cute and hasn't got a single bad bone in his body. While Freya's basically built of bad bones. Gah. Obvious much that I didn't like her?! Sure, there have been worse characters than her and she needs to be the way she was in order for their story to work, but still... My complaining about this is just proof of how much that book actually got under my skin.

So, why the low rating? I don't even think it's that low. Compared to the other Chelsea M. Cameron book I have read, it didn't meet up my expectations. So, that's one reason. Freya is obviously reason number two (and three and four...). And I think that's about it. Everything else was... Sweet. It didn't sweep me off my feet, but I never wanted to quit on Into Your Arms or throw it aside and start another book. I was looking forward to reading about the change in Freya and about how she'd finally come to her senses. And... Before I forget it. I totally enjoyed reading about Mia. In my opinion, she isn't mentioned often enough. She's Freya's best friend and doesn't live in Maine, but I could tell I'd love her. And her parents, too. Can we get a story about her too, please?

Sure enough, I'm gonna read book two in this series, as well, although I don't think I'll like any of the female leads and Rhett can't be topped.