It isn't very often that I don't finish a book, and it is even rarer for me to post a review of said book. Even if I'm not loving it, I'm too curious about something that I trudge through just so I can KNOW how it all ends. This story wasn't what it advertised it to be, it contained things I do NOT like, and it brought in a whole new genre mid-novel. Because of this gross misadvertisement and horrible plot I feel the need to warn others.
To get out of a date with a co-worker she's not all that into, Anna Rice lies and says she has plans. But wouldn't you know it? He's at the bar she just walked into! Trying not to panic, she walks up to a handsome stranger and smiles and asks if he could pretend that they were meeting up for a date so she can save face. They hit it off and soon Anna is completely swept off her feet by John Stone. Even though Anna has her head in the clouds and is in total bliss, something doesn't sit right with her best friend Mimi Leblanc. No matter what Mimi says or digs up on him can deter Anna. Determined to protect Anna, Mimi continues her investigations and uncovers a shocking truth about John!
This book was just odd. I can't think of a better word to describe it. There were several things not really working for me in this story, but I kept at it thinking it'd all come together somehow. I reached the 55% mark where it all went completely WEIRDO and I decided I had had enough.
Anna is a weak heroine. She has no ambition, no likes, no personality. She just seems to exist. She is fanciful and a helpless romantic. As I watched her "courtship" with John I got the feeling that something wasn't right. They rushed head first into things, which wasn't so bad, but Anna gave up her identity (which wasn't much because she didn't have much personality to begin with.) Immediately, John commandeers her life and tells her to quit her job, what to do, etc. etc. Asked what she wants and she responds by saying "I want what John wants."
As John is courting Anna, I thought "well, this is a romance story so hopefully we'll get to know John and we'll see how perfect they are for each other. Hopefully we'll see how they truly discover themselves with each other." Nope.
As John takes over Anna's life and is hostile to Mimi when Anna's not looking, I thought "well, okay. Maybe this is a book is about how abusive relationships start and how Anna gets out of it." Nope
**BIG SPOILER. DON'T READ ON IF YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO KNOW.**
At 55% into the book, we learn that John is an alien. Yes, you read that right--ALIEN. He can read minds, doesn't need to sleep, can influence others by kissing them, needs to make babies with a "brood partner" and wants "brood partners," made a mistake in choosing Anna too soon, wants to get busy with Mimi thus making her a "brood partner," has to fix the hole in the ozone to stop his fellow planetarians.
John--Ugh! He is an abusive alien ass. He's not playful, or "Dominant", or into BDSM, or anything else. He's manipulative, controlling, and abusive to the women (as in plural). I did peak at the end to see that he does redeem himself somehow, but I really didn't care to read about it and the complete mess he made of everyone's lives. (Because it all turns into He loves her, who loves that guy, who loves that girl, who loves him.)
Anna--waste of space.
Recommendation: Proceed with caution. This ISN'T a romance story. This is a story of Alien invasion meets Stepford wives. Not what I wanted at all.