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Way too long
on 18 August 2013
This was my first time I had read a Ms Aleo book. I usually love the US sports genre but really struggled with this.
The story line was pretty simple but to pad it out to 576 (printed) pages was ridiculous. This was a 250ish pager at best. I hate abandoning a half finished read but was seriously contemplating it this time as the percentages crept up.
I found Fallon the most irritating character possible, with her constant 180 degree emotional turns. I felt like "yelling" at her just to make her mind up. All her yelling also wound me up. A mature businesswoman is meant to constantly, and mercurially, switch into undisciplined 5 year old mode in any and all situations?
What was odd about the over long story was that it suddenly stopped. I know hockey was only the framework for the story (and I can't believe any top team would virtually let their players treat the gap between the end of season and the play-offs like a holiday) but wasn't there a Stanley Cup at stake in there somewhere?