- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2211 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Publisher: Saunders Ink (1 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HMQJQOQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #680,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top customer reviews
This book was just plain bizarre.
It's 220 pages on my Kindle, so not a short story, and yet everything happens so quickly.
Brad, the main character, signs up for online dating and immediately finds two gays, Richard and Sean, who both seem to want him, even though one has only just met him and the other is an old classmate who is engaged to a woman.
There is a murder, trial, sentencing and over-turn of the sentence in the space of about fifty pages (usually an entire novel would be taken up with this process).
Brad falls in love with Sean far too quickly, then falls out of love just as fast; he realises he loves Richard the moment that Richard becomes 'unavailable' (by getting shot and hospitalised on life-support), and Richard then makes a miraculous recovery within the space of about twenty pages.
Then, the online dating, which hasn't been mentioned since about page twenty, is suddenly sprung upon the reader again in the form of 'Mike', a man previously of interest to Brad who is dismissed because he appears older than his profile picture indicates.
I think the re-appearance of Mike and the online dating factor was supposed to create some sort of 'conflict' in order to put the HEA in jeopardy; but the 'conflict' is resolved within about three lines, and the HEA is still in jeopardy, even on the last page, because Brad is such an unlikeable, flighty bloke, who seems to change his mind at he drop of a hat.
On top of all this, the pace of the book moves along far too quickly; the main character isn't all that likeable; the plot tries to contain far too much within too few pages, and everything ends up feeling rushed.
Generally, I just didn't like this book.
It could do with some massive revisions to extend and focus the plot in certain places, and eliminate elements which are completely irrelevant.
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