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- Print Length: 358 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AOSEF9A
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,393 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Painted Faces Kindle Edition
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Note: I downloaded this as a free book and didn't notice it was categorised as BDSM until now...that'll teach me to check more carefully in future.
It's not often that I dislike so many characters in a book - but this one hits the jackpot and I'm giving up at 30% (I came on to look at some reviews to see if it gets any better and it doesn't look like it). **SPOILER ALERT**
I just don't get the character of Freda, to start with. She says she loves her flatmate, Nora, and yet there is zero evidence of that as they snipe at each other from the start. I also don't get how she becomes attached to Nicholas so quickly. From their first meeting he comes across as seriously creepy (salivating over her DD boobs, immediately declaring she is his new best friend and making inappropriate comments). Would a young(ish) woman really encourage that sort of man, when he's her neighbour? I'd be hiding an axe under the bed and adding a new lock on the door myself.
I would also question how someone can make enough income from a few hours a week working in a charity shop - and baking about 20 cup cakes a day. Doesn't add up for me.
I really don't like slamming an author as writing a book isn't something I have the patience (or skill) to do myself. But this book's characters just seem full of all the worst traits possible and, at this stage, nothing much has happened other than some drunken nights out and a lot of what is supposed to be flirty conversations (between Freda and Nicholas) but which actually made my teeth itch. What turns Freda on and draws her into him seems to be the things that most people would run away from.
How wrong was I, very very wrong.
While this is an enjoyable read and takes little real effort it's not for the reasons you might think.
The characters draw you in and the story is both insightful and sweet, without being saccharin and vacuous.
Fred is the brash girl with a lot less confidence than she let's on but bucketfuls of strength and compassion and Viv is the confident one with secrets and a softer side hiding behind the beautiful shell.
I laughed and cried at this story and really wish I could meet them both☺
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