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Taking the Tumble by [Crook, Eve Dew]
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Length: 302 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc; Crimson Rose 1st edition (24 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E51LDS8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,015,492 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This had the makings of a very good story but it felt like the editor was asleep while it was being edited.

The basic premise is good, but the main characters were 2 dimensional rather than 3 dimensional. Cleo/Cyn in particular was far too good - there was no badness to her. It's not normal for a grown woman to be that good! For a main character, there was a lot missing. Interesting names don't make up for good character development.

Equally, there appeared to be chapters missing in the development of the main romance. It suddenly jumped from classmates who barely know each other to full on relationship. That can happen, but it seems strange for two people who have been bitten before.

As for Pandora - I'm not sure what background the author has in mental health issues, but this character really annoyed me since she displayed most if not all of the common misconceptions of mental health problems. This character really was like the 'villain' of a bad film. No redeeming qualities, major childhood trauma, ongoing family issues.....it could all have been plausible if presented in the right way, but there was no reason for her behaviours at all. As for Cyn's reaction to her - that was plain weird and completely unexplained.

All in all, if this book was taken apart and some effort put in, it's got the basics of a good story. But the device of the classes wasn't used to maximum effect, the potential of the different names really wasn't used at all really and there appeared to be a whole host of supporting characters that were there purely for expositional purposes. It smacked of the old radio play ('I will shoot you with this gun I have in my right hand').

I got it free, so it wasn't too much of a hassle, but I'd have been disappointed had I paid for it.
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This book is a bit of a let down. Fairly good story, good characters and descriptive writing but too much cheese :(
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Fun Read 3 Aug. 2013
By AquaJock - Published on Amazon.com
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After a painful divorce, Cyn Westland enrolls in graduate school to get a fresh start. She gets more than she bargained for when her Communications class instructor asks each student to introduce himself/herself with an imaginary name. Cyn introduces herself to the class as "Cleopatra" and is soon smitten by a man in the class who she knows only as "Merlin." Adopting the new identity helps Cyn to move on, but there's a girl in the class named Pandora who develops a grudge against her and starts stirring up trouble.

I enjoyed the fresh premise of this story. I wished Cyn had been a bit more patient with her mother--her rude demeanor toward her on some phone calls took me by surprise, but as I got to know her mother better, I realized she was super high maintenance and would be a drag to deal with after awhile. The author did a fabulous job developing the evil quirky character "Pandora"--I never knew what she'd be up to next and have to say I almost liked her villainous, trouble-making personality. Eve Dew Crook's debut novel was intriguing and fun--I'm looking forward to more.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A COLLEGE CLASSROOM WAS NEVER LIKE THIS 25 Aug. 2013
By Marzie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Taking the Tumble takes us from a college classroom to a carnival, to a printing museum to a psychiatric facility and the trip is most exciting.
The masterful use of language and the great descriptions of the characters and their surroundings puts this novel a few quality steps above the usual romance novel.
The setting of a college classroom is an unusual one, the hero and the heroine are very likable, you find yourself rooting for their relationship, and the villain of the piece is just unpredictable enough to be frightening.
The secondary characters: particularly Cleo's mother and her best friend give us good insights into Cleo and her life issues.
It is a page turner!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A seductive charmer 29 Oct. 2013
By Bonita Papenfuss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Romance is not my typical genre of preference, but any reservations on my part were quickly dispelled by this seductive charmer with its tantalizing blend of suspense and passion.

After an unpleasant divorce, Cyn Westland is determined to be successful in her single life without dependency on any man. Though ten years removed from college, she puts aside her reservations and enrolls in a graduate-school communications course. Before attendance is taken, the professor, in a research experiment to document how names affect actions, requires each student to pick a new identity for the semester while keeping his or her real first name a secret. Cyn chooses the name Cleopatra, eliciting a grin from a handsome man who picks Merlin as his moniker and a sinister glare from a slender redhead who selects Pandora as her tag. As the semester progresses, Merlin and Cleopatra build a bond of trust and friendship destined for eventual intimacy. Troubled Pandora, however, uses her wicked wiles to drive a wedge of suspicion between the two.

The underlying significance of this captivating read is its intelligent and insightful peek into after-divorce relationships-whether with a needy parent, life-long best friend, or budding romantic interest. While unfolding the action from three viewpoints, author Eve Crook amazes the reader with her skillful use of dialog, keeping the story flowing seamlessly. The connections between characters feel real, the language is lively and evocative, and there is enough tension and expectation to keep your index finger eagerly poised.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and spicy all in one 7 Oct. 2013
By D. Roessle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Taking The Tumble lives up to its promise of sexy, sweet and scary! I don't generally read romances, but the book had plenty of suspense to keep me interested. AND it is very well written. I enjoyed the three points of view -- the heroine, the hero and the villain -- which showed each one's motivations and nicely set the stage for coming events.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 26 Sept. 2013
By Amanda McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't enjoyed a intellectual Book more. That managed to be funny and romantic. I will recommend this to my friends!
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