- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,015,492 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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!!!
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.
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