Mirror, mirror … who’s the fairest of them all?
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’
And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because I’m completely imperfect.
And … I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
2.5 stars — So I should have DNFd this one. Honestly, when I started reading the first chapter, I was a little bit put off by the style. Not to be rude, but I got a little bit bored. There was just a lot of the story taking place in the characters heads. I forged ahead, b/c the premise of the story really intrigued me, and I wanted to know where it was going to go. And there were little glimmers of things that I enjoyed, so you hold out hope that those parts will take over the story somehow. But they didn’t. By 60% I honestly contemplated DNFing, but by that point I wanted to know the mystery of Mia and Kane (even though I had my theories, and those actually came pretty close to the truth). So I finished it. But I will say, if you read the sample, and you’re reading the first chapter and you’re not really feeling it, then it might not be the book for you either.
Basically, as I told my husband, it was just too many words. WORDS WORDS WORDS. Talking and talking. *sigh* And if it wasn’t that, then it was sex. But damn, I was excited after the first kiss (because that was hot), but then we got to the first more steamy scene, and even that got interrupted by words. *heavy dramatic sigh* I started trying to skim (which I’m terrible at). I need more plot I guess.
As for our characters, they weren’t terrible, but I wasn’t enthralled either. I could see good things, but I didn’t really get to feel their growth. Willow talked and talked and talked about her changing and growing, but I didn’t get to see that growth happen in actions. And I’m not saying that I didn’t love the scene where she went back to Logan Agencies, that was awesome. But it was like one minute she has an eating disorder and hates herself, and then some conversation with Kane and then a month later she’s stronger. That wasn’t satisfying for me, and it didn’t allow me to buy into the growth you know? Kind of telling instead of showing I guess.
And then there’s Kane. Yeah, he could be hot sometimes and sweet, but all the what is essentially soul mate talk just had me dibsing out. It was over the top dramatic and kind of sappy. Or maybe I’m just cynical, but I got tired of all that too. (I didn’t even swoon over the epilogue, I rolled my eyes…so much cynicism in this girl apparently)
And then we get to their decisions about the scandal. I can’t go into it, but I don’t understand how what they decided to do was any better for the situation, it just felt like unnecessary martyrdom.
And finally, if you’re the kind of person who gets annoyed by bad editing (in the proofreading sense), then unless it’s been changed since I bought it last year, this one is NOT proofed well. So many sentences had mistakes and it made for a jarring read.
OH! But I will give a huge nod to Kirby, Eddie, and even Kole. Some funny moments with all of those secondary characters. They’ve convinced me to round up.
So yeah. This one wasn’t for me. I had kind of higher expectations, which probably didn’t help. Oh well. One less author for me to visit at my upcoming signings.