Review: Breaking Her (Love is War #2) by R.K. Lilley

Tuesday, May 9
My rating:
1 Stars…

Hello, 1 star. It's been a while.

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What I loved:
Quote…On the other end Dante made a noise, something indecipherable but unmistakably, unpleasantly, unbearably filled with pain.
Agony. Torture.
Ms Lilley writes insanely well. I love the way she tells a story, and if it wasn't for the characters and the plot I would have listened to her writing forever.

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Just me on the Lionel Richie buzz? All night long, y'all, all night long.

Dante. I still love him. I still love him and Scarlett even though they need to be together the way I need mashed potatoes and gravy. Which is like Bambi's mum needs a bullet.
Quote…I kept Scarlett from my mother as much as I could for as long as I could. Hid the one I held most dear from the one I most feared.
Holy shit, how poetic was that?

What I didn’t love:

The switch from past to present held up the flow of the story, and set the tempo back hella bad.

I skipped the smutfest. I skimmed every sex scene from the 40th page. Don't judge me, but I've heard for a damned book and a half how they can't resist each other and they have avoidance issues and wah wah wah. All I cared about was finding out what the big secret was, and I couldn't take another co-dependent fuck session. I just couldn't do it.

You know that chick in high school? The one who tells you half a secret, and then makes you fill in the blanks until you're so way off the truth that you might as well have stayed home babysitting your little brother and writing dumb shit on your arm about the boyfriend you've had for 2 hot days? And then you tell her she was wrong about that juicy tidbit and she's like 'oh, that's not what I meant *titter titter*' This book is that. By 60% I wasn't meant to know naff all. All I felt was pissed off and impatient and to hell with this, I've got Broken Pieces on my TBR and that shit looks hot. I felt manipulated and played by the author because she didn't unfold a story, she just withheld. I didn't enjoy it. I never felt as though anticipation was building - I just felt like get the fuck on with it.

I don't like to be this way, but the big reveals were obvious. Of course the mother was a c*nt. Of course the cop was a pedophile. Of course Tiffany didn't pass on messages. Of course your grandma was a criminal. Of course your whole life was built on crap. Of course your father is a slimebag. Of course, of course, of course. What is wrong with you, woman, for not getting that??

Overall…

I think Ms Lilley is a phenomenal writer. Her editing and her storytelling were impeccable, and I think I always loved the characters I was meant to love. But this plot just went downhill mad fast. I couldn't. I just couldn't be into this, my shock level never went above 0 and I just couldn't gather a single fuck in time to make this story work for me. My first 1 star in probably 12 months.

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