“I knew I couldn’t ever have more with Allison. Because I could never be with someone like her and deceive her… and if she knew the whole story, she wouldn’t want to be with me. But at the same time, I couldn’t just walk away and never see her again.”
Hmmm I’m not entirely sure where I stand on this book. I have mixed feelings about it. I really enjoyed parts of it and kind of disliked other parts.
I read this book because I heard that there was this crazy insane plot twist in it that nooooooobody saw coming and that really intrigued me because I just love it when books can surprise me like that. And I really have to give the author props because admittedly, I did not see this one coming and it kept me guessing and wondering and going all over the map trying to figure it out.
I had every kind of idea going through my mind (even as far fetched as him being an alien, which – don’t laugh – actually did fit! I swear, it did!) and I could have sworn I thought of everything but nope! This twist took me completely by surprise!
The story is basically about a woman named Allison whose life changes when a certain gorgeous man, Cedric, walks into her diner. Something about him is indescribably alluring to her but despite their connection, he’s holding back a big secret… one that could change everything between them.
The story was a little rough around the edges – bits of stilted dialogue and repetitiveness but for the first while I was completely willing to overlook it because I did feel invested in their story and wanted to know what his damn secret was!
“My draw to Allison is not a choice. It’s a completely uncontrollable pull that won’t go away, despite the consequences of acting on it. I will never stop wanting her. And I will inevitably hurt her either way, once she learns the truth, whether I am involved with her or not. She is going to find out with or without me. Maybe just maybe, if I can show her who I am and get her to trust me, she will find it in her heart to see past everything.”
I kept thinking ‘well gee, how bad can it be??’
And yup, again – it took me completely by surprise!! Total shocker!
I was torn about the hero – there were so many qualities about him that I loved… he was caring, protective, sweet and totally into Allison but there were also elements that came out about him that made my eyes squint a little. There was never any doubt that he was crazy for her but still there were a lot of character traits that didn’t make him a bad guy or anything, but just kind of pulled him away being the kind of guy I’d fully fall for so… *squint*
But if you took them out of any of the drama surrounding them, I did really like Cedric and Allison as a couple. They really worked well together and there were several adorable, sweet, steamy scenes that had me smiling.
I guess my initial reaction to the explanation about the twist was shocked but then a little negative because of some implications that were made… but, the more I think about it, the more I realize that maybe the actions/reactions were just kind of honest and real. I guess it wasn’t quite the romance I was hoping for because of the implications it gave but I guess life never is perfect…
As the story progressed though, the little things that bothered me kept building. But here’s thing – I can’t really fault them though ‘cuz looking back it’s not really something I can blame the character for. I mean, it was fully within his right to do those things but they just still bothered me. And I know that’s insanely vague but really, if I say anything specific I’ll give the whole thing away and I know that a lot of readers really enjoyed this book more than me and so I don’t want to ruin the experience in case you want to give it a shot.
I’ll admit though that towards the end, there were some very sweet and touching moments and the ending itself was very well wrapped up and perfect but still, there were just ‘things’ that bothered me.
I rate parts of this book 2.5 – 3 stars and parts of the book 4 stars which I guess round it off to a final rating of 3 – 3.5 stars.
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