Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.
Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.
Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.
Then there was you . .
So, basically, this is a hard case of “It´s not the book. It´s me.” I´ve become a nitpicking reader. I can´t explain why… but when I read a romance that´s been highly recommended by the mass then I expect the highly recommended to highly entertain me from start to finish.
There was angst. Lots and lots of angst – In the end.
Will they? Will they not? When will they? Will they ever? What if they don´t? What´s going to happen if they don´t?
These are the questions that should pop up while reading a romance. And with this read, they do – But only in the end.
`Then There Was You` ( Second Chances Duet #1 ) by Claire Contreras is one of those second chance stories that have you saying “What a good read.” after reading, even though the story isn´t even finished. The keywords are: good read.
I admit, I had a few troubles getting into the story. In the very beginning I felt no connection between the characters. Not even with the help of the dual POVs could I understand / the characters. But somewhere halfway through the story I felt what they had. It was subtle but I felt it.
Something else that slightly bugged me was that I couldn´t relate to the characters. I need to feel that connection with a fictional figure. I couldn´t, though.
I like to feel the feels. I don´t want to wait 200+ pages to feel something. That´s not how I prefer to read.
But…. I do love the cover. And I definitely adore the title. Book cover and title, together, fit beautifully… But the story doesn´t quite match that beauty.
Alas, I still see why others would enjoy this book. It´s romantic, just not my type of romantic. The characters are smart and pretty and successful and wealthy… They deal with issues I could only dream of having…
Is it selfish of me to want to read about characters who have flaws? Not to be mistaken with characters being emotionally damaged. I don´t mean that. Lord knows the book world has it´s fill on broken book boyfriends. I mean flaws as in: Being middle class? How about someone not jogging? Meeh * wave off *
As I´ve said before, this book isn´t quite what I was looking for. I put all the blame on myself. It´s my fault. I´m picky.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. I would. But only because I know a lot of people who would swoon over this type of read. If you happen to be a nitpicker, like myself, then don´t bother.
Would I re – read this book? Probably not.
Will I read book #2 ? I´m afraid I won´t.
The Cover – 5 stars ( Love the cover. Wonderful image and great title )
The Story – 2 – 3 stars ( The book and I? We weren´t meant to be.)
The Characters – 3 stars ( They were okay. )
My emotional state after finishing this read – I wasn´t tickled.