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The author of the book: Meghan O'Brien
Language: English
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Edition: Bold Strokes Books
Date of issue: December 1st 2009
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Depending on who you are and what you're looking for in your lesroms, this could easily be a 5-star book for you. I, however, am a jaded, cynical, hyper-critical monster with a heart that's two sizes too small. Maybe a size-and-a-half. Anyway, my problem with this book wasn't one of writing quality (which was quite high), characterization (which was very good), chemistry (which was excellent), or a lack of dogs (there were two). My problem was due to fatigue with a particular set of conventions in lesbian romances, which most likely exist in hetero romances for the same reasons, and I seem to have hit a bit of a threshold with them.

Now, I want to start out by saying that I loved the beginning of this book. And most of the middle. And some of the end. I loved the way Ray's PTSD was presented; I loved that she was engaged in therapy and was actively trying to heal; I loved that her service dog wasn't just a cutesy awww magnet, but was actually a very important part of her recovery. I loved Carly, too: her kindness, her mixture of strength and fragility, her compassion, her love of video games (hey, it's a character detail, and video games are fun). Which brings me to the problems section...

Annnd, unfortunately, this is going to have to hide beneath a spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[Okay, so there's a lot going on in this book. It's a love story. It's PTSD story. It's a coming out story. It's a reconnecting with family story. It's a therapy story. It's a grief story. That's a lot of angst-- looooads of it, and it's coming from every direction. That's great, because I happen to like angst when it feels germane to the plot.

So, with all that angst and tension in play, why are we once again breaking the characters up at the 3/4 mark? Because there needed to be more problems than recovering from being sexually assaulted, held captive, having panic attacks, worrying about sexual orientation and sexual function, media exposure, and generally feeling like a broken person? There needed to be more trauma than feeling forced to live in the closet by the one you love? Than trying to reconcile giving your heart away while still on the cusp of grief? Than feeling overwhelmed by the fear of leaving yourself open to such loss again?

When the breakup happened at the 73% mark and the two didn't speak again until the high 90s, all I could think was, "Seriously? Again? Can no one write their way around this device?" This story was swimming in issues that could've provided the necessary push to the climax, but instead it was the same old thing with some shiny new words. It just made me...tired. (hide spoiler)]

There's a part of me that thinks I may just be done with romances, that maybe I'm so aware of the formula at this point that I'm no longer able to find joy in the details. I really hope that's not true. I love romance, I love love. But I also love to be surprised. There was a single moment of surprise for me in this story, a swerve to the left around an all-too-typical trope that left me hopeful that the author was going to take me somewhere new, only to find myself dropped at the township of Been There, Done That, population: 5,491 and climbing.

In case it wasn't clear, my criticism here is all about me, and not really about the book at all. Even with my long, whiny, semi-rambling complaints, I still rate this book at 4 stars. It's good at what it does. In fact, it's better at it than most, and I don't regret buying it or reading it. For better or for worse, it just couldn't make my jaded, cynical, hyper-critical, miniature monster heart beat.


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Ebook Battle Scars read Online! Born in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Meghan O’Brien relocated to Northern California in 2005. As a transplant, she enjoys the moderate weather and gorgeous scenery of the Bay Area. Meghan lives with her wife, their son, three cats, three dogs, two snakes and several tarantulas. Yes, it can be just as chaotic as it sounds.

Meghan’s day job is as a software developer, but her real passion is writing. From her humble beginnings creating numerous “books” out of construction paper and crayons as soon as she learned to write, to her several published novels and various anthology contributions, writing is what makes her feel most complete. (from the author's website)


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