Author: Jennifer Laurens
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Source: borrowed via the library
Sounded upbeat and decent
Summary taken from Goodreads:
Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City. Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard. Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector. Daddy thought I'd be safe. He thought I'd never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin. Daddy was wrong.
So I picked this up thinking this would be a light upbeat novel. I thought “hey this sounds like that movie with Katie Holmes The First Daughter! That was such a cute movie”. Let me set the record straight: Not like the movie. Some thing I expected to be upbeat and fun was dramatic and occasionally dark. This book smacks you in the face with the intensity of her situation and her extremely broken and screwed-up family. There were barely any happy moments to this novel. This should be a “what happens when you suffocate your daughter and not let her have a real life” story. Don’t get me wrong there were aspects about this book that I liked, but the big downfall was the writing. For a story that is so intense and dark I found most of it to be grey/blah. I didn’t feel it pulling at my heartstrings like so many other emotionally intense novels. I guess that’s it—it was missing the emotional part. It recounted the story but I didn’t get the feeling from it. I could barely even feel the emotion connection between Colin and Ashlyn. Otherwise this story would have been extremely good even ignoring the somewhat predictable plot. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t predict everything, but the main climax could be seen coming from chapter one.
And I’m not 100% sure what kind of copy I got (although I borrowed it from the library database) but there were a considerable amount of errors. Weird.
Colin—cool headed and not willing to leave her in a bad situation.
Ashlyn—for a mad girl who wanted to be independent she sure acts like a child and doesn’t really fight for herself. I would have escaped so many time instead of just saying “Fine”, and “Yes, of course.” Not the female lead I was expecting.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the story has so much potential. Sadly its simply how it was brought across that doesn’t make it a favourite of mine. Now, that in no way should deter you from reading it if it was already on your to-be-read-pile because you never know, you may see it differently from me.
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you like an intense novel filled with royally messed up families and a knight and shining armour than this is for you.
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