on Feb. 28, 2013 :
"There is nothing wrong with the storyline in this novel. The main characters - Raine, Sierra and the twins are well depicted and likeable. I really felt for them and for Lynn and Selby.
Unfortunately, over-writing and formatting have made this work confusing and in places, laborious to read.
Many times the action catapaults to another scene in the next line of the manuscript with no spacing to indicate there is a change of character or place. It is unfortunate that it was published without being professionally edited, because this has marred what is actually an exciting and well thought out plot.Diana Hockley from "Good Reads""
Copied from another review because it described my feelings about the book as well!
The book had a novel story line, good character development, and a satisfying, if completely predictable, conclusion.
Ms. Palmer obviously has a wonderful vocabulary, and uses it to the fullest extent, then over uses it by at least half too much. I think editing the constant overblown and excessive descriptions of the feelings of the characters would greatly benefit the reading enjoyment of the book. At one point Raine opens the door, and has nearly two pages of feelings, some unrelated to the moment, flash through his mind before the person on the other side was even acknowledged.
This brings to mind one other point. Though Raine is obviously not like the average man, he acts and thinks very little like any man I know. A bit of editing on his character development would make him more believable.
None the less, it was a fun book to read, and I wish Ms. Palmer luck in the future as she develops her skills. I certainly look forward to more books from her.
(review of free book)
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
on Feb. 3, 2012 :
I was very disappointed, but I couldn't finish the book. I only got a third of the way through it. The night I found myself trying to remember what book I was reading and couldn't come up with the title, author or plotline I decided that there was no way I was going to finish it. I did eventually figure it out, without picking up my ereader, but only because I tried to remember what covers were showing as currently reading on Goodreads. I remembered it was dark, which lead me to the title, author and plot.
Unfortunately, the story itself didn't draw me in. I couldn't get into the characters. What was happening to Raine was interesting, but Raine himself was rather boring. I kept thinking Sierra's name was Elizabeth, and Vince was just inept.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on Feb. 6, 2011 :
I thought this book was VERY good, loved it! I really didn't want to ever put it down!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 16, 2011 :
I was fortunate enough to come across this book by pure chance. I started reading this book thinking that I would spend the next few days battling through a mindboggling read. Fortunately I began the read and before I knew what hit me I was drawn in and had the entire novel finished in 3 hours. I could not believe how intensely I got involved in this novel and I felt and I mean really felt every emotion and sense that Raine felt. Do not pass up this gem hiding in the ruff. Well worth the time and expense.
(reviewed the day of purchase)