on May 15, 2015 :
I really struggled to get into this one. I always have a hard time with books where the characters are irrevocably, head over heels in love with each other...before barely exchanging a sentence. I guess it bothers me so much because I see people try to do this in real and their relationships usually flounder. I know that they're fictional characters, but I always struggle when they don't behave at all like normal people.
In some places it felt like the author was channeling a little bit too much of Fifty Shades with his male lead and some of their interactions. There isn't any sex or BDSM, but with the attitudes, mood shifts, and strange parts of his personality, I got a strong Christian Grey vibe. I'm pretty sure Christian Cervello has a serious mental illness by the way his mind works and is separated. I hope that that's addressed appropriately in the rest of the series.
However, by the end I was definitely intrigued enough to want to read more. While the relationship and personalities are hard to digest, I really enjoyed the adventure and mystery aspect. Especially all the meddling from perceived friends and coworkers...though there is some of that, that again doesn't reflect typical human behavior. If you're suspicious of someone, you're going to keep them at arm's length, not go hang out with them and prepare for an event. Just a few little kinks that can be ironed out.
Overall, I found it intriguing, interesting, and decently written. A solid three stars. This is a cliff-hanger and not a stand alone.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Jan. 7, 2015 :
My oh my... the first 5 mins into this book, i was hooked and i couldn't put it down. Read this book in 2 DAYS!! The suspense and intrigue on each chapter made it such a great read in no time because I couldn't wait to know what would happen next. The book ending in a cliffhanger with Isabella keeps me on edge for part 2. Can't Wait!!.....
Very well composed and it tugs at your heart.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)