English \ eBook, ~300 pages
Debut: May 31, 2015
Read: June 2-4, 2015
Rogue Chronicles Entry
This story is one of the sappy ones, right up there with Nicholas Sparks and movies like Letters to Juliet and The Notebook. It was checking off a list of cliches, so hardcore it should be ridiculous, but -- just like Sparks and those damn movies -- Jenny Foor made it work. I guess every once in a while (or if you love this kind of thing), we all need sappy and dreamy on that scale. Since I can't even remember the last time I read or watched something so overly romantic, it's only half of a surprise that this one got to me big time. I actually cried, all the while thinking how stupid I am for being so emotional about it (since I rarely am), it just proves my point that Foor made all those romantic cliches work for this story.
Since you know something very bad is going to happen, it's even more heart-breaking that there was a rather large first part (30% or maybe more) spent on how much in love Bailey and Major are. You get to feel with them, you get to love them, and then it's just gone... Although I have to say, while Foor wrote all the right words, especially in dialogue, I was still missing feeling. Don't ask me why I cried regardless, I don't have a f*cking clue. Dialogue, inner dialogue, actions and plot, and descriptions weren't well balanced at all. You usually get a heap of one category at a time, instead of a mix that puts you into the story. It was like... like reading a movie, if that makes sense. You don't need to explicitely spell out colors, shapes, facial expressions, small gestures and actions, because you see it on screen, take it in subconsciously and automatically fill in certain blanks, while listening to the dialogue. Needless to say, I could totally see this as a movie.
It's a good thing I generally like the idea of a redeemed bad boy, who doesn't?, and of frenemies becoming friends or even lovers after they learn about a new side of their nemesis. That always makes for a good story, and Happily Ever Never was no exception. I don't want to say any more, though -- wouldn't want to spoil anything.
Due to the writing style, I couldn't connect 100% with the characters, but of course I generally liked them. The boys for sure, they were both strong and had their cute points, and Bailey too, even though she didn't amount to more than a dreamy-eyed Cinderella for one part, then was a crying damsel the rest of the time. There was generally alot of crying in this story, would've been totally fine with less, or at least with less outright bawling feasts and more silent or hidden tears instead.
Area Scan: Idea: 3/5 -- Style/Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 3/5 -- Hearts: 4/5 -- Tears: 5/5 -- Heat: 3/5 -- Thrills: 2/5
Discovered: 3+ Hoods
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