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Falling for the Delta Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08Z2NDJJX
- Publication date : June 8, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2967 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 198 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,516 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Susan Stoker and Riley Edwards team up to write complementary novellas based on best friends finding their forever’s with best friends. It’s engaging, fresh, funny, exciting, sweet, sexy, and romantic with a dash of danger and HEAs.
Holly and Stella are best friends who work together as linguists at the Fort Hood Army base. They clicked the first day they met at orientation and have been friends ever since. Both speak several languages and it’s through their jobs that they are aware of the Delta teams.
Susan's story -
Holly and Dash see each other all the time but have never had the opportunity to actually meet; the timing has always been off. However, after one fateful day with Holly and Stella being caught in an interesting predicament, introductions are made and they never look back. The interest was immediate but the attraction was undeniable. They become fast friends which quickly leads to more and though the relationship moves at a fast pace it fits with these characters. The danger and drama blend seamlessly into their romance (kind of a ‘day in the life’ type of thing) and their HEA was sweet and beautiful.
Riley's story -
Stella and Magic have a bit of a different introduction. They are actually next-door neighbors who have been interested in each other from first sight, but yet again, their schedules have never meshed well for an introduction let alone anything else. So the situation Magic and Dash find Stella and Holly in at the beginning of the story sets up the perfect introduction for the couple which quickly moves to more. Their relationship is also fast-paced but it fits the characters and story perfectly. Since all four of them work at the base, Stella and Magic share in the same drama and danger as Holly and Dash. I loved seeing the situation play out for each couple; their reactions and conversations added greatly to the scenes. Stella and Magic’s whirlwind romance is just as sweet and intense as Dash and Holly’s and their HEA just as perfect.
Susan and Riley do a fabulous job mirroring each other with these characters and giving the readers all four viewpoints of situations that play out simultaneously between the two couples. Wonderful stories you don't want to miss!
All I can say for the first half of this collaboration is that I want the last hour and of my life and my $3.99 back! I don't know what I just read, but it wasn't a story. It was essentially 90% paraphrasing of events, "telling" instead of "showing" which is a cardinal sin in writing! I don't want you to tell me "Dash and Holly ate dinner, watched a movie, made love and then went to bed". That's not storytelling! Let me see it unfold as it's happening, let me live it with the character. I don't want a summation of events in successive paragraphs; I want to read a damn story! If you also want to read a story instead of a series of paragraphs rattling off a list of stuff the characters did in hindsight, then you should pick another book. Honestly, if Riley James' story of Stella and Magic hadn't been included as part of my purchase price, I'd probably have sought a refund from Amazon because that's how amazingly awful Susan Stoker's telling, and yes, I said telling, of Holly and Dash's romance was!
There literally was no story. I don't just mean no storytelling, which as I've already explained was nonexistent. I mean there was literally no story! No plot. No framework of an actual story. It literally served no purpose. It was essentially a quick telling of this couple's meet cute, then you fast forward a year and there's a quick telling of how things end for them. That's it! Nothing else! That MIGHT be acceptable if there was imaginative storytelling, vividly set scenes, intriguing dialog, and scintillating sex, but no. It's literally a paraphrasing of events that's already happened like it was a grocery list! And it was made even more glaringly deficient because it was followed up by Riley James' evocative work! I truly feel sorry for Susan, but she did it to herself!
Here's an example from the book of what you'll be reading if you chose to waste your time and money, and honestly, folks, this was the best excerpt I could find from Susan's portion, so just know it's all downhill beyond this!
"Hours later, after a delicious meal of steak and lobster: after they drank the entire bottle of champagne; after Holly had texted a picture of her ring to Stella, and gotten a return picture of Stella's own ring that Magic gave her when he proposed; after they'd changed into more comfortable clothes and watched the movie; and after Dash had shown her without words how much she meant to him, Holly lay naked and replete in his arms on the love seat."
If you enjoy reading your "stories" that way instead of living what the character is living as it happens, then you'll like Susan's contribution. But I don't know anyone who enjoys having a story paraphrased! I recommend, if you do buy this book, to just skip ahead to Riley Edwards' portion of it; it's the only redeeming thing about it! Riley actually shows the story happening. She does some telling, as is absolutley necessary in short stories such as these, but she does it properly. It's not a paraphrased list of events, it's colorful, descriptive, engaging, and entertaining, leaving you wanting more!
I don't know if Susan's just burnt out and doesn't care anymore, but she didn't even bother phoning this in! That would have been a step up from whatever this was! It genuinely seemed like she took an hour out of a busy afternoon one day to scribble some crap on a few sheets of paper and sent it - one draft with no edits - straight to publishing! If I were her, I'd be mortified to put my name on this! I'd be even more embarrassed because Riley's beautiful, descriptive storytelling absolutely eclipses hers without comparison! It's a professional embarrassment for Susan, to be sure, and that hurts me to say because I've always been a fan of Susan's work. This was just totally unacceptable and if it's indicative of what I can expect from her from now on, it'll be the last of her work I'll ever read! Pull it together, Susan!
Honestly, if I wasn't familiar with commonly used phrases that EVERY character in EVERY Susan Stoker book says (again, lazy writing) and someone handed me this, I'd have thought some teenager wrote it and posted it on an online storytelling forum. It's THAT bad! I cannot state emphatically enough how much I LOVED Riley James' work, though! She gets 5 stars. I just have no idea why she's publicly pair her work with the laziest, most rudimentary writing I've ever seen from a professional author such as Susan Stoker.
Well. I was right. Although, to be honest, I was thinking at first that Dash and Magic’s story would be heavy, as I know Susan Stoker and Riley Edwards never pull their punches when leading their readers into the lives of their characters, I was pleasantly surprised that Falling for the Delta was in fact an easy and lighthearted read.
With that said, I think 5 stars won’t be enough, ‘coz two brilliant authors definitely deserve a 10!
Top reviews from other countries
* Double the laughter
* Double the trouble
* Double the steamy, dirty talking, lovin'.
Two couples and two love a first sight love stories where sexy Delta's sweep their women off their feet, written by two awesome authors...what more could you ask for!