Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2016
I know I am going to get a bunch of negative votes by Shalvis fans, but truly, this story felt like Jill Shalvis (whose earlier work I liked) just phoned it in. It was a cookie cutter formulaic story and the characters were one dimensional and interchangeable. The situation could have been interesting but after setting the scene (hard working member of family that owns the lodge and cancer survivor wanting to live life to the fullest) there was practically no character development and it was hard to either identify or empathize with the H/h for long. The H/h were kissing at their second meeting because they bumped into each other in a very awkward and contrived scene and that's when I began to realize that this story was going to be hard to finish. It was predictable (not usually something bad in itself, in my view) but mainly it was uninteresting. The dialogue was pretty pedestrian and even the banter between H and his siblings seemed too cute and artificial and was less charming and amusing than it was intended to be. Definitely Jill's heart was not in this one. Sorry to be so down on one of my previous auto-buy authors' work, but this one really fell short for me. I won't be reading the rest in the series.
Finally, this is a matter of personal preference and not in and of itself a cause for only 2 stars: am I the only one who finds the "tingling" in the "lady bits" to be a really distasteful and just too cute description/terminology? Yuck. Would have much more impact if either blunter terms were used or it were left to the reader's imagination.
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