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Hate to rate this, but I’m frustrated with myself for buying this
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2020
This is the fourth Emilia Fin book I’ve read, second I’ve gotten to the halfway mark and had to drop. Nothing I hate more than buying a book, or even reading a free one that’s got so many 5 stars and it’s like homework to read. First, let me say I really enjoyed the first Checkmate book—adored Kane and Jess. I read book two to get right into the series because I felt for Laine, but she and Angelo wore me out. I don’t want to bog down with a review for that one, which I finished. But the third book I tried of Emilias was the Rollin one. Couldn’t stand it so I quit. Now I came here, knowing before I started who John Hamilton was. So I wanted to hopefully connect with this and find out what happened. I don’t know if I’m just aware of what are supposed to be plot twist or if they’re obvious to everyone. ‘Cause I had the mystery characters figured out within the first few chapters. It was painful to read how dumb “John” was. How he didn’t care how much he was being used. I get protecting loved ones, but honestly, it’s dumb for him to think *blank* needs his protection. A simple phone call would’ve taken care of all that. But no. I felt his character wasn’t genuine, and that’s probably one of the hardest things to work with. It’s like you can feel the way he’s supposed to be similar to *blank* but efforts are made to give him his own character, and they fall flat. Then there’s Sophia. For the life of me, I couldn’t stand her. She was more genuine, but I felt heartless for her situation because of how selfish she was to succeed at her own vendetta. I get it, I really do. She has reasons and they’re understandable, but she’s still there for herself first. So, between the easy to guess bad guy to the crazy yet dumb actions, and unlikable anti-heroine?? I am giving up. This just might be one of those authors where I like one book but the other characters or storylines fall flat. It might have been easier, too, if inner monologue every scene that’s supposed to be intense is them reflecting on the past or their sudden feelings when they never had interest. But, I’m the minority by a landslide, so decide for yourself. I’ll just say if you struggled with the other books like I did, maybe try the sample or come back to this author later. And that’s the only reason to leave a bad review or else it gets washed out by die hard fans, and not everyone can afford to spend or waste time.