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Too much "real life" for escapist fiction
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2019
This book was just okay, in my opinion. I am not one of those people who enjoys reading stories or watching shows or movies about the disease of the week or any other kind of real life drama. Depressing story lines, tearjerkers, and dealing with the realities of terminal diseases are not my kind of thing. When I read fiction, I want escapism from the realities of life. This book doesn't provide that kind of escapism (not until the VERY end, anyway).
I was totally depressed throughout most of this book and really just wanted it to be over. I felt so bad for Mary and Rhage, for different reasons. Their dates were abysmally painful to read about, especially the first one. Despite feeling sorry for Mary, I really didn't like her very much through at least the first half of the book. She was unnecessarily hateful to Rhage, and there just didn't seem to be any reason for that.
Of course, ultimately, they got their happy ending, but man was it a rough and unenjoyable road to get there. Ugh. I already have the next book in the series on my Kindle, so I'll definitely read it at some point (though I'm taking a break from this series for a while). If the next one winds up being as depressing as this one, I doubt if I will continue further with the series. Like I mentioned earlier, I read fiction for an enjoyable escape from the realities of life, not to feel sad and depressed.