Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review Love Hurts by Catherine Green

Title: Love Hurts
Author: Catherine Green
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Novel
Release date: June 29, 2011

The Cornish town of Redcliffe is a beautiful seaside resort. It has wild sea, rambling forests, mysterious cliffs, and a local powerful werewolf pack. Jessica Stone is blissfully happy running a bookshop with her best friend and business partner, Elizabeth Gormond. When Detective Jack Mason sweeps Jessica off her feet, she cannot understand the hostility towards him from her gay best friend Simon Bunce. Eventually Jessica realises that there is more to Jack Mason than meets the eye, and then she meets his identical twin brother, Danny. She is drawn into their dangerous lives by their enemy, a powerful werewolf determined to overthrow the pack leader. Jessica's world is turned upside down as she discovers that all is not as it seems in this picturesque resort, and there are many painful lessons to be learnt about falling in love...



My review-

Have you ever read a book and wished you could like it but the longer you read it, the less you like it and the harder it is to finish? Yeah... this was one of those for me. I actually feel really bad for saying that too, but alas there are some books that just take you down that path.

I mentioned in a previous review that I am not a fan of first-person point of view stories. This story is entirely in the first person, which was point one against it for me. I figured that I would muddle through because one souring point based on my own personal preference doesn't necessarily make a bad book, right?

Well... I am not going to say this was a bad book. I think the story concept has some promise. It was an interesting concept, but try not to compare it to other certain vampire/werewolf books out there. I had to sit and think about this book, let it kinda settle in my mind after reading before I could write the review. Normally I try and do it right away, but I couldn't with this book. I am going to try and give a couple of points why this was so hard for me to read and get through.

Obviously the first-person point of view was one of the points, which I've gone over. Unfortunately, that's something I don't think I'll ever get over. Just my personal preference is all. In my time of thinking this book over to figure out my review, I realized some of why I had an issue with it. There is a cultural gap, at least for me. I've read many a Harlequin or Silhouette romance novel that was written by a British author or set in a European country.

Ms. Green is British and it's obvious in descriptors in the book for certain things. Being American myself, I will hit a mental speed bump in "translating" the British term so I get it in American terms. I noticed that this is something I am less likely to run into in a Harlequin or Silhouette. This is not a bad thing, necessarily, but I consider myself a "seamless visual" reader in that I visualize it in my mind as I read it. When I hit these mental speed bumps, it throws me out of the story.

Another issue was that I had times where I felt like I was reading three different stories pushed together into one book and told too quickly, if that makes any sense. It's as if parts of the story wanted to take off on their own in another direction and the author had to reign the muses in to stay on track with where she wanted to go. It's almost hard to explain.

I think, however, you get the idea why I hesitate to say this was a bad book. I've read bad books that I have out and out called bad. This is not one of them. I will say that this is a book that I, personally, did not enjoy. Would I recommend it to people I know? No, I wouldn't. But I will encourage people to take what they want from my review and make their own choice to read it or not. If it sounds intriguing to you, go for it. You will probably have a different opinion than I do on the story. The world would certainly be a boring place if we all had the same opinion on things! Keep an eye out for my interview with Ms. Green that will be posted tomorrow.

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