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The good news is that this book was well written and the narration was excellent. The bad news is that I was bored. A famous, rich and good looking (of course) football player has spent his life yearning for a girl he spent two weeks with at a summer camp, aged 17 or so. She is now a children’s cancer doctor, and when they meet after 14 years apart, she does not recognise him, even though she does remember being in love at age 16 at a summer camp. This whole scenario was just too unreal. Who obsesses for 14 years after someone they spent two weeks with as a teenager?
He constantly (and boringly) muses about how much he loves her and how perfect she is, she is (of course) the perfect children’s doctor who likes him but feels it’s “too soon” but she “remembers him from somewhere”. He worries about “coming on too strong” but within 48 hours of meeting her he has supplied a chef-catered breakfast in a car park for her friends, a tailgate barbeque and gifts for her patients, a huge birthday party, along with a vintage car, and a puppy! Seriously?
After four chapters of this, I ended up skipping through the audio and just listening to the first few minutes of each chapter, and I didn’t have a problem following the story. Because nothing much happened. Emotion was supposed to be added by a child dying of cancer who the football player and his mother semi-adopt to make her last days happy one – but her dying was just too sweet and too neat to be real. It was like a fantasy sanitised version of death and I felt the sick kids were added to the story just to show the reader how saintly all the adults were.
The start of the book did display some wonderful humour with a disastrous first date and the introduction of the H’s mother who is a fabulous character. But everyone was just too nice, apart from the obligatory villain of the h’s father, and everything just happened too easily. There was no tension, no passion, no suspense and no real “zing” to the romance. Furthermore there is nothing attractive about an h who eats massive amounts of food but never puts on weight (definitely something that only happens in a romance book!), or an H who sweats and feels like vomiting when he is nervous. She eats a lot, he gets nervous a lot. It was supposed to be funny, I didn’t get it.
This is not a particularly bad book, but I think possibly more of a YA book for those a little less cynical than me and a bit more willing to believe in fairy tales.
Any additional comments?
This book is fantastic! This is book three in the Lone Stars Series, but can be read as a standalone, however, once you listen/read one book by Katie Graykowski you will want to listen/read all of her books. Devon is a professional football player and has been waiting on fate to bring his soul mate Laney, back into his life. He fell in love with his soul mate at summer camp when he was seventeen years old. He believes that one day they will meet again. So when she shows up to his practice with her team members he can’t believe it, but is then crushed when she doesn’t remember him. Laney has looked for her true love ever since she was in high school, she is now a Pediatric Oncologist.
The narrator Pam Dougherty, did a wonderful job, and was very easy to listen too. Pam is one of my favorite narrators, every book that I have listened to by her I have enjoyed and this one was no different than the others. She did every characters voice different and was easy to tell which character was speaking.
I wish that I could have listened to this book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. But I listened to it while working. This book had me laughing out loud and tearing up the next. I can’t wait until the next book comes out. I have all of Katie’s books and want more.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
I've always loved her books. They have a sass and a spunkiness that make them a joy to read and are always full of wit, joy, and heartfelt happy tears. :-) can't wait for the next book to come out!