I read quite a bit, but for every book that I finish, there’s another that I quit reading and shelved on Goodreads as DNF (did not finish). This past week or so has an interesting selection:
I borrowed the audiobook from my library on a whim. I didn’t care for the cover (yes, this is a big part of how I choose my books), but the description got me. Forbidden love! Religious subplot! Sounded like it was right up my alley. I read about half of this book before giving up. Unfortunately, some completely unexpected plot twists combined with a huge dose of drama led me to quit this one. It was for the best, though–I read some spoilers about what happens in the second half and there’s no way I would have liked the rest of the book.
This one is kind of weird because it was originally published as a 12-volume serial on Amazon (one for each of the months). For quite a while, I kept seeing the series on the romance bestseller list, but since I’m not a big fan of serials, I stayed away from it. My library ordered the print version, which has been published in four volumes, so I figured I’d see what all the hype was about. I didn’t get very far. The plot moves very quickly, but without much character establishment or back story. Also, something else that bothered me quite a bit were the editing issues, especially with grammar. These things distracted me to the point where I didn’t bother finishing. Obviously, this series is very successful and has many positive reviews, but personally I didn’t see the appeal.
If you’re not familiar with the author (as I wasn’t prior to reading this book), she’s a former runner who has competed in the Olympics. A few years ago, it was reported that she had been working as a high-price escort in Las Vegas. Hamilton has bipolar disorder and attributed her decision to go into prostitution as being related to her mental illness, combined with the medication she was on at the time. I really wanted to like this book because I thought her story sounded fascinating. Also, I had read some reviews that seemed quite negative and harsh, so my curiosity led me to find out for myself. Unfortunately, the tone of Hamilton’s writing was insufferable at best. I got as far as her college life and Olympic competition before quitting. She comes across as extremely self-absorbed and narcissistic. I can only assume that she used a ghostwriter on this book, but they didn’t do her story justice.