by Jamie McGuire
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HOLY STALKER I think I’m in love! Imagine if your fate was irrevocably altered, all the events leading up to that moment blown to pieces, because the love of your life decides to ‘finally’ sit on the bench next to you?
What if you couldn’t stand by any longer and watch an unfathomable fate unravel before your eyes? These scenarios are the embodiment of this novel, and while it takes a minute to decide if the course of action taken is best suited for all parties involved, I ultimately found that I loved Jared, and no one else could make the cut.
Nina’s father has just died, and she feels the world crashing down on her. Suddenly, a mysterious, handsome stranger occupies the seat beside her, and she can’t help but feel comfortable around him- throw in some “chance” encounters and we have an attraction brewing. I hate, no loathe, insta-love, or at least the corny kind with bad dialogue-but this attraction is more than that, it’s so much deeper than that, and I can’t help but to be drawn to the love projected in this story. Jared is the sweetest being and I found myself on an automatic *awww* setting. It’s ridiculous, really, the devotion and determination Jared puts forth.
But, alas, we can’t have a romance without an annoying, plot-altering scenario that makes you angrier by the second-or at least that’s MY default setting-frustration. Nina, while a very likeable and in some cases loveable character, made me want to pull my hair out. She commits the ultimate taboo of romance novels in my eyes, and that skewed my perception of the story a bit. I don’t like when people are strung along, nor do I like when one of the main characters is in a tortured state of mind-for NO REASON. So yes, I was bothered for a chunk of the story, and couldn’t justify giving it 5 stars for that reason.
Jamie McGuire is a very talented author, and I have really liked everything she has written thus far. In one case, I bordered on obsession and couldn’t think straight for a couple days, incoherently babbling to those who could care less about a certain someone in a certain story with a name that starts with the letter T(I promised myself I WOULD NOT mention that certain story-it’s not fair to compare, lol). I can’t wait to see what else Jamie can bring to the table, and I will forever be a loyal fan to her, and her addictive writing style.