My fist 1-star review!
While reading this book I literally had to remind myself of my rating scale which assigns a 1-star rating as a book so horrible that I wanted to “warn other unsuspecting readers away from it.” I even renewed my library loan so I could have this book on hand (with my highlights and notes about the particularly terrible parts) while I wrote my review.
I love the idea of two strangers agreeing to split a dog-sitting favor for mutual friends and falling in love (this is a PG-rated romance) in the process! I love the idea of the dog in question being a schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle mix). I have a schnoodle! He’s adorable! Here’s a picture!
And that’s it, that’s where the love for this book ended and the hate began.
Cliches. Bad writing. Shallow characters.
Both of the main characters have had bad luck in the department of love.
Annabel, Jack’s ex-girlfriend, is described in such a way that she reminded me of a combination of Jessica Rabbit (immodestly-dressed bombshell), Barbie (fashionable but stupid), and the wicked Queen from Snow White (self-absorbed & bent on revenge).
Tim, Hint’s ex-almost-fiance, is your garden variety commitment-phobic boyfriend. Prior to the novel’s start Tim accepted a promotion that required him to relocate to China. Of course he met someone else not long after he arrived thus spelling the end of his relationship with Hint (“Hint’ really is the name of the female main character. Really.)
Annabel makes two appearances in this novel while Tim is only mentioned in a flashback.
Brian, on the other hand, is the supervisor of Hint’s apartment complex, and he is, predictably, a creeper.
I took the time to highlight a few bad passages for your wincing pleasure.
She wanted Jack’s history to have begun that morning, the moment she’d woken up in his arms.
He wanted to be a hero for her. He knew he wasn’t, but at least he could try as hard as possible until he blew it.
Perhaps she’d given his number to someone she didn’t want calling her, so he could field the calls.
That was it. She needed him to be her hero. Her champion.
He scanned the room. Hint was nowhere to be found. His blood began to boil. Had they already retired to the Englishman’s hotel room? Why was he being so ridiculously unreasonable?
The preponderance of cliches and bad writing lead unsurprisingly to shallow characters.
Jack is obsessed with comparing Hint to Annabel, his ex. Sometimes favorably, sometimes not. Jack doesn’t trust Hint because of his bad past relationship.
Hint is obsessed with Jack. No trust issues due to past relationship(s).
Brian, the supervisor of Hint’s apartment complex, is obsessed with Hint and turns up unannounced and creeps on her.
This book was a perfect storm of things I hate about awful books. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.
1 star. Barely. Maybe half of a star.