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Thursday, January 19, 2017

1 star-- Dazzling (Diamond Trilogy #1) by Elizabeth Hayley

IT'S A CLIFFHANGER!!! *rage, yall, rage*

I'm feeling rather pissy right now over Dazzling. This was my first time reading this writing duo and likely my last. I'm so disappointed, yall!

The premise started out well enough-- rich hero falls for poor--and reluctant-- heroine and sets out to win her over.
The hero was cute, sweet, earnest.

The problem(s)? The heroine. She's overly sensitive and reactive about things--especially his having money. Constantly pushing him away then being upset over it. She's a struggling artist and honestly she was depressing as hell.

I really liked him and how hard he tried to win her over. Fun tours of the city she'd never taken the time to explore, going to her art class, etc. They could have been cute other than her. Their relationship was very one sided as well, I felt. Ex-- he told her he loved her, she never replied (ever). They also just randomly were like lets not use condoms or discuss birth control before losing it. Yeah.

I could MAYBE have given this a 3 star until... the cliffhanger. The tag line for the Bookshots line is "Novels you can devour in a few hours" Well....that's technically correct. I did devour this "book" in a couple hours. But I could read ANY book and just stop mid way through the storyline and be like well I devoured that in a few hours. *rolls eyes* This is NOT a complete story.  Highlight for spoiler: At the end she breaks up with him and plans to leave the city they live in. There's no HEA, there's no even HFN. Total break up. For a book of less than 150 pages and a 4.99 price tag that is just unacceptable especially since nothing in blurb indicates it's a serial story and the original cover said book 1 which is seriously different than Part 1. At least they changed that but still.  None of the others from Bookshots I've read have been serialized. Anywho. It ticked me right off. Yeah, the hero didn't think something he did through but he did it out of caring and love for her and then the ending...nope! Big fat I freaking hate cliffhangers nope!

She's a starving artist and he's a billionaire playboy....

Siobhan came to New York with a purpose: She wants to become a successful artist. To pay her bills in the meantime, she's the hostess at The Stone Room, a bar for the beautiful and the billionaires. She's fine with being on her own--until tech billionaire Derick takes her breath away.

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (contemporary) | New to You (author) | Goodreads

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