Series: House Of Obsidian #2
on July 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Rainer Torrence is everything I could have wanted in my life and more.
He became my best friend when I was Thirteen years old.
From then on, we were inseparable. He was my first love and my first heartbreak.
But I always thought it was forever.
Until his Father died and things went bad.
Then suddenly, he disappeared.
Ten years and I didnÔÇÖt see or hear from him.
Then came the call IÔÇÖd be praying forÔÇô he was back in town.
Only the man I remembered is not him.
This man is quiet, deadly, and so incredibly beautiful.
He also doesnÔÇÖt remember me.
He looks into my eyes, and he sees nothing.
So, I let him believe IÔÇÖm just a girl that walked into his bar.
I let him believe IÔÇÖm just a friend.
I let him use me on the cold, dark nights.
I let him believe that I am as emotionless about our relationship as he is.
I just let the secret go on and on.
But all secrets have an end, donÔÇÖt they?
~Review by Anja
I usually enjoy Bella JewelÔÇÖs quick, easy, and straight-forward books. TheyÔÇÖre reliable to be entertaining, but not too emotionally messy. And yet, while I liked the storylineÔÇösecond-chance romances are always funÔÇöI did not like Emalie and couldnÔÇÖt connect with her at all. The story just hasnÔÇÖt wowed me, and I am rather indifferent toward it, which is not the best thing to be about a book.
Mali, while I get where she is coming from, needs a backbone and to stand up for herself and her own self-worth. Also, the way she is described in the past make her sound na├»ve, and her treatment of her so-called friend, Kevin, is horrible and makes her very shallow on top of everything. While I admire her fight and perseverance when it comes to Rainer, she also lets him walk all over him most of the time. Why would anyone with a little self-respect keep breaking her own heart by being with someone whoÔÇÖs clearly in love with someone else? ThatÔÇÖs just one of the things I did not understand about her and therefor couldnÔÇÖt connect with her.
Rainer on the hand I can understand to some degree. HeÔÇÖs been through hell and back and the only life-line he had for a long time was Pippa. However, that he would always run to her when sheÔÇÖs upset, even though she is fucking TAKEN, makes me not only mad, it also makes him very weak and did not do him any favors. Throwing his love for Pippa constantly in MaliÔÇÖs face also makes him an insensitive asshole.
Also, the fact that something tragic had to happen to have Rainer chose Mali made their love seem weak, like Mali was second-best because Pippa was unavailable. I wish she would have solved this differently. Who would want to be second-best to anyone? It doesnÔÇÖt make sense to me, which is why I couldnÔÇÖt connect with Mali at all.
Overall, itÔÇÖs an okay read, but not what IÔÇÖm used to when it comes to Bella Jewel. IÔÇÖm still looking forward to RaideÔÇÖs story!
3.5 rather disappointed stars
(Previously posted on TBE)
~Review by Paula
Flawed Love by Bella Jewel didnÔÇÖt knock me off my feet. The book and I just didnÔÇÖt click.
There were a few reasons for that.
The plot was great and had all the bits a second chance romance needs.
Two people who once have been best friends and then lovers see each other again after ten years. But only one of them remembers and recognizes the other.
A lot of hurt, old and new, mixed with longing and love leads to a heart-breaking story. Both characters can either find their happiness or break each otherÔÇÖs hearts.
I should have loved it. I wanted to. But unfortunately, I couldnÔÇÖt connect with the characters. Not even a bit.
Mali, a young woman who has never forgotten the man she once loved is devastated when he doesnÔÇÖt recognize her. I wished that all those challenges would have made her stronger. But not only did she let Rainer break her spirits when he left, she also doesnÔÇÖt have a backbone now that he is back. I get that she still loves him. I understand that her feelings cloud her decision making, but climbing into bed with him while knowing he loves someone else borders on masochism. While she stood up for herself at times, it quickly faded once he paid her some attention. Then she was all ÔÇÿhave your way with me even if you treat me like crap outside the bedroom.ÔÇÖ It made her appear weak and needy.
What really bugged me to no end was her attitude towards her friend Kevin. Yes, back then she was still a teenager, but her demeaning comments about him made her not a single bit better than the people she despised. It just made her lack integrity and personality.
Rainer was a lot easier to understand and like. He was truly broken, having lived through years of torture, pain and fear. So his inability to let go of his feelings for Pippa and to allow himself to hope for a future were understandable.
Yet, his constant back and forth gave me a bit of a whiplash. And his repeated blatant disregard for MaliÔÇÖs feelings was a complete turn-off. Running after a woman who has clearly moved on and is in love with someone else while allowing her to still have control over him just lacked self-respect.
Not being able to connect to either character made it hard to get invested in their fate.
Additionally, I was slightly irritated by the fact that nearly every person in this book was either gorgeous, beautiful, handsome, breath-taking, pretty ÔÇô unless they were the baddies. Then they were fake, plastic, and ugly. IÔÇÖd love some edginess to the characters ÔÇô lead or supporting ones. I would have loved them to be less cookie cutter looks wise.
Unfortunately, there were many editing errors that at times made it hard for me to go with the flow of the story and distracted from the characters and their tale.
Overall, this story didnÔÇÖt do it for me and that breaks my little Bella Jewel fangirl heart.
3.5 I-couldnÔÇÖt-really-connect stars.
(Previously posted on TBE)