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How is this the end? That was abrupt...
There are a couple of reasons why I wasn't overly fond of this book. First, because of the ending. There is a difference between a cliff hanger and an unfinished story. The book revolves around CCs protection against something she knows nothing about. Throughout the novel, we see that CC has considerable doubt about her new step-mother. For me, the main focus if the book was not CC and Parker's so called romance, but the unnamed danger in the main character's life. This issue is present throughout the book, yet never developed and resolved. I would have much rather gotten a development in the security/danger/unknown evil issue and have Parker and CC makeup in the second instalment. I feel like the priorities in this novels were a little off, however this may be due to point number two. Another plot issue I have, is that, although there is some action in this book, it seeks to be concentrated at the beginning and at the very end. The middle of the book is drawn out and long for no gain to the book.
Point number two: I quite like CC/Roxanna/Jimi, but I am not a fan of Parker. As soon as he is introduced in the novel, I get this *off* feeling about him; something doesn't seem quite right about him, and I don't trust him. Maybe it is because of how rough he is, or how his emotions are all over the place, but he doesn't seem like a good match for our main character. They seem to be addicted to each other, and to their physical attraction rather than on an emotional level, hence the fact that they only begin to try to get to know each other at the very end of the book. Yes, I am aware that CC has trust issues and so on, but the kind of relationship she has with Parker, is not doing her any good either.
Although this book didn't meet my expectations, it did spark some intrigue in me in regards to CC's step-mother. I may read the second book just to please my mind.