Love is the sweetest venom.
Lawrence: I told her I wanted her body and not her love. I lied.
Ronan: I fell in love with a lie.... She was beauty and destruction.
Kissing her was a tender song. Owning her body, a wild poem. Loving her, my downfall. But she was mine. Or so I thought.
Blaire: One man offered me his love. The other, the world.
I'm falling, falling, falling.... And there's no end in sight.
©2016 Mia Asher (P)2016 Tantor
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"Melodrama with flimsy character motivation"
I'd recommend to someone who...enjoyed "Twilight" or watches a few too many CW shows, in all seriousness.
Only if it were James Spader, Isabella Rossellini, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke circa '95.
Many exclamations of love. Many gifts exchanged. Many promises that you as the listener already know are empty from the get-go. None of these characters know what love is -- they are comically selfish, and every line is so overworked, it feels dated. It errs on the side of Twilight or what a teenager might think of passion. It reads like a K Drama -- I actually like K Dramas -- but it's more of an in between. Either take it further or tone it back. We are fed the reasons why a character is how they are, yet there isn't enough depth to it; knowing Blaire's parents didn't hug her enough (actual detail from the book) or even that her Mother left for a while isn't enough fresh detail or color to paint the road to becoming what's essentially an escort. Her past is described in such a distant, overwrought yet sort of oversimplified way, it's hard to feel the constant, never healing pain of trauma there from multiple points in her life. I mean, many of us "don't love ourselves enough" which is Blaire's big thing, but that doesn't equate to throwing our hearts away or becoming a sex worker -- what makes it that way for Blaire? Why is she a sex worker when she doesn't seem to enjoy it and being that she's tenacious and intelligent and wants security, why is sex working the only road to that end? You could say she's constantly punishing herself, but then why does she blame her parents, not herself, for her not enough hugs past? I could keep going. Anyway, all of the characters confuse love and passion with a quick fuck and lashing out at the very ones they claim to love. It's so juvenile, but if that's your bag, go for it, kid. I mean that. No judgement.
"BLAIRE GETS A TASTE OF HER OWN MEDICINE"
The book starts off exactly where Easy Virtue leaves off, except from Ronan's POV as Blaire and Lawrence walk out of her apartment building.
Blaire crushed Ronan's heart in Easy Virtue. In this book Blaire finds out, from Ronan, just how bitter her own medicine is. Lawrence also does a 360. We find out more about Ronan's sister and her people connections.
Blaire, Ronan and Lawrence each find themselves going thru self discovery. I went thru a gamut of emotions with all three but my eyes watered up for Lawrence. I hurt the most for him. I also wanted to slap Ronan's sister in the face.
I hung on every word and couldn't stop listening. I would get irritated if I was interrupted.
Lucy Rivers and Jeremy York gave a gripping, emotional and all consuming performance.
Absolutely worth a credit.
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