“Yeah, yeah, it's my book...so I'm a credible source, trust me. ”M.C. Lavocat wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review is mostly from the wife. We read a chapter together in the car while running errands, and I enjoyed Lavocat's writing, but my wife is the one who can actually comment on the story.
Lavocat is a really engaging writer, and has an easy to follow tone in most places, though the "action" parts towards the end had a few muddled sequences. The wife was very happy with the quality of the editing. She noticed maybe 3 errors, TOTAL. For her, this is nothing short of miraculous.
She felt the story was a little weak, though. The opening introductions for the characters were a bit leading, and she found it jarring that it was all first person narration, except for a few scattered sections. I think she would have been happier if the second person had not been written first-person as well, or if the perspective had been cut completely, and worked in other ways, still through the main character's narration.
She found some of the side characters a little confusing and annoying, though that's a personal pet peeve of hers, since she avoids people with those sorts of touchy-feely, mock-demeaning humors, in real life. I would die laughing if one of her friends tried to spank her, or talk to her the way that the bff character, James, does.
Her biggest issue was the pacing of the story. The beginning felt rushed, there was little follow up on one of the main character's earliest big decisions, to drop out of school, and she was surprised that the paranormal element took so very, very long to enter in. I think we'd both expected it to weave through a little more consistently. But, it entered fairly late, and then overpowered the rest of the story in a pretty jarring way. Because of that, she said she enjoyed the first 2/3 of the story much more than the last 1/3, and wasn't satisfied with the ending.
To each their own, though. She said, overall, it was a pretty well done romance, and the writing was much more fluid and engaging than most of the other books she's read in the genre(which is, admittedly, not many.)
My personal pet peeve, in the section I read, was Lavocat's repeated phrases. There's one phrase in particular that appears so very many times in the novel, from so many characters, that the original joke about it gets lost. It sparked a good debate of what other filthy euphemisms for "hunk" could be used instead.
All of this having been said, this is the last time we try to tag-team a novel this steamy at the doctors office. I don't think she stopped blushing and glancing to see if anyone else saw what was on our kindle.
(I received a free copy of Control, in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.)”