“I lied to Hannah about the picture. I lied to her about a lot of things.”
With this warning, M. Pierce lures you into the story of Matt and Hannah. To be honest, both characters had moments, long moments, where they were very unappealing to me as a reader; Matt, at the beginning, and then Hannah, later on in the story. And, while we’re going for full disclosure, Matt’s situation at the beginning of the book (one of his many lies) will turn off a certain percentage of readers. Not every story is for every person. There are some things characters do that readers can’t overlook. Yes, I had my problems with the book. But, even with these two big caveats, the characters and the story grew on me.
This book was really a tale of two halves. The first half is a whirlwind of a romance. Matt and Hannah start off as writing collaborators, and turn quickly into a long distance email and phone flirtation. In the world of online dating, this probably won’t be an uncommon scenario to many readers. The jump from long distance to same town is so fast you’d think there was a warp drive or a tardis helping things along. Instead, it is one of those coincidences that you just have to set aside if you’re going to keep reading. If you’re used to books with a long, slow buildup, this will be quite a new experience. The first hookup is in the car, in front of her parent’s house. And, to be honest, it is hot. Very, very hot.
“Oh yeah?” Matt whispered in my hear. There it was—the cruel, sweet voice. The devil would have a voice like Matt’s. My legs turned to jelly. “You think they might be watching? How about your neighbors?”
The sex is hot throughout the rest of the first half of the book. And, as you might imagine, the lies Matt refers to as the book opens, come back to haunt him. The book gets a little melodramatic in the second half, but, by that time, you’re already caught up in the story.
I think this book will appeal to readers who enjoyed the damaged hero aspect of Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey, or who enjoy a young ingénue redefining herself both in and out of a new relationship. And, even though the pace is rapid, there is enough time to mix in some secondary characters who show some personality of their own.
While maybe not so practical in real life, everyone should experience the emotional rollercoaster of a whirlwind romance at least once. This was a very enjoyable ride.
Robin Bradford is a lawyer, a librarian and, most importantly, a longtime lover of words. You can check her out on Twitter @tuphlos, or on Unpaged.