This is a novel to be read for its erotic energy and electric sensuality, but it is unfortunately frequently hampered by over-the-top melodrama.
I had a hard time grading this book. On the one hand, the sensitive treatment of bi polar disease was great to read and I loved the message that this story sent. On the other hand, I struggled to really connect to either character this time around.
...best enjoyed in its proper place in the series, by a reader who is looking for an intense and dramatic sort of romance, rather than a light and fun piece of mind-candy.
This book is rated slightly higher than the sequel, mainly because there is more of substance going on both emotionally and in terms of plot in this book.
The plot is a bit thin and could use some more substantial tension between the main characters - as it is, most of the tension comes from simple failure to communicate.
A lively and entertaining travelogue, well worth reading, with a wry and mischievous lilt to it. Anyone who enjoys colorful characters and cultural collisions will like this book, and anyone who likes to cook will enjoy the appendix.
The plot is a bit predictable, and the hero's brooding sometimes leans towards the melodramatic but overall a satisfying and entertaining piece of mind-candy, with enough spice to make it interesting.
A sweet and deftly-handled modern fairy tale on a more adult level (Disney movies don't have sex scenes), with a sense of humor and an awareness that being a duchess (or a prince) isn't all about fancy clothing, lots of servants, and balls.
The action is fast-paced and lively, with steamy love scenes and an intriguing mystery to boot.
The concept behind this love story is a pretty standard romance novel trope; "man gives up on love due to trauma until beautiful, irresistible woman convinces him to give it another chance," and this is not the best version of that storyline.
"Real" does not read like a debut author wrote it at all. It’s very well edited, and professionally presented. Real was a wonderfully angsty, well written “mature new-adult” book.
While the story can be rather repetitive in its emotional patterns, overall its a vigorous, action-packed page-turner that can certainly provide an entertaining read for romance novel fans.
...a story that can break your heart and uplift it all at once. The main characters are beautifully-crafted - fully-realized, living, imperfect but beautiful human beings.
A marvelously chilling and beautifully written series, set in a post-apocalyptic world that lives and breathes. Howey does a magnificent job of bringing the Silo to life...