The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌍🌍
Character development: 😍😕🙃☺️🥰
The heroine: Mallory – Recent Yale Grad. She was at the top of her class. She moves to New York City with best friend and roommate after getting the best internship she applied for. Mallory’s first week in New York she meets a mysterious man.
The Hero(es): Miles (a.k.a. Oz) – he first sees Mallory while she is seventeen and at Yale. Though he knows she wouldn’t be ready for him yet. Oz is the man behind the curtain directing Mallory’s life so that she ends up in New York when she is ready for a relationship.
The story: Miles is very much a stalker in the beginning of the book and when he and Mallory start a relationship, he is every bit a jealous and possessive boyfriend with a bunch of secrets. Mallory feels that things are a bit off, but it is her first relationship and she kind of likes that he is jealous. She was a foster child so his possessiveness appeals to her. She never belonged to anyone before so when he says she is his, it warms her heart.
It is kind of funny how many things that happen in Mallory’s life look to be influenced by Oz while she keeps thinking things like how did he know this when I don’t remember telling him. Then she just forgets about it or rationalizes it away. While we as readers can see how many hands he has involved in her life and she has no idea. She seems naïve and a bit stupid for a Yale grad, but when you think about it, you can see how she has no idea and could easily rationalize things away rather than immediately think of more sinister machinations.
I have said this before and I will say it again. I have no clue why the things men do in a romance novel can be so sexy when in real life if a man I was dating did any of those things I would kick him to the curb the first time. In this book Oz does so many crazy things, but it just seems like love and you can’t help but root for him.
As for the narration, It was great! It was done by Jay Crow and Summer Morton. I have heard her narrate other books as well. She is very good and has a voice that is great for someone in their twenties. She is intelligent sounding and yet can do naïve virgin as well. Jay Crow has a nice deep romantic voice that I could listen to all day!
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