Hi everyone! I used to be a former Goodreads lover. Who has decided to move to BookLikes due to the recent changes to the GR site: that is, the decision of the management to delete reviews that talk about bad author behaviour.
It is important that we know of bad author behaviour and actions. We buy their books. I want to know whether Author A has decided to harass Reviewer A or encouraged fans to stalk Reviewer B.
I want to know this, the same way I wanted to know that a well known sporting good company had been using child labour in the production of some of its products. The same way the WHOLE WORLD wanted to know.
It is irrelevant that the author writes well, or that the said sporting good company produces good quality sporting goods. Our ethics and morals MATTER!
Now to discuss my reading habits:
I am very picky when it comes to books. I am a feminist and I think that shows in my reading list.
There are many things that bug me to death. But I'll always make an exception if the boy-girl standard is reversed. Dear world, that is MY double standard. I respect and champion authors who have the guts to do something different.
Firstly, I hate infidelity in novels.
Secondly, I hate it when the heroine is a virgin and the guy is an expert and skilled lover. I hate it when the heroine, for fated reasons, saves herself for someone who has been sowing his oats. It's not only overdone, old-fashioned and pathetic, but it also grosses me out like he is violating something so sacrosanct.
Thirdly, I might enjoy the occasional alpha-hero tendencies, but my true love lies with beta-heroes. Guys who are loving and sweet. Who don't feel the need to push around their women to make themselves feel more manly.
Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
Kate and her brother are outlaws. One day they are robbing a train and she comes across a man known as Jake Lassiter. What she doesn't realise that Jake has actually been sent to hunt her down.
I was initially intrigued with the idea of a worldly outlaw woman but I was quick to realise how mistaken I was. Kate is supposedly this innocent young thing, God knows how she managed to remain that way, but it certainly wasn't something I found realistic nor did I value it.
The main reason why my rating of this novel dropped so low was because of the rape at the beginning of the novel. I have said this countless of times and I'll say it again. I have read books where rape occurs. But I need for the authors to address it. I felt as though it wasn't addressed at all. There was a point about three-quarters of the way through when Kate says to Jake that he 'practically raped' her. But that was it! Where was the apology and there was nothing 'practically' about it. He raped her. His only excuse is that he thought she was an experienced woman, as if even if she was, that would have made it okay?
I thought Kate had zero backbone. Jake treated her so very poorly all the way throughout the novel, but all Kate managed to do was screech and scream. It's such a stereotypical portrayal of women, that they can only nag. And nothing happened in the rest of the novel that got rid of the distaste I felt.
Although, after having finished the novel, I looked through it's information and I realised that it was published in 1992. I also realised that the author has recently written some contemporary romances. So I think maybe her recent romances might be more to my taste.
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley and BelleBooks