So, I totally adored last summer's shorter-story version of this. I loved Ash and Jackson's chemistry--both when they're fighting and when they're putting that emotion to other uses...
I was so excited that there would be more to their story that perhaps a let-down was inevitable.
The first half of the book felt like it hadn't even been edited. (Which, when it's a free story, I'm perfectly willing to overlook. But when I paid $7.99 for it (which is pretty ridiculously high for a 60k-ish word ebook!) I expect higher quality.)
The second half read much more smoothly, but felt like one of the [b:Conquest|7052147|Conquest (Conquest, #1)|S.J. Frost|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1306185424s/7052147.jpg|7303031] books just with names changed. Ash suddenly turned into Evan, the main characters are all exceptionally nice guys who of course all deserve happy endings, and the entire From Ashes band begins speaking with a country lilt to their voices.
It wasn't bad. I actually enjoy the Conquest series very much, in a fairy-tale-perfect-happy sort of way. I just wasn't expecting this book to turn into that.
All of the fire seemed to go out of Ash and Jackson's relationship. They no longer even bicker once we get to the second half of the book. Everything is wonderful and they're both perfectly understanding and are able always to say the perfect thing (not only to each other, but to the press in support of each other, too) to balance each other out. If I wanted to read more about Evan and Ethan, I would have picked Conquest back up. I wanted more of Ash and Jackson. And I don't feel like I got it.
Anyway, like I said, it wasn't a bad book, just not what I'd hoped for.
3.5 stars, rounded down for not having edited the first halfFavorite Quote:"Fuck. I suddenly feel the need to find a flower-covered hill to run down
Little House on the Prairie style."