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Zoe's need to always run away got a bit grating at times...
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2013
Zoe is an orphan, ex-foster child that is on the run, and has been almost her whole live. Her 'aunt' stole Zoe away from the horrible foster family she was living with - and they have been on the run ever since. Anytime they settle and Zoe begins to feel comfort and safety, it is immediately ripped from her by Pasha (the aunt) because they need to move because of safety reasons. So Zoe has now developed a need to perpetually run away from things when they get difficult for her.
Zoe is the love of Oliver's life (the story begins with them already in love). He is just about to propose to her, when she runs away.
The book focuses on Zoe's re-entrance in Oliver's life. How they work to heal their relationship, how Zoe learns to settle down. There are things that pop up from each other's past (and Pasha's) that is to add to the spice of the story.
Evan is Oliver's son and is an 8 year old genius with a photographic memory. The kid is a bit over the top in terms of not only being super smart, but intuitive as well.
I wanted to love this story. Had a lot of great elements in it. Oliver is the perfect man. Sexy, smart, kind, great dad, great lover, a doctor that wants to heal (not in the profession for the money), wants to do the right thing. Yeah - he's PERFECT.
Zoe is a bit of a mess. She is supposed to be funny, but I didn't find her funny at all. There are other books I've read where the the heroine is super funny - the dialogue makes you laugh out loud. Zoe isn't. She is just a bit sarcastic.
The storyline with Pasha was a bit nutty. The big reveal at the end of why she kept running was a bit silly. Few people have the far-reaching power of finding you, and Pasha's belief of how unsafe they were- just didn't work for me. I think she was overly paranoid and jumpy.
There was no need for them to run so much.
When we find out what Zoe's life was like (in foster care and with Pasha), you understand how much she fears loving things and wishing for roots. Because things have been perpetually ripped from her. Nothing has been permanent in her life (except for Pasha). BUT STILL...the running away from Oliver got SOOOOO annoying. This poor guy is throwing himself out there, over and over again, and she runs, over and over again. I can't believe he stuck with her for so long.
He is perfect. She is really really broken.
Pasha's character is supposed to be an almost ethereal being - she is supposed to be an 'intuitive' and a reader of the future. She just came off as a bit nutty and selfish. I think the author could have written her a bit more softly and with more depth. I didn't feel any deep running emotions for Pasha. Was kinda annoyed by her as well.
Again, I can see how people may like this book.
But I do not like long running issues that drag on in books - in this case, Zoe's need to perpetually run away when things get tough. Who would want to marry someone like that?
Also, Zoe burned Oliver SO BADLY in the beginning, he must be a super glutton for punishment that he was willing to go back again to her. And then again.
Must be the sex. There were a couple of scenes that were pretty steamy.
I am tempted to read another book, but am worried that it will have another 'issue' that drags for most of the book.
I just don't enjoy things like that. But if you do - then you should read this book.
This has a HEA, no cliffhanger, can be read as a stand alone book, and a nice epilogue.