Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Review ~ These Battered Hands by Laurel Ulen Curtis

These Battered HandseARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 29th 2015

Publisher: Seelf-published


Blood, sweat, hard work, and a disconcerting lack of tears—my entire life—was meant to culminate in a flourish of glory and significance.
I’d thought I’d always known exactly what that meant.
But I’d had the timing wrong by about three minutes.
I knew now.
This moment wasn’t everything. The one person I found myself wanting more than anything during it was.


One preconceived notion can haunt you for the entirety of your life.
I thought I owed it to myself and to everyone who’d ever backed me to do what was expected. What was right. What I was supposed to do.
But nothing is forbidden in love. Not circumstances or propriety or the denial of the object of said affection.
I knew now.
This was it.
If I wanted it, I had to take it.

My Opinion

I'm not really sure what to say about this book. I didn't hate it and I didn't love it so I'm stuck in that awkward position of trying to describe my feelings towards something when there's very little to describe.

These Battered Hands is a tough one for me. I don't know why, but I didn't connect with it. The whole way through I felt very distant and I couldn't engage with the characters. I didn't feel the chemistry between Nik and Callie. Honestly, though, I can't tell you why. I liked the idea and concept, it just didn't work for me.

Saying that something about it kept me reading. I did consider giving up at around 44% because things were moving too slowly and I felt too distant. Regardless, I stuck with it and was thankful the second half was more enjoyable. Although I didn't feel their emotions, I liked watching the drama unfold.

Overall it's a book that didn't work for me. It isn't a bad read and it may work for you so if it sounds interesting consider it.


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