Author: Nikki Rae
Series: Stand Alone (although earlier this was released as a serial novel in 3 parts)
Published: October 30, 2014
Source: Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Casey Williams and her family are poor. Her parents work non-stop and so does she, just so they can keep the trailer roof from leaking.
They’re getting by fine enough when the headaches start. Then there’s the nosebleeds. And the inevitable doctor’s bills.
Fortunately for Casey, there’s MyTrueMatch.com: an exclusive, quick, and almost easy way to pay it all back before her parents even have to know.
All she has to do is give a man she’s never met whatever he wants from her body.
Inside or out.
I love a good paranormal read as much as the next girl and getting something different from the norm is even better. And this was different, very different.
A whole new fresh approach to...well, actually I am not going to tell you since it is never actually spoken out loud, although it is implied and is very much obvious what beings we are dealing with early on, I will leave the discovering up to you. And while this was a whole new fresh approach to, well, supernaturals, I am not sure I was in love with it and before you get mad at me, let me explain why.
The writing was great, the storyline was even great, but the ending lacked something. Something that sadly was needed to make this truly a wonderful story for me. Maybe I am too use to my happily ever afters to appreciate when I don't exactly get the one I was expecting. I don't know, but however you want to label it, the ending left me feeling sad and almost angry at the whole story, no matter how well it was presented or written.
But then I took a step back and some time to really think about the story as a whole and I have to say, once I started comparing the metaphors of the octopus and seahorses (trust me, you will get this once you read it) and the lives of the characters, something clicked and I got it. I still wasn't happy about the ending because I DO like my HEAs but I was okay with it, or at least more okay with it than I had been.
Truly this was so well written and done and completely not the norm that if nothing else, I have to love it for those reasons alone. And okay, I don't love the ending but I did really like the story and I did really appreciate the beautiful writing so even though it pains me to give this three and a half stars, it definitely deserves it. I mean, I can't rate it lower because I wanted things to be better. I can't fault a book for bringing out emotions in me right?
So there you have it. A short read filled with a whole lot of emotion and not all of it good emotion but all of it beautiful.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*