Carter Reed by Tijan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Not this author’s best
I hate to give a low rating to an author I’ve otherwise liked, but I cannot rate Carter Reed higher than two stars. It most definitely didn’t do it for me.
There were considerable technical issues with this book, to include a serious lack of development of the relationship between Carter and Emma, inconsistencies in the story (for example, he “tests” her when they reunite to make sure it is really her, and then shortly thereafter admits he has been watching her for years and thus would have known it was her). There was a memorable scene where the same character (Ben) had the same surprised reaction, over and over, to one decision Emma had made. I am referring to the scene where Emma tells them that she has to go away for a little while, if you’re curious.
There were multiple instances where a character told the reader (or another character) how they felt, but that feeling or reaction was so out of left field and without context that I was left scratching my head as to how they would have reacted that way.
Another scene that threw me off was when Emma is in Theresa’s apartment for the first time, and Noah shows up. When Theresa runs to the ladies room Noah asks Emma if she is trying to get in with Theresa for her money. Even though he knows she is set up all pretty in a fancy apartment with designer clothes and a driver courtesy of HIS friend. He laughs at himself that he forgot about her “connections,” and then muses that maybe Theresa is after Emma for HER money. Even though he had confirmed moments before that Theresa is not aware of her connection to Carter, and thus is not viewed as a person with money. The whole exchange was nonsensical, and made Noah come across as pretty dumb.
Emma is in first-person POV, Carter is in third-person. Whether or not it was intentional I can’t say, but I don’t care for it. It distracted me.
In another scene Emma is taken back to Carter’s apartment following a gunfight, “swaying” in her weakened state, and is guided to a stool. Carter tells her to go take a shower, to which she replies “I can’t walk.” So… somewhat recently she sees her roommate being actively raped, shoots the guy, and manages to keep going pretty well. At a younger age she witnessed her brother get beaten to death with a bat. She crawled out of her hiding spot on her own. But now, seeing a gunfight in which she did not participate and during which no one she knew was injured, she goes into shock and can’t walk or hold herself up.
At 42% I determined that, for the first time, I had encountered a heroine that triggered my TSTL alarm.
I hope this review does not come across as nitpicky- that is not my intention. I consider it even more important to be specific with a negative review than a positive one. I made some notes while reading this book, and then waited a day to rate it so I had time to think about it further.
Regrettably, I do not personally recommend this book.
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Carter Reed by Tijan