April 20, 2014

Title: Pretty Little Things
Author: Teresa Mummert
Publisher: self-published
Published: March 11, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: I was young enough not to understand that my life was different. Colin became the one person that I could count on to protect me. He suffered for the both of us by carrying the burden of our secret.
We were the lucky few that got a chance to start over. A fake family, a new home and a pretty little life built on lies. But while our lives continued to intertwine, we were put on very different paths. Now it was only a matter of time before they collide and the beast behind the beauty is exposed.

First Thoughts: 3.5 stars I really enjoyed Pretty Little Things, and found myself so drawn to Colin and Annie’s story. Trying to get past their previous lives while trying to keep a sizzling romance at bay was a great combination.

Plot, Pacing, and Style: Colin and Annie got the chance to have a fresh start after escaping a very horrific past, and you can read the description in the synopsis if you need a little more detail. This story definitely had some parts that could be very sensitive for some people, so please be warned that it was not all warm and fuzzy. While these events happened in the past to the characters, the flashbacks were real enough.

It all happened fairly quickly, which was good in some ways because I wanted the story to move along. However, at the same time I wanted more detail so that it would have drawn out the romance which would have allowed me to savor some of that sexual tension even more. This was told in multiple POVs, and I will just let you know that it wasn’t just Colin and Annie, we got POV from another character as well.

Main Characters: Colin was so delicious, so multidimensional, and I totally fell in love with him. Excuse me while I take a moment to daydream about his epic swooniness. I’m going to continue: he was so complicated, dark, brooding, filled with regret and self-loathing, but so fiercely protective of Annie. I could go on and on and on with all his qualities, but like I said he was so complicated so there isn’t a one word answer to describe him.

Annie was a great character as well, and while I really liked her I wished I had gotten to know her better. She was very brave and totally trusting of Colin, which was sweet (and hot). Her relationship with him was really interesting, and I was dying for more insight and thoughts for how she felt about him. Not just at the end where she put it all out on the table.

There were also some other characters that I wish had been expanded upon. Instead they ended up seeming extraneous.

Romance/Chemistry: I loved the sexual tension in this story. But yet I never felt totally satisfied with the romance which is why this part of my review is going to be a mixed bag. While the romance was fantastic with a great build up, I found it was just shy of leaving me satisfied. I felt like there were so many times and situations the attraction could have been elaborated on with more detail, as well as either a longer or even an additionitional scene. Basically more more more!

Title/Cover: I love both. The title comes up a bit in the story and every time it was perfect. I also love, love, love the cover and would be lying if I didn’t tell you that it was THE thing that drew me to the book in the first place. Visually, it’s gorgeous and striking.

Ending:  Things wrapped up so I got my HEA…but I wasn’t even close to letting it be over.

Gripes/suggestions: Too short! So much of the story was like a teaser and wish so many of aspects of the story had been developed more. I also don’t think we needed Jacob’s POV in there. I didn’t feel like it added anything to the story. He wasn’t a close enough friend to have an impact.

Final Thoughts/Rec it? Yes, just be prepared to want more!

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