About this book:
I thought I had it all until he came back.
Julian Caine, my childhood friend, was a short, scrawny thirteen-year-old boy
with thick glasses and a mouthful of braces the last time I saw him.
Fourteen years later, he’s no longer an awkward teen.
He’s all man.
A. Beautiful. Staggering. Drop-dead. Gorgeous. Man.
This is more than a fleeting attraction. I’ve spent too many sleepless nights obsessing over him while my fiancé sleeps next to me.
Then Julian makes a proposal I can’t ignore.
That’s all he’s offering.
If I say yes, will I finally have it all? Or will it be a prelude to disaster?
Release Date: 9th November, 2017
What I think?
Warning: Really ranty and bitchy review ahead.
Lina is lovely. Julian is hot. And this book is motherfucking cringey.
Never judge a book by it’s cover. They told me. But do I listen? Nope. I don’t think I need to explain why I picked this book up- that cover is gorgeous, and that blurb just had me salivating. But then I opened this book.
I’ll be honest and say that I DNF’ed it. And I’m not a DNF’er. I’ve read some really shitty books, and seen them to their endings. But I just couldn’t with Prelude. Just couldn’t.
I think we’ve all come across those characters who just plain suck. You know like how their vocabulary is restricted, and their thoughts are so boxed and reading them is just plain painful? Yeah, Lina was one classic example of such a character. I barely read past the 67% mark in the book, but already by that time I was so fucking frustrated with her that it became impossible for me to read further.
Why? Because she obsessed and repeated and repeated and repeated and went on and on and on about the same thing. Julian is a hot and beautiful. His eyes are beautiful, his hands are beautiful, his lips are beautiful, his legs are beautiful, his eyebrows are beautiful, and bla bla bla. I mean dude! When you call a person beautiful, usually their entire body is included in that, and not calling him beautiful in one interaction does not make him ugly. I guess Lina or Auden forgot that memo. But you know what they didn’t want us to forget? That he was an Englishman. He was an Englishman. An Englishman. Englishman. ENGLISHMAN.
Do you want an even better example? Read on-
He’s going to fuck her tonight. (First time it’s mentioned)
Me->You mean the guy you’re physically attracted to is going to sleep with someone else? I feel bad for ya hun.
He’s going to fuck her tonight. (Second time it’s mentioned)
Me->Yeah babe, I get it.
He’s going to fuck her tonight. (I lost count at this point)
Me->Bitch, I’m glad he’s sleeping with someone not as psychotically stupid as you.
And don’t even get me started on her stupid awkwardness. I mean there is an awkwardness that is just adorable, and then there is the awkwardness that is cringey. And every single one of Lina’s reactions to Julian fell in the later category. Even when Julian did nothing to provoke that kind of reaction. The best thing I can think of is the reason I finally decided to put this book down.
You know what Julian was doing? He was simply, and I quote “staring at the road ahead, his beautiful, large hands on the steering wheels, simply keeping to himself”, and the crazy chick starts, and I quote, “squirming uncomfortably in my seat, trying to occupy myself”. I repeat, he did nothing but mind his own bloody business, and she was acting like a creep getting all uncomfortable over what I still have no fucking idea.
There were so many fucking issues I had with her. Wait, actually let me list them down:
- She’s stupid, whiny, and an absolute bitch.
- She’s “lovely”. Everyone called her lovely. And I mean EVERYONE! And you know what? I didn’t find her lovely! You know what’s lovely? Flowers are lovely. Lovely is like “nice”. No one care’s about nice. And I don’t care about lovely! I’ve never hated that word more.
- Slut-shamer. Need I say more about this?
- I hate being in her head because of how her thoughts are absolutely mind-numbing! Like seriously, she killed my brain cells.
- Probably never went to school because her vocabulary is poorer than my niece who’s in 6th grade now (personal POV)
- Desperate to the point of annoyance. And desperation is not a good character train. I found her very weak and unable to make decisions for herself. The only reason she ended up leaving her fiance was because she fell in lust (and I deny calling it anything other than that) with Julian, who really wasn’t all that great a character himself.
OK maybe I should elaborate on that. See, in a bad book, if there’s even one redeemable character, the book can be saved. Now in this book, after already deciding that I hated Lina, I was counting on Julian to be that messiah. Turns out that was a wasted effort as well.
I couldn’t understand Julian’s motives. At first I thought that maybe he wanted Lina, but then he went and arranged a fuck-fest with amazon, and then he went and got jealous when Lina was flirting with his cousin, and then he went and fucked amazon anyways. CONFUSING! What does he want with her!
Simply put, this book sucked ass. Auden’s writing is repetitive, unimaginative and boring, to the point that I as a reader, had to stop myself from thinking of new ways of delivering that same sentiment she was so struggling to deliver. Which brings me to the editor- who ever was the editor to this book probably is not qualified to do their job or was really really drunk when they worked on this manuscript. Not that I’d blame them. If I had to make this book bearable, I doubt I could do a better job than this one. I’ll just say this- Auden shouldn’t write. She has no talent as a writer, and if someone told her she did, then they’ve probably never read anything better than an average book. I don’t recommend it to anyone.
About this author:
Auden Dar is a romance junkie. A former A&R music executive, Auden aspires to create the perfect, imperfect book boyfriend. Besides her family and erotic romance, Auden’s other passions include music, foreign films, stalking bulldogs, and learning how to cook like Nigella Lawson.