Normally I’d summarize the story sort of right here but the synopsis nails it. Best friends, one guy, he plays them both, they seek revenge. It sort of sounds a bit predictable. You KNOW the authors won’t seriously let two best friends end a relationship because of a guy. Right? Yea. It does play out like you’ll expect it to but with a few twists and turns thrown in for some added quirkiness.
Okay so these characters…I can’t remember the last time I hated a character as much as I hated Luke in this book. In the story, the two women are supposed to be falling head over heels for this guy, and he’s supposed to be this charmer who can make it happen. For me, he was just really a huge jerk. Obviously as a reader, you know what’s happening so you’re supposed to feel that way. But even his “charming, wooing” moments with each woman individually was so…yuck. I felt slimy reading any scene he was in. That takes us to the women, Savannah and Brooke. They’re amazing. They’re fun, witty, complete smartasses, and I love them. I want to be the third in their little pow wow. They’re both so different yet mesh so well together.
I think because I loved Savannah and Brooke so much, seeing what Luke was doing to them made me physically ill, but in a good way, sort of. The anticipation was just…too much. Seeing the close calls and the little web of lies Luke was weaving, it was all very intense. It was still a lot of fun to follow along with, but I was absolutely terrified to get to the point where they figure it out.
I was almost to my wits end because I couldn’t stand Luke, and was ready to call it a day, but then it happened. IT happened. The girls put 2 and 2 together, and began Operation Destroy Luke Wellington. Ahh, SO good! So much fun. These girls are creative and I was wow’d by their crazy ideas to make Luke crumble. The book did a complete 180 from that point on for me. I almost sort of wish they had cut to the chase and started that earlier, but I get how you wouldn’t have been as invested in their little scheme if you hadn’t experienced Luke’s asshole-ness to begin with. I get it, but I think it would have made for a much more entertaining book, rather than some parts that were almost too much angst and anticipation.
Here’s my one little thing, besides my hatred for Luke. I didn’t love the writing style in some parts. Some areas were fantastic. The authors pulled me in and I could swear I was sitting in the offices of Hourglass magazine. My complaint is that it felt like they jumped around a lot. They would go from ending a sex scene to the next sentence with the characters being on a plane, then the very next one is a week later. It didn’t flow quite right for me, not all of the time, but just every so often.
Overall, sigh… I liked Hourglass. I didn’t love it. I didn’t not like it. I don’t even know how to describe what I feel. It was a quick, fun read in some parts, and frustrating (could be seen as a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it) in other sections. I wanted Luke to get what was coming to him SO badly, and in the beginning when it just isn’t happening yet, I wanted to throw my Kindle. So if you’re wanting an exciting book that may make your tummy flip? This is the one. Go into it expecting to go through a wide range of emotions. It’s a lot to take in, but by the end, I was glad I read it.
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