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Underwater really was too slow to start and the little momentum it built about 2/3 of the way in, just couldn't redeem the slow plodding pace.
Candace is our main female lead, and for once she was reasonably intelligent, a successful business woman and confident in herself... except when it came to dealing with her slime ball of a brother, Monty.
The sad thing is, Candace was too snobby and bitchy, she was too used to the finer things in life and I felt she had little depth to her character. I couldn't get close enough to her to like her, or feel anything for her. While what Monty was doing was horrible, I just couldn't connect.
Monty was an all round manipulative and sleazy character... which was a good thing, but the problem was, he was so horrible I felt nothing for him either. And while that's not necessarily a bad thing to have a character the reader hates, what happens at the end really was an anti-climax after so much manipulation and general horribleness on Monty's part.
Overall, the story had way too much day-to-day minutiae that it almost felt like I was at work. The reading became a chore and that's really a bad sign. Where three paragraphs were taken to describe the communications between Candace and her team of staff, really could have been explained in two sentences with the same result.
I won't rush to read anything else by the author, this was just too slow and too shallow for my tastes.
A few things I noticed:
20% - ...make him a (delete a) more of a...
25% - ...that she was (delete was) wouldn't be gifting...
58% - ...want to pay for more(delete more) any more work...
**Note: I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**