REVIEW: All My Life by Rucy Ban

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Rating: 2.5 stars

This is a story about Kari – a girl who was taken advantage of when she was younger and has been paying the price for it for years, until she meets Neil – the one that teaches her that she can trust again and find love.

Although my rating is what it is, I want to highlight what I really enjoyed about this book so I’m just going to jump right in.

The best parts of the book are the interactions between Kari and Neil. I loved them together and couldn’t wait until they were in another scene with one another. This author knows how to write STEAM and SEXUAL TENSION. Here are just a few examples:

His lips move to my ear and he nibbles at it playfully. “You want me to be bad?” The raspy edge in his voice makes my stomach clench. Maybe it shows on my face, because he says “I think my Angel likes me bad.” I have a witty retort right on the tip of my tongue but it’s completely forgotten as he nips and bites my ear in a way that makes my heart pound and my breath heavy.

His hands crush me to him, moving down my back until he lifts me and puts me up on the counter. I clasp my legs around his torso and he breaks from my lips to mutter in a hoarse voice, “Tighter, Angel.”

Sadly, I must say that’s where my enjoyment ends. This story had so much potential. I liked the concept – it was different than other books that are out there – but it just never was fully developed. I never got the answers or explanations to my questions – and there were a lot of them. All I got where on the surface descriptions of what was happening. I never got the in depth answers to tie everything and everyone together. This made me not feel really connected to the story.

Another issue was that the first two chapters had me scratching my head in confusion. As I started this book, I found that the synopsis did not really give me that great of a picture of what I was getting into. All I knew about this book when I started it was what was in the synopsis, but after finishing the first two chapters I was wondering if I was reading the same book. I had no idea where this book was going. For one, time frame was confusing and was never really ironed out. The synopsis mentions 17 year old Kari, but she was 17 maybe for a chapter – I think? Then she’s going to be graduating from college for the rest of the book. Are you confused? So am I. Maybe I’m asking too much and maybe it doesn’t matter. But I care about those things. I want to know all the details so that the book can play out like a movie in my head.

And then the phrases, terminology and humor were a little over my head. I know the author lives outside of the US, but it was hard to me to understand what she was trying to say. Maybe this is an editing issue or maybe this book is geared towards a market other than US readers, but because I didn’t understand – I felt confused about what was going on.

Finally, some of the things that happened in this book felt like they literally came flying out of left field. Add on top of that – there was never any resolution to any of these things. For example, Neil – his profession totally came out of no where. And then the things he wanted to do instead – a dance studio, a drive in theater. Huh? There were also two friends Kari met while in school, Danny and Tatiana. What purpose did they serve other than two people Kari ate lunch with? Finally, Kari’s job – she walked into Agnas’ tattoo parlor and just decided to learn to tattoo without ever having one and without knowing what she was doing.

I feel bad. I wanted to like this book. I actually really liked the characters themselves and the interactions between them. The author really did that extremely well – have I mentioned how hot the sexual tension is?!?! But, it just never delivered for me.

2 stars for the story and 4 stars for the sexual tension, but sadly without a good story, I have to give it 2.5 stars.

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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