One of our Book Nerd Lent Challenges was to choose a book for another Book Nerd to read. I used this great opportunity to have Jacque finally read one of my most favorite books ever. In return, she made me read about Fabio in a kilt. No, it's not fair. She clearly got the better end of the deal.
The book Jacque chose for me was Between by Cyndi Tefft. She actually hadn't read it, but Teri has and I believe she gave it 5 stars. Well, this will be another one of those scenarios of Book Nerds division, because at most, it gets 2 stars from me.
Here's the Goodreads summary: "It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water's life isn't alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent. After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates. Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven's siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries."
It was Just. Too. Much. All of it. Let's start with Aiden MacRae. It's one of those scenarios like the chicken vs. the egg. I don't know what came first. Does he remind me of Fabio because I think he's overdone and trying to hard to sexy and perfect? Or is he overdone and trying to hard to sexy and perfect, thus making him a Fabio in my eyes?! And the accent! I understand he's Scottish and he has one, but I've read several books with hot Scottish men and didn't want to groan because every word was over-affected.
Plus, there's the slightly annoying "I've known you appoximately 3 minutes but I already love you soooo much that I want all your babies and would take a bullet for you and you can do no wrong EVER" factor. Call me a cynic. I believe in attraction it first sight. A connection of sorts. But deep, undying, unending, unquestioned love? That takes more than the, what, DAY it took Lindsey & Aiden. (On a side note, perhaps this is another reason I'm Team Jacob?)
Anyway, so Lindsey falls in love with Aiden after .2 seconds and decides "Forget heaven! I wanna hang out with Fabio!" And he tells her about his past (long story short and non-spoilery: he screwed up) and of course Lindsey is all, "That's okay! You're amazing!" and then the two of them start traveling to different periods in time and the book seemingly has no plot for several chapters while they just kinda wander around.*
*I do want to address the traveling, because that IS cool. Basically, they can both go to any place where one of them has been before. So, he takes her to an old school fancy ball and to Paris. She takes him to a nice night she had with her family. But as an outsider, she sees that the way she remembers it is really happier than it actually was. That was interesting.
Anyway, then after knowing each other like a day or two something happens that I won't reveal because it's spoilery, but it relates to my rant up above, and I was done! I gave it more than 100 pages like I try to do with all books, but I couldn't give it more than that.