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Sticks and Stones eBook ´ Sticks and  Kindle - Another 4 star for me from my 3rd Susie Tate book I started this series with Broken Heart Syndrome, then Beyond Repair and had to continue with this one I like all the characters and was happy to visit with all of them in the 3 books These books are standalone, but the characters are all friends and somewhat interconnected, so readers can still catch up with other favorites.It took a long time for Dylan to figure out his feelings for Lou And, Lou is no doormat she held her head up and didn Another 4 star for me from my 3rd Susie Tate book I started this series with Broken Heart Syndrome, then Beyond Repair and had to continue with this one I like all the characters and was happy to visit with all of them in the 3 books These books are standalone, but the characters are all friends and somewhat interconnected, so readers can still catch up with other favorites.It took a long time for Dylan to figure out his feelings for Lou And, Lou is no doormat she held her head up and didn t whine Enjoyed all three books Broken Heart Syndrome is still my favorite My only question now is when is the next book I had to think about the rating I believe part of my problem is that I didn t realize I was starting in the middle of a series There were lots of characters I felt I should know It wasn t hard to follow the story, but with these sorts of things the reader is usually happy to catch back up on a previous couple character In my case, I had no clue who these people were I m sure I missed out there.I picked this up because it was rec d on a groveling thread It kept me interested and the Welsh s I had to think about the rating I believe part of my problem is that I didn t realize I was starting in the middle of a series There were lots of characters I felt I should know It wasn t hard to follow the story, but with these sorts of things the reader is usually happy to catch back up on a previous couple character In my case, I had no clue who these people were I m sure I missed out there.I picked this up because it was rec d on a groveling thread It kept me interested and the Welsh setting was refreshing However, I never really felt the romantic love between the main couple.The heroine has secretly been in love with the hero for 10 years, since they were both undergrads During this time they were close friends, but for a time Dylan even thought he was in love with Lou s best friend Dylan has basically treated Lou like one of the guys for years He tells her about his sexual exploits which are numerous and they drink and joke around together However, during all this time there is no indication that Dylan has anything for Lou He thinks she s hot and has had a few naughty thoughts about her, but by his own admission he s had a few dirty thoughts about pretty much every female he s ever known At the time the book opens he is around 30, but acts like he s still a college freshman.Lou has put her entire love life on hold since college because of her unrequited love She had one awkward experience with a teenage boyfriend and since has been celibate as she pines for horndog Dylan She copies notes for him when he ditches class and later covers for him and picks up his slack on the job Her situation is somewhat understandable because she was raised in an abusive environment where she could never gain the love approval of her mother In a sad way, it makes sense that she d transfer her search for affection to another emotionally unavailable person Basically, Dylan proves over and over again that he is an impulsive child who suffers from diarrhea of the mouth which causes a lot of damage to Lou There are times I wanted to kill him, but he s not unlikable He s the type of guy everybody likes He s just not someone you take very seriously or count on If I needed a doctor, I d pray he wasn t on call since he d most likely be hungover or trying to get in the nurse s pants.As far as the grovel Dylan does try very hard to show he s sorry for hurting Lou and essentially derailing her career when he has one of his childish tantrums Problem is, this is a pattern for him There are multiple instances of him doing saying the stupidest things The book spans over a year, so we are supposed to see him grow up and quit being such a irresponsible child but I m not sure it worked for me If I want to read an immature story, I would have read my niece s short story project. Spoilers aheadFirst of all this felt like it was written in a different language, added to the fact that I have to skip to the glossary to get the meaning of the words that were actually in another language and I was already regretting even cracking this thing openThen the h is the pining doormat type who had some great moments but lost her greatness due to her love for the H.listen this is PATHETIC If one is pining couldn t it be after someone who was deserving This guy was an asshol Spoilers aheadFirst of all this felt like it was written in a different language, added to the fact that I have to skip to the glossary to get the meaning of the words that were actually in another language and I was already regretting even cracking this thing openThen the h is the pining doormat type who had some great moments but lost her greatness due to her love for the H.listen this is PATHETIC If one is pining couldn t it be after someone who was deserving This guy was an asshole who hurt and embarrassed her, who she s wanted for years, who fancied himself in love with their friend and considered the h high maintenance I mean what does that say about her That she d even want someone like that Omg gurlllllllllThis guy Lol hulk smash he was a horrid, hurtful, lazy, disgusting, selfish, petulant manwhore who I hated If this is a romance book hero I might as well start reading mysteries because I don t wanna read romance any Yes yes he flipped his script but by that point I already hated him and there s no going back I read ONE review of another book by this author and accidentally started this one first..there won t be a second Maybe I shouldn t write a review since I gave up a little over the 10% mark, but I thought I d share why I did not finish this one anyway Right off the bat, the hero is presented as a womanizer Quotes If he weren t careful he would succeed in alienating the entire female staff of every hospital in South Wales before his rotation was over The last three months he had been at his most prolific, spurred on by the mind numbing boredom of elderly care This is in reference to how many women h Maybe I shouldn t write a review since I gave up a little over the 10% mark, but I thought I d share why I did not finish this one anyway Right off the bat, the hero is presented as a womanizer Quotes If he weren t careful he would succeed in alienating the entire female staff of every hospital in South Wales before his rotation was over The last three months he had been at his most prolific, spurred on by the mind numbing boredom of elderly care This is in reference to how many women he s slept with lately.One page later To be honest there were very few females that Dylan hadn t at some stage visualized having sex with Doesn t the author want her readers to find her hero likeable.And this little bit shortly after he also considered sex one of his life s callingsIs this before or after being a goddamn orthopaedic surgeon on his list of priorities.On top of being a manwh re, he s also clueless and wonders why he often thinks about the heroine, even when he s with other women how respectful to the other ladies or why it annoys him when other guys look at her What is he 10 He s got the emotional quotient of an earthworm.And another trait I hated he s so stinkingly selfish, I wanted to slap him across the head about 8 times by the time I reached chapter 4 For instance, he notices the heroine has lost weight because she s been running around thus skipping lunch making up for the fact that he s too lazy to do anything like, printing out the patients list , yet he doesn t quite think he should make any effort because it wasn t his fault he was being forced to suffer through six months of a specialty he had absolutely no interest in I don t think I ve read a book with a bigger a hole as a main character, quite frankly I d like to give him a trophy for being the worst hero ever written in a romance novel Seriously.Last comment Im going to make about this book the way it s been written, everything is spelled out for you there s no reading between the lines, everything is explicitly said As if I were lacking the ability to understand and draw proper conclusions from implicitly written words or something So that sums up why I decided to trash this book and never look back H was totally unredeemable Friends to Lovers Check Unrequited Love Check Angst meter at 100% Check This book has all those things that I like in a romance ButI realize that I gave this book 4 stars I loved a lot of things about this book The characters are interesting I love the behind the scenes at the hospital This book grabbed me and pulled me under There may be some minor spoilers When it was over I still felt like something was missing Lou has a crush on Dylan for 10 years 10 years I just cou Friends to Lovers Check Unrequited Love Check Angst meter at 100% Check This book has all those things that I like in a romance ButI realize that I gave this book 4 stars I loved a lot of things about this book The characters are interesting I love the behind the scenes at the hospital This book grabbed me and pulled me under There may be some minor spoilers When it was over I still felt like something was missing Lou has a crush on Dylan for 10 years 10 years I just couldn t wrap my head around someone who would pine away for someone for so long and not tell him or at least move on with her own life And Dylan Dylan is a total manwhore just tripping through life He treats Lou pretty badly Dylan, Grow up and Man up PLEASE What is it that Lou still sees in him Explain this to me.Lou does finally take control of her own life by getting some distance from Dylan But the book just glosses this over by saying One year later I get it that a year has passed and that during that time Lou and Dylan will have made some personal changes But as a reader I didn t get the sense of any of that happening You just turn the page and it s a year later and now Dylan has his head on straight I could ve used a littlecharacter development so we could see HOW Dylan had changed and WHY So in the end, I still really loved this book I loved the romance of it I really like Susie Tate s writing and I loved her first book Broken Heart Syndrome But this book needed just a little bit Brilliant follow up to Broken Heart Syndrome I absolutely loved Dylan, Susie Tate did a fantastic job of bringing him to life In my head his dialogue reads like Huw Stephens I do love me a valleys boy And The next book in the series will be Sam and Katie s The little hints that the author has made regarding the next book sound amazingKatie s mind flashed to Sam Yes grumpy and broody and mysterious pretty much summed him up she thought, and bloody rude Katie knew that she talked tooBrilliant follow up to Broken Heart Syndrome I absolutely loved Dylan, Susie Tate did a fantastic job of bringing him to life In my head his dialogue reads like Huw Stephens I do love me a valleys boy And The next book in the series will be Sam and Katie s The little hints that the author has made regarding the next book sound amazingKatie s mind flashed to Sam Yes grumpy and broody and mysterious pretty much summed him up she thought, and bloody rude Katie knew that she talked too much, got too overexcited and was generally a bit of a goof, but there wasn t really anyway to hold it in Lord knows she tried around Sam She tried to talk less, not snort when she laughed as she was wont to do but it was just too hard, her personality was just too much to containPerfect much I can t wait to read it 1.5 Sticks and Stones has one of the cruellest heroes I ve come across His behaviour gets so bad that I stopped asking why she would love him at all, but why doesn t she kill him already.The blurb says For Lou it was always Dylan and the story pretty much repeatedly hits you over the head with it It takes years to get to the so called happy ending And not only there isn t enough grovelling from him but something bad has to happen to the heroine as if she didn t get enough crap throughout 1.5 Sticks and Stones has one of the cruellest heroes I ve come across His behaviour gets so bad that I stopped asking why she would love him at all, but why doesn t she kill him already.The blurb says For Lou it was always Dylan and the story pretty much repeatedly hits you over the head with it It takes years to get to the so called happy ending And not only there isn t enough grovelling from him but something bad has to happen to the heroine as if she didn t get enough crap throughout the book.As for those GR labels, they couldn t have beenmisleading as far as I am concerned This book is neither funny nor romantic I can t find a single reason why would the hero get friendship from her, let alone love Other characters are not bad and there is an interesting kid somewhere in the story so not everything will make you sad or angry For Lou it was always Dylan She loved him from the moment they first met across a cadaver in the dissection room at medical school The most gorgeous man she d ever laid eyes on, with Welsh charm than you could shake a stick at she was a goner But Lou, despite her beauty, was just too extrovert to interest Dylan, who was convinced that a quiet, shy girl, like Lou s best friend Frankie, was much his styleHave at it mate but I ve got two words for you high maintenance Don t think I d mind putting in the hard yards maintaining that piece of arse, one of Dylan s disgusting rugby mates replied Well good luck to you, Dylan returned, looking completely relaxed now that they were discussing Lou and not his precious Frankie I like mine heavy on the sweet and light on the ball breaking bitch, but each to his ownAfter overhearing that exchange, Lou buries her pain and pines for him in private, but she can t give up their friendship One night, eleven years later, she finally gets what she has been longing for, but the next morning realizes he was too drunk to even remember For Dylan it was always anyone but Lou A born surgeon, Dylan resents having to down his orthopaedic power tools for a six month spell in Elderly Care He thought that at least working with Lou would make his skiving easier after all she s always helped him out before And so what if he s been having these weird dreams about her since he woke up in her flat It s not like he d ever actually go there So when he mistakenly believes that she s put his career in jeopardy he loses control and his vicious insults, publicly made, cut Lou to the bone It s only after he loses Lou s warm smiles, dry wit, boundless energy and outrageous banter from his life that he realizes the extent of his stupidity Maybe sticks and stones can break bones, and that s something Dylan s surgical skills can deal with But when it s a heart he s broken This book is a full length contemporary romance romantic comedy medical romance of approximately , words It is part of a series, involving characters from Broken Heart Syndrome , but can be read as a stand alone novel About The Author Susie Tate is a general practitioner and when she s not working she s looking after her four yummy boys under five okay well one is actually over thirty five but it s the mental age that counts Maybe it s a bit strange for a doctor to be writing contemporary romance romantic comedy, but she thought she could use her experience to write what she hopes are funny, occasionally bittersweet stories that give people a behind the scenes look at hospital medicine She can only apologize to her orthopaedic friends for the way she has brutally stereotyped them in this book but she just couldn t resist

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