Where do I start with this book. Having this book was set in Australia was one of the reasons I decided to read it but I had no clue that they would end up in Wagga Wagga, a town I grew up in. It was hard to miss that the places mention in this novel, do no existed but this is fiction so I kept reading. The thing that disappointed me was the language, it was like the author had read an Australian slang book and tried jam them all into one book. Let's just say as an Australian we don't talk in slang. That wasn't the only thing that bugged me was also the way Jake Henry spoke. Like when he said he can't wait to have a naughty with Laurlyn. I don't know anyone who speaks like that. So the two stars are mainly because I like Jake Henry so much. I hope the next book is a little better.
I don't know why I bought this book exactly. Perhaps I read that it was set in Australia or even precisely Wagga Wagga. This is where I live now and have been connected to this city since 1954. Since I received my Kindle back in 2010, I have read thousands of books and this would rate as one of the worst. I have only read 12% of the book but am not going any further. Mind you I nearly gave up on page nine when the two girls exited the "jetbridge" in Wagga Wagga. Surely the author did some research! We do not have jet bridges because the planes are small prop ones and when the door is opened we walk down steps (which are let down from the plane) then proceed to the terminal along the Tarmac and footpaths. The other gripe I have which is rather obvious if one spends anytime here, is that we refer to our city as Wagga. Using the name twice is correct of course but usually only ever for the first time or on formal occasions. Having read several other negative reviews, I must agree that the book is sloppy in its presentation as if it had no proper editing to keep it succinct and to the point. I can't believe that it was accepted and published in three parts.
I like this story, I like Jack and Laurelyn, I like that this part is set in Australia (since I am a Aussie). But ... there has to be one ... the writing lacks warmth, it feels a little stilted, the story doesn't flow easily. Perhaps it is the writing style. Perhaps this story needs some re-writing to make it what it has the potential to be - great. Let's see what the next instalment brings.