I was given a book called Lasso the Stars by L. L. Neilsen to review for TLC Book Tours and today is my review date. So, my review: The main character is Dina, dying of cancer, who meets Gil, a handsome cowboy, who helps her ...live? Die? Lasso the Stars?
Positives: I read it all. It kept my interest.
Negatives: I just needed to be a different, less cynical, less atheistic person in order to actually enjoy it.
Positives: It was well-written and edited, with one or two really thoughtful paragraphs. It was a fast read; I believe I read it in just a couple of hours.
Negatives: It was a love story that included angels. I can't stress that enough. Angels.
*shhhh ...and they had sex*
Positives: It showed death as a beautiful transition instead of an end.
Negative: I believe death is the ultimate end.
Positive: It is a very romantic book.
Negative: It is a very romantic book.
Speaking as a woman who is actually living with a terminal illness, I just need to say that taking long walks and meeting attractive new men to have sex with is not on my list of things to do. Neither the walks, nor the men - none has made it to Bucket List Status. A good day for me is one in which my laxatives and painkillers both work. So, if the story didn't have angels in it, I still would have found it unrealistic.
If you like romances, and you like angels, and are spiritual, and think cliche'd cowboys with dusty jeans and aviator glasses who say y'all all the time are hot, I promise you that you will like this book. If you believe in angels that are sent from God to help dying people, you will like the way it is portrayed here. If you are all those things and know somebody who has died of cancer, it might even be comforting for you to look at death in this light. It might be the perfect book for you.
If you are like me, snarky, realistic, unromantic, skeptical, and cowboy and angel hating, you probably shouldn't bother.
I was just absolutely the wrong person to review it as it hit on every genre that I don't like. Obviously, death and cancer are not my favorite light reading materials these days: I'm more in the "how to" section with those. And angels and romance have never been on the list either. It was, to me, drivel. Not badly written drivel, but still...not my thing.
Which means, it will probably be made into a movie.