“The Price of Love” by Maggi Craft

 photo 23438336_zpsdc967b36.jpgArden Simms—an average twenty-five-year-old med student—is headstrong, independent, and spends most of her time consumed by her studies. The last thing she wants is a romantic relationship that could cause her life to veer off track.

Slayde Price is gorgeous, kind, and well on his way to fame and fortune. But the shallow people he’s surrounded by in Paris have started to bore him, and he’s contemplating a way out of his contract so he can return home.

Their worlds collide when Arden flies to Paris to visit her sister—and finds that her selfish younger sister has struck again, leaving Arden alone in a strange city with no place to stay. When Slayde bumps into Arden, his ex-girlfriend’s sister, on a crowded street, he decides he may just want to stay in Paris a little longer.

Before long, Arden realizes that ignoring her feelings for Slayde isn’t as easy as she’d thought it would be.

I received a copy of this book from the author, Maggi Craft’s publicist in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

Let me first start off this review by saying I have taken awhile to really consider how to word things.  I hate it when I don’t LOVE a book, because then I’m left with the task of giving a low rating.  But, I have taken the vow of being a 100% Honest, Kind and fair…and that’s what the author and my followers will receive. Just keep this in mind, it is MY opinion. I see this book has some 5 stars, so obviously not everyone agrees with me.  My favorite quote describes it perfectly: “In a sense, one can never read the book that the author originally wrote, and one can never read the same book twice.”  

That being said, let’s move on. This book request was submitted to me as a Contemporary Romance, so that is how it will be reviewed.  However I felt it read more like a Young Adult novel, but even if it were that, I would’ve still had the same issues with it, but also concern over young people getting the idea this is how someone should act in a relationship.

A little background…Arden had a major crush on Slayde in school, however he dated her younger sister for a couple years and she dated his younger brother.  She also didn’t think he even knew she existed.

Okay, now that I’ve done that, let’s start off.  The book opens up with a VERY detailed description of Slayde. Anyone who is familiar with my reviews knows this is a little pet peeve of mine.  But at least it was just in the very beginning and I was able to make my way past it. I’m assuming the author just wanted us to know how absolutely perfect and Godlike he was.

Throughout the book it kept getting mentioned and stressed how Arden didn’t think Slayde knew she existed.  This would be more believable had her sister not dated him and she his brother.

Honestly, I’m just going to cut to the chase…Arden annoyed the shit out of me.  I absolutely did NOT like her.  Slayde wants to spend time with her, flirts with her and she keeps saying how he doesn’t even know she exists or brings up high school.  Then once she can’t pretend any longer that he doesn’t like her and they actually start dating, she breaks up with him every other page.  Her excuse is always how he doesn’t really like her or how afraid she is.

Even when he is flying from Paris to the states to see her every weekend, even after he gives her an engagement ring, she breaks up with him the second she finds a reason to…because he doesn’t really like her of course.  She gets mad at every stinking little thing and the couple times I can kind of understand her jealousy, she just writes him off without ever giving him the chance to even explain.  At VERY least confront him so you can watch him try to lie his way out of it.  But guess what, once he finally gets a chance to explain it, she believes him, because Slayde wouldn’t lie.

What really ticks me off is the deal with Eric.  Fine he gets a little pushy in trying to win her over…and even gets disrespectful. Those times Slayde will stick up for her to defend her honor, then she dumps him for it. Ugh. She finally is mean enough to him he tries to move on…But THEN she has the gall to be upset because Eric is no longer chasing after her!!!???  GRRRR!!!!

After ALL the breakups, I’m not kidding, there are at LEAST 20 times, we finally get her to the point where she’s about to walk down the aisle….then….we’re left with a cliff hanger.  At this point, I don’t care how this series ends.  If I were allowed to write the ending, I’d have him standing at the altar with Kenedy and the minister saying I now pronounce you husband and wife.  The author tried to make her look like the selfish, bitchy sister we were all supposed to hate and instead did an amazing job at making us hate the 26yr old, smart, responsible, soon to be doctor.

The only person I truly liked was Milly. She’s Arden’s best friend and even she gets fed up after awhile with Arden’s crap.  I would say I liked Slayde, but any man who would keep coming back like a puppy dog the way he does, even when he KNOWS he’s getting the shaft, doesn’t deserve my respect or adoration.

Final Thoughts:  The author has a talent…she truly does. If she didn’t she wouldn’t be able to create a character I hate so much.  AND I admit, I did finish the book, so it had enough something something to make me keep turning the pages. I also believe Maggi Craft has potential, but my recommendation is to lay off so much drama.  Readers read books to get lost in a story…they read Romance books to get lost in a romance…to escape our own lives, our own drama. We expect a little bit of hardship before the hero/heroine get their happy ending, but seriously, this was too much drama by the end of chapter 2 , let alone 10 LONG chapters worth. And then to not even give us an ending? Instead it’s a stay tuned?  If you REALLY wanted a series, you should have given us a happy ending as a reward for our patience with Arden, then had next book about Milly.

Because of the potential the story HAD, the fact I was able to finish it and the fact it still brought about emotions about the characters, I am giving this book 2 stars.

~Robin Malone

*NOTE: “The Price of Love” will be released in January 2015

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 4
  • Characterization – 2
  • Style – 2
  • Threshold Quality – 2
  • Addictiveness – 3

Total – 13

Rating – 2 Stars