Review: Freefall by Tess Oliver00:00
Author: Tess Oliver
Date of publication: 8 Aug 2013
Genre/themes: New Adult, Romance, Disability
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My rating: 2.5 stars
After leaving high school, with a hard won diploma and the title of most likely to break hearts, Alexander "Nix" Pierce has left his wild, out of control years mostly behind him. A small inheritance from his grandfather has given him the funds to open up his tattoo shop, Freefall, and he has started to pull his life together. Aside from trying to keep his best friend, Dray, from killing himself in the fight ring, and his slight obsession with a pin-up model he's never met, Nix's life is going smoothly . . . until Scotlyn James, the object of his obsession, walks into his shop.
Ever since a tragic accident killed her family and left her alone in the world, Scotlyn James hasn't spoken one word. Up until now she didn't care that she had no way of talking to people. Her awful aunt would never have listened, and Lincoln Hammond the arrogant, selfish man who pulled her from the streets of Los Angeles wouldn't hear her words if she could speak. But when Lincoln insists she get a tattoo to cover up a scar on her side, Scotlyn meets the artist, Nix Pierce. And now she longs for her voice. Now she has found someone who will hear her.
I have to admit it was the cover of this book that got my attention first, then I read the blurb and decided that a mute girl and a reformed bad boy tattoo artist would make an interesting read so I went and bought Freefall.
It turned out that it wasn't as entertaining as I expected. It was just an OK story. There was nothing that I hated about it, yet there was also nothing that got me really excited.
The start was rather promising - dual POV, bad boy tattoo artist with a reputation of a heartbreaker that carries a picture of a pin-up girl he had never met in his wallet. Then there was the girl, Scotlyn (I really disliked her name), gone mute after surviving a terrible crash and the death of her family, now living as a girlfriend/lover of a very rich man. There was real potential in the story but as I read on things got predictable and boring.
I liked Nix and his interactions with his friends, Drake and Clutch, who had their own share of girl problems. I didn't like Scotlyn very much, though. She was far too weak and indecisive. Overall the characters were not very well developed and too cliché. The good noble guy (Nix), saving the damsel in distress (Scotlyn) from the villain (Scotlyn's boyfriend). To make the fairy tale perfect there was also the perfect granny (Nix's nana) whom everybody loved.
Things were far too idealised to be real. The story read as a children's fairy tale, everything was black and white and there was no real complexity either to the characters, or to the plot.
The happy end was too sugary sweet. Everything worked out perfectly for everyone - the bad guy got punished and the hero and heroine lived happily ever after.
It was a nice story which I don't regret reading but it lacked intensity and authenticity to be a memorable read.