rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read this book b/c my 15 yr. old daughter gave it high marks, as well as a respected Christian writer, so I wanted to see what all the hype was about.
It lived up to expectations, since I put aside my current reading to finish it in about 2 days. Let me also mention, I’m not into vampires or any paranormal romance. So, I thought this book would be an effort for me to get into.
In analyzing why it works, I would have to say personally (and my 15 yr. old agrees), is that unlike so many romances, this one has A LOT of interaction–mainly dialogue–between the hero & heroine, once they meet. He is also the quintessential hero, both dark, dangerous & brooding–to humorous, warm & caring. And good (as in a basically decent human being. But I think Meyer’s strength in developing him is that combination of dark & funny to make an irresistible hero.
It also has good pacing, beginning with the heroine’s curiosity about this strange young man, the personal hurdles they face to any kind of personal relationship, and then escalating to a gripping climax when the heroine faces personal danger.