Carmangay, Tol Ono,
Rating: 4 Cups
Ovida Lyons is married to a hideous drunk, Ostar, and knowing her place in the world, she lets him treat her abysmally. No man has ever treated her well, but she vows to find some love in the world.
Augustine Aires is a good man until grief turns him into a cruel and whiny shadow of the person he was. His hatred for his archenemy Ostar and the kind treatment he receives from the women forced into his life barely get him by.
Eventually, the world forces the two families to be somewhat intertwined with bad results, and will anyone survive the outcome?
If you don’t read Mortal Shortcomings as a romance you will be intrigued and fascinated by the complex twist of the characters’ mindsets and behavior. If you base your views on the book as a romance, you will be irritated, so read this as a work of fiction and enjoy. The characters lack empathy, but are fascinating, and I could not wait to see what they would come up with next. Behaviors are based on self-centered ideologies that would make a two-year old embarrassed, but I was reading as fast as I could to get to the next smarmy act. The sex, while well written, is for the most part, part of the big “how does this help me” picture. Even the one couple who are really in love lack sympathy, but I love reading about them. The backdrop was ancient Rome and this fit in well with the plot. The dialogue works well and kept me as shocked as the strange thoughts of the characters. For a good, but not romantic read, Mortal Shortcomings is the book to pick up.
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