This is the part about blogging I hate – giving a not so pleasant review of a book where I love the author. But, I wouldn't be doing myself any favors by lying and/or sugar-coating my true feelings about a book. I ask for forgiveness now from Jeannie Allison before I get started.
Let's get into it. . .
I almost stopped reading this book 26,981 times but I forced my way through it. It was very tedious for me, through. I rolled my head so many times, I thought they were going to get stuck back there 🙄
Pure Hearts by Jeannine Allison is the first book I've read from this author and I'm kind of regretting it. I wish I would have read one of her others because word on the street is that they are pretty good
This one is going to get real messy, unfortunately.
First a word from the author. . .
She gave me her kidney. I gave her my heart…
Nicholas Blake learned a long time ago that nobody does anything for free. He’s felt the pain of lies and manipulations enough times to know that people only look out for themselves, and that all good deeds come with a price. So when he wakes up from a near deadly car accident and finds out a stranger is offering to donate her kidney, he’s immediately suspicious of her intentions.
What he doesn’t expect is Iris Chamberlain, a beautiful woman with a big smile and an even bigger heart, claiming she just wants to help. The more time Nick spends with Iris, the more he starts to believe in what he always thought was impossible: a pure heart.
But betrayal leaves a bitter mark. Will Nick be able to let go of his past and let Iris in? And will Iris be able to show him what it truly means to have a pure heart?
I going to tell you why I didn't like this book. Pull up a chair. Grab some popcorn. Don't forget a drink because this might take some time.
The main idea around this book is good, interesting, and attention grabbing. I was ready for it. – Iris, or heroine, was looking to become a living for about six months before she meets Nicholas's mother in a local hospital. Nicholas needs a kidney, so Iris offered hers. Cute right? That's yet to be determined by my husband, but I thought it was cute.
So, I'm reading the beginning of the book #TeamIris. I was like, Yassssss! Bish! Yassssss! She's so sweet! That was until page 15 where her sweetness, started getting on my damn nerves. At first it was cute, seeing how thoughtful Iris could be. I'm going to give y'all some examples throughout this review.
". . .even if you survived a tragedy, it would always be a part of your narrative. The only way to handle a hardship was to make it a part of who you were, with purpose and pride." - Iris
See, cute right? For now, at least.
While Iris was busy trying to save all the puppies in the world, Nick held a grudge against the whole world. He had daddy issues. He found it difficult to see why someone would just offer up a kidney to a complete stranger, because they saw their mother crying.
The character traits for the main characters were introduced to the reader within the first two chapters. There is no character development. Instead the writer introduced their personalities, and that was all you were getting. The reader doesn't need to learn anything else about them and I was disappointed with this. I expected more. I wanted to fall in love with Iris and Nick over the course of the book, but it's like the author is pushing for us to see Iris as a sweet girl, instead of letting us find it on our own. The girl was even a second-grade teacher with a trust fund. She was a walking cliche 🙄
Grumpy Nick was none to happy at having to hang out with Iris or even look at her, because he was so jaded. He was so rude to her, but she took it. Not only did she take it, she found ways to justify his behavior, without him even apologizing first. She was the perfect little doormat.
It was no surprise when Nicholas was able to peep out her over the top, good girl, personality was annoying too.
. . .who's that happy all the time? She could have a bird shit on her head and her first thought would probably be, well at least he isn't constipated. - Nicholas
That was fucking funny 😂🤣😂🤣 It was the one and only time that I laughed while reading this book. Really, it was the only time I had any type of pleasant thought throughout it.
Oh, I forgot to tell you why he needed a new kidney, sorry. He was in a hit and run car accident. The reason why I'm telling you this is because I need to prepare you for the ABC Family, PSA moments in this book. There's loads but I'm only going to throw this one or two in here.
Okay, so, Nick is all upset about being hit by a car and left for dead and rightfully so, but Little Miss Rainbow prefers to see the other drivers side of the story.
"I guess I don't understand the point of holding a grudge against someone, especially if you don't know the circumstances." - Iris
WTF! If someone left me for dead I would hold a fucking grudge. The other driver didn't even call 911. I wanted to smack her, spewing that bullshit 🙄
Oh it gets worse, let me tell you what Sunshine said next.
". . .maybe he had a good reason. . . maybe there was an emergency or -"
"I was having a fucking emergency."
"There was another car. He thought -"
"Exactly. Thought. Not knew. Thought. He was gambling with my life."
I'm with Nick on this one.
I would be fucking pissed. I would have had to walk away from that little girl at that point just to keep myself from saying some shit I might regret later.
And, now, for your Public Service Announcement from Iris. . .
"I'm not trying to defend him for his sake. I'm doing it for yours. Holding on to your anger won't help you. He'll just be taking more from you. I'm not saying what he did was right. But maybe there was no right decision. Maybe he did the best he could do." - Iris
Bish! No! No! He left him for dead! That was not the best he could do! I can't with this chick. 🙄
Somebody help that poor girl because I just can't with her ass. I was done, y'all. DONE! 🙄
If I ever meet Iris in person I would be way too annoyed with her.
The world is not like the movie, "Trolls", where you fart glitter and shit cupcakes.
There are a million and one more PSA moments but I'm going switch gears real quick. Okay, so when they finally go on a date, Nick has set up his living room into a damn Red Cross Center. I'm not fucking kidding here. He knows how much she loves to sprinkle glitter everywhere in the world, so he goes and buys small toiletries to make up bags for the homeless. Cookie dough to bake cookies for the fire departments. Paper, envelops, and stamps so they can write letters to the troops. To top it all off, he even had Adele playing in background as motivational music 🙄
Where do they do that shit it? Please let me know so I never go there. That shit was just over the top and ridiculous. I like giving back just as much as the next person but come on now, seriously?!?!?! 🙄
Don't even get me started on the man to man conversations that sounded more like a female talking to another female. I can't stand that shit. It just bothers me. It irks the shit out of me. It's like, "Hey, I know this book was written by a female but can you please make the men sound real?"
Maybe it's just me. What do y'all think? 🤔
"You're a successful and relatively good-looking, so why are you single? What's wrong with you?"
"I've always been very dedicated to my job, Nick. That's what's wrong with me."
"But my mother has changed that?"
–Nick/Trent (his mama's boyfriend)
What two men talk to each like this? Give me a break. Fact, it gets worse.
"Something tells me you know what that's like."
"What what's like?"
"Meeting a woman who changes you, who causes you to put your whole life into perspective."
My "Give-a-Fuck" meter was running low at this point and all of this shit is only 43% in. I don't know how I made it to the end. I had already wanted to give up at 28% so my frustration level was through the fucking roof.
You wanna know something funny? At one point I asked my husband if he would come and talk with me. I started saying a passage from the book pretending it was me talking and not something from the book. I was like. . .
"What is the thing you're gonna live for? What little slice of this world are you gonna steal and call your own? What is your heart going to beat for?. . .It's just something to think about." - Iris
My husband looked at me like I was crazy and said, "What the fuck are you talking about? What stupid ass book are you reading now?" I just started laughing my ass off! He looked at me one last time and walked out the room. I was dead!!!! 💀☠️💀☠️ Even he knew the words coming out of my mouth sounded absurd.
Look, I'm not a cold-hearted bitch who only sees the bad in the world, in fact I actively try to find the good. I just found Iris as one dimensional, naive little girl who was too simple.
Do I recommend this book? No. Not at all.
Will I read another book by this author? I really don't know. Maybe. I willing to give her another go.
I know I got real messy with this one so it's time I get pretty again.
TTYL, lovers. . .
Stalk all things messy…