Sweetwater by Courtney Lyn Batten was okay. It was a sweet, undemanding short story. This story was extremely easy to read because of Ms. Batten's clear and precise writing style; it took me approximately fifteen minutes to read this entire story. Granted, this was an extremely short story.
There were a few things that I didn't particular care for about this story. Mainly, I felt like Batten tried to fit too much into too little. This novel takes place over two days, and I felt like Batten tried to cram too much story into those two days. This short story had all of the key points of a novel, but it lacked character development, story development, and emotion which made the story unbelievable. Another issue that I had with this novel was that it was very clichéd; I would not use the word "original" to describe this story. Broken down car. Check. Damsel in distress. Check. Damsel in distress running from her past. Double Check. Hunky hero to the rescue. Check. Cheesy lines. Check. A girl who runs when she is scared. Check.
I had a decent time reading this novel. It was light. It was short. It was fun. However, I didn't believe in the characters or their love for one another for a second.
[An outline of the book:
Day One: The Kyle (hero) saves Mia (damsel in distress); he takes care of her car and gives her a place to stay. Over drinking games that night, we find out that Mia left her fiancée two days ago after she found him in bed with the maid. Mia and Kyle get it on. Day Two: He wakes up to find her gone. He finds her. They spend a happy, perfect day together, they declare their LOVE for another, and she decides to stay.
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I gave Sweetwater by Courtney Lyn Batten 3 STARS (2.5 STARS).
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