Alexis Hall probably deserves a better rating as an author; but this particular book fell short of amazing for me for all the reasons that Emma explained. The writing felt a bit pretentious, which, okay, can be justified by having the main character be an author, but I feel that it was incongruous in the very mundane setting of this book. I also just couldn't connect with either Ash or Darian. Ash because of his douchebaggery and Darian because just no. So while the writing is very good, it made me feel a bit disconnected, janarwhatamean?