Misogynistic, overly simplistic
I tried, I really tried. This story had an interesting premise, but it was intolerable in many other ways.
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I could only read the first ten chapters before I gave up entirely.
There was abuse of the main character by her love interest — fine, great; it‘s a common trope in these types of stories. But the way she reacted was not only stupid and unrealistic, but also frankly unlikeable. Furthermore, the plot (at least at the start) basically went like this: abuse, praise Olive‘s looks, abuse, praise Zanthus‘ masculinity, abuse, portray female characters negatively, repeat.
I know this author tried to make a strong female character. Olive isn’t.
The author, in my interpretation, also tried to make Zanthus a misunderstood, sexy bad boy who would be redeemed later on. He isn‘t.
This story was written acceptably well in terms of conventions, but terrible in characterization. It’s basically idealizing an abusive asshole/assaulter, and suggesting that all women are “aroused” by that. Misogynistic and overly simplistic.