What do you think about romance and relationships in this book?

Use this forum to discuss the June 2019 Book of the month, "Cynthia and Dan: Cyber War" by Dorothy May Mercer.
Post Reply
User avatar
AntonelaMaria
Posts: 156
Joined: 17 Apr 2019, 14:31
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 91
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-antonelamaria.html
Latest Review: Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

What do you think about romance and relationships in this book?

Post by AntonelaMaria » 06 Jun 2019, 13:51

So we have Cynthia and Dan and Cynthia and Sky as romantic relationships in this book? What is your thought on them? How realistic and believable is their behavior? Do you find the reasoning for cheating acceptable? Is our mind as a reader swayed from the beginning with Dan being " a habit" and Sky being " gentlemen"? How likable or believable is instant love in romance books never mind that they are fiction?
How odd is that Cynthia doesn't have any friends?
Sorry people I have so many questions is just that I am trying to get the points that book is trying to make.
Overall I just feel that this should be just a romance book or just a suspense action book, like this is just all over the place.

User avatar
DC Brown
Posts: 195
Joined: 26 Jul 2018, 08:42
2018 Reading Goal: 15
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 340
Currently Reading: Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream
Bookshelf Size: 107
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-dc-brown.html
Latest Review: The End-Time Foretellers by Ran Weber

Post by DC Brown » 06 Jun 2019, 22:34

AntonelaMaria wrote:
06 Jun 2019, 13:51
So we have Cynthia and Dan and Cynthia and Sky as romantic relationships in this book? What is your thought on them? How realistic and believable is their behavior? Do you find the reasoning for cheating acceptable? Is our mind as a reader swayed from the beginning with Dan being " a habit" and Sky being " gentlemen"? How likable or believable is instant love in romance books never mind that they are fiction?
How odd is that Cynthia doesn't have any friends?
Sorry people I have so many questions is just that I am trying to get the points that book is trying to make.
Overall I just feel that this should be just a romance book or just a suspense action book, like this is just all over the place.
After I finished the book I couldn't decide if it was a lousy romance novel or a lousy spy novel. It seemed like it was trying to be both and failed completely. The relationships throughout the book were odd, except for the computer nerds. I liked them the best. They actually got things done instead of wallowing in drama.

maggi3
Posts: 170
Joined: 03 Mar 2018, 14:30
2018 Reading Goal: 53
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 18
Currently Reading: Out for Good
Bookshelf Size: 98
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-maggi3.html
Latest Review: Inspirience: Meditation Unbound by Richard L Haight

Post by maggi3 » 07 Jun 2019, 00:12

It felt to me like vilifying Dan at the end was just a way to make Sky and Cynthia’s relationship more acceptable. She should have broken up with Dan before she did anything with Sky. Having a boring relationship is no excuse for cheating, since there was no evidence at that point that Dan was obsessive and controlling of Cynthia. Instant love is never likable or believable to me, because I don’t think you can truly love someone that quickly. Sky and Cynthia’s relationship felt ridiculous to me.

User avatar
AntonelaMaria
Posts: 156
Joined: 17 Apr 2019, 14:31
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 91
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-antonelamaria.html
Latest Review: Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

Post by AntonelaMaria » 07 Jun 2019, 10:20

DC Brown wrote:
06 Jun 2019, 22:34
AntonelaMaria wrote:
06 Jun 2019, 13:51
So we have Cynthia and Dan and Cynthia and Sky as romantic relationships in this book? What is your thought on them? How realistic and believable is their behavior? Do you find the reasoning for cheating acceptable? Is our mind as a reader swayed from the beginning with Dan being " a habit" and Sky being " gentlemen"? How likable or believable is instant love in romance books never mind that they are fiction?
How odd is that Cynthia doesn't have any friends?
Sorry people I have so many questions is just that I am trying to get the points that book is trying to make.
Overall I just feel that this should be just a romance book or just a suspense action book, like this is just all over the place.
After I finished the book I couldn't decide if it was a lousy romance novel or a lousy spy novel. It seemed like it was trying to be both and failed completely. The relationships throughout the book were odd, except for the computer nerds. I liked them the best. They actually got things done instead of wallowing in drama.
I agree. It was all over the place but never where it should be. I think I will choose the computer guys as my favorite characters and part of the story.

User avatar
AntonelaMaria
Posts: 156
Joined: 17 Apr 2019, 14:31
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 91
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-antonelamaria.html
Latest Review: Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

Post by AntonelaMaria » 07 Jun 2019, 10:28

maggi3 wrote:
07 Jun 2019, 00:12
It felt to me like vilifying Dan at the end was just a way to make Sky and Cynthia’s relationship more acceptable. She should have broken up with Dan before she did anything with Sky. Having a boring relationship is no excuse for cheating, since there was no evidence at that point that Dan was obsessive and controlling of Cynthia. Instant love is never likable or believable to me, because I don’t think you can truly love someone that quickly. Sky and Cynthia’s relationship felt ridiculous to me.
I think for me the biggest problem was reading about educated I guess a woman in her late 20's getting lectured about sex, period, pregnancy and plan b by a man and man she knows no less than a day. She is written as two different people. And I agree for me too insta love is just not realistic. Every time Sky comes with the " I love you" I just cringe, all that love and marriage talk after one day. :roll:

User avatar
Stephanie Elizabeth
Posts: 771
Joined: 18 Jul 2018, 15:41
2019 Reading Goal: 40
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 67
Currently Reading: Cynthia and Dan
Bookshelf Size: 36
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-stephanie-elizabeth.html
Latest Review: Shortcuts by T.L. Criswell

Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 07 Jun 2019, 15:42

I found Cynthia and Sky's relationship very off-putting. I think Sky is a shady type of character who is not authentic. There love is in no way believable and should not be seen as a healthy relationship. Cynthia is far too trusting.

User avatar
Kibetious
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 2080
Joined: 26 Jul 2017, 01:48
2019 Reading Goal: 70
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 25
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 49
Currently Reading: The Depth of Grace
Bookshelf Size: 750
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kibetious.html
Latest Review: The Passions & Perils of the Prodigy by GJ Neumann

Post by Kibetious » 08 Jun 2019, 01:05

maggi3 wrote:
07 Jun 2019, 00:12
It felt to me like vilifying Dan at the end was just a way to make Sky and Cynthia’s relationship more acceptable. She should have broken up with Dan before she did anything with Sky. Having a boring relationship is no excuse for cheating, since there was no evidence at that point that Dan was obsessive and controlling of Cynthia. Instant love is never likable or believable to me, because I don’t think you can truly love someone that quickly. Sky and Cynthia’s relationship felt ridiculous to me.
I also do not believe in instant love because most of the time it will begin fading away. I will not support any reason for cheating in a relationship. Boredom can never be an excuse either.
​​​​​​He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy :techie-studyinggray:

User avatar
Ferdinand_otieno
Posts: 1437
Joined: 03 Jun 2017, 12:54
2019 Reading Goal: 300
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 60
2018 Reading Goal: 250
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 140
2017 Reading Goal: 200
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Favorite Author: Victor Rose
Currently Reading: Amethyst of Destiny
Bookshelf Size: 780
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-ferdinand-otieno.html
Latest Review: Peoushi: An American Legend by Michael F. McWilliams
fav_author_id: 78026

Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 08 Jun 2019, 12:05

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
07 Jun 2019, 15:42
I found Cynthia and Sky's relationship very off-putting. I think Sky is a shady type of character who is not authentic. There love is in no way believable and should not be seen as a healthy relationship. Cynthia is far too trusting.
I agree. The relationship starts with a grownup essentially giving away her car.

User avatar
mmm17
Posts: 307
Joined: 23 Dec 2018, 09:24
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 58
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mmm17.html
Latest Review: Cooperative Lives by Patrick Finegan

Post by mmm17 » 08 Jun 2019, 13:15

I did not enjoy the romance passages at all. They felt forced and stereotyped to me, but most of all, I found them a bit cheesy. I basically liked the parts involving the computer geeks.

User avatar
DC Brown
Posts: 195
Joined: 26 Jul 2018, 08:42
2018 Reading Goal: 15
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 340
Currently Reading: Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream
Bookshelf Size: 107
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-dc-brown.html
Latest Review: The End-Time Foretellers by Ran Weber

Post by DC Brown » 08 Jun 2019, 22:44

AntonelaMaria wrote:
07 Jun 2019, 10:28
maggi3 wrote:
07 Jun 2019, 00:12
It felt to me like vilifying Dan at the end was just a way to make Sky and Cynthia’s relationship more acceptable. She should have broken up with Dan before she did anything with Sky. Having a boring relationship is no excuse for cheating, since there was no evidence at that point that Dan was obsessive and controlling of Cynthia. Instant love is never likable or believable to me, because I don’t think you can truly love someone that quickly. Sky and Cynthia’s relationship felt ridiculous to me.
I think for me the biggest problem was reading about educated I guess a woman in her late 20's getting lectured about sex, period, pregnancy and plan b by a man and man she knows no less than a day. She is written as two different people. And I agree for me too insta love is just not realistic. Every time Sky comes with the " I love you" I just cringe, all that love and marriage talk after one day. :roll:
I like your point that Cynthia is written as two different people. I actually had the thought that there were two different writers, each took a chapter, and they didn't compare notes. LOL!!

User avatar
DC Brown
Posts: 195
Joined: 26 Jul 2018, 08:42
2018 Reading Goal: 15
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 340
Currently Reading: Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream
Bookshelf Size: 107
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-dc-brown.html
Latest Review: The End-Time Foretellers by Ran Weber

Post by DC Brown » 08 Jun 2019, 22:47

mmm17 wrote:
08 Jun 2019, 13:15
I did not enjoy the romance passages at all. They felt forced and stereotyped to me, but most of all, I found them a bit cheesy. I basically liked the parts involving the computer geeks.
Yeah!! Another vote for the geeks!! They are my favorites. They got things done and enjoyed their work! Let's have them be the stars of the next book!

Victoria zindo Jones
Posts: 11
Joined: 26 May 2019, 06:32
Currently Reading: The Unbound Soul
Bookshelf Size: 13

Post by Victoria zindo Jones » 09 Jun 2019, 00:13

Romance and relationship are the key ingredients to making an interesting love story in a book though Cynthia and Dan's relationship seemed to be forced which totally made it lack passion

User avatar
mmm17
Posts: 307
Joined: 23 Dec 2018, 09:24
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 58
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mmm17.html
Latest Review: Cooperative Lives by Patrick Finegan

Post by mmm17 » 09 Jun 2019, 10:17

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
07 Jun 2019, 15:42
I found Cynthia and Sky's relationship very off-putting. I think Sky is a shady type of character who is not authentic. There love is in no way believable and should not be seen as a healthy relationship. Cynthia is far too trusting.
I completely agree! Cynthia and Sky's relationship just didn't seem believable to me. I don't exactly know why, but it felt too stereotyped.

User avatar
AntonelaMaria
Posts: 156
Joined: 17 Apr 2019, 14:31
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 91
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-antonelamaria.html
Latest Review: Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery

Post by AntonelaMaria » 09 Jun 2019, 14:15

mmm17 wrote:
09 Jun 2019, 10:17
Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
07 Jun 2019, 15:42
I found Cynthia and Sky's relationship very off-putting. I think Sky is a shady type of character who is not authentic. There love is in no way believable and should not be seen as a healthy relationship. Cynthia is far too trusting.
I completely agree! Cynthia and Sky's relationship just didn't seem believable to me. I don't exactly know why, but it felt too stereotyped.
Yeah, 100 % unbelievable. I am also trying to understand the title of the book why is Dan name there? Didn't really surprised me with Sky twist as that happens so early on in the book. :eusa-think:

User avatar
Stephanie Elizabeth
Posts: 771
Joined: 18 Jul 2018, 15:41
2019 Reading Goal: 40
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 67
Currently Reading: Cynthia and Dan
Bookshelf Size: 36
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-stephanie-elizabeth.html
Latest Review: Shortcuts by T.L. Criswell

Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 09 Jun 2019, 18:27

mmm17 wrote:
09 Jun 2019, 10:17
Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
07 Jun 2019, 15:42
I found Cynthia and Sky's relationship very off-putting. I think Sky is a shady type of character who is not authentic. There love is in no way believable and should not be seen as a healthy relationship. Cynthia is far too trusting.
I completely agree! Cynthia and Sky's relationship just didn't seem believable to me. I don't exactly know why, but it felt too stereotyped.
It felt insincere. I can't put my finger on what exactly it was, but I didn't find it believable.

Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "Cynthia and Dan: Cyber War" by Dorothy May Mercer”