Date: 14 Aug 2016 8:54 AM Title: Epilogue
Oh God, I feel so giddy finishinng this story!! I criged every time you would put inn your head note how not to hate the characters. Oh dear, I can never hate them. it was a different time, I understand. I understand the generation my mother belonged to and also my gradmother. A lot of the same behaviour still prevails in my country. I never judged your characters, I took them in as you wrote, and you wrote them well.
I've always been a fan of your stories. Be it Quiet Storm or this, I fall in love with the characters you write. As such an apt story title this one! I know this story will become like one of those where in passing, even if I think of 'Bold Gestures' I'll get giddy because the whole story will flash in my head. it's a good feeling!
I know for sure I will read it again. And I know I'll again feel as giddy while reading it as the first time.
Love the story!
Date: 03 Sep 2014 6:07 PM Title: Epilogue
I really loved this story. I'm so glad that Rose has someone now. I hope he treats her right. I'm glad about Marie and Frannie coming around and accepting Bella and their father's relationship too. I am also glad that Edward loves little C like his own...even after little Eddie was born. Thanks very much for putting your fantastic writing out there for us to read. Really do with there was a SEQUEL though.
So JFK, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, that was a humorous addition. Boy they travel in rich and famous circles. I didn't realize that the soon to be president knew Frank and of course there were rumors about him and Marilyn but meeting up with maffia types, I had no idea. I am surprised, actually that he would do that, but I am sure you must have read it somewhere or you wouldn't have included it here.
Date: 03 Sep 2014 5:40 PM Title: Chapter 20
What a beautiful ending to your story. Loved it. Loved the whole story, even when Edward was less than the man I wanted him to be.
When I was reading this I thought I had read somewhere that THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL. I have checked everywhere on the Fic Shelf and on Fanfiction and here and there is NO SEQUEL. Shit!
Date: 03 Sep 2014 6:29 AM Title: Chapter 19
I love the humor thrown in, in places. I'm glad Charlie wasn't behind Aro trying to kill Edward. I'm also glad the two young girls seem to be getting along well with Edward and Bella. I hope everything goes well with Frannie too, although I rather doubt it.
Date: 03 Sep 2014 5:13 AM Title: Chapter 18
That was a sweet chapter. I really can't imagine his parents being ok with him hooking up with Bella before being married to each other first and also so soon after Aro's death making it even worse. Oh well. I guess they are engaged now. I think Edward needs to buy her a ring and they need to get married ASAP. They can tell her parents about the baby and the marriage. They can get married again, for everyone else, in the spring.
Date: 03 Sep 2014 1:07 AM Title: Chapter 16
Edward is actually being really nice. Miscommunication between them would usually bother me, but in this case I think it is wise they are taking it slow. So did Bella's dad tell Aro to kill Edward? Does Carlo know that the story about a drive-by is just that, a story? Does he think that Aro got killed trying to kill Edward and the story was just a cover-up?
Date: 02 Sep 2014 10:21 PM Title: Chapter 15
Unexpected ending to Aro, not that I mind one bit. I stopped liking him when he cheated on Bella. I stopped liking him more when he talked about ordering Bella around and taking her back to Italy. Bella's parents blame Bella for this and she will blame Edward.
Date: 02 Sep 2014 9:48 PM Title: Chapter 14
Poor Bella, drawn to him inspite of her efforts not to be. She's carrying his child too...obviously. I mean the sickness masks it a bit, but she threw up before she caught whatever her son had. It wasn't nervousness about being with Aro that made her sick. I can't believe Edward is giving her her space.
Date: 02 Sep 2014 6:28 PM Title: Chapter 10
Very sad that Bella's mother's love does not seem unconditional. I wonder how long Marie will continue to adore him? Who knows...maybe she will blame her mother for her father leaving them. Frannie will know he lied to her face about Bella soon. Rose will know too. Yes...he is a jerk. He could be worse, I know, but still a jerk. I wonder how long the honeymoon period will last between Bella and Edward?
Date: 02 Sep 2014 6:05 AM Title: Chapter 9
Why do guys look exactly the same, hair, clothes, face look great after having sex. The girl on the other hand looks like...
I like that he helped her get dressed and that he told her that he doesn't really think of her as a slut. If I were here I wouldn't like being called that either. I wouldn't like being called his Goomah either. His girlfriend, well I guess that would have to do, although really that's not any better in their era. Oh boy. Rose is about to get her heart broken again when she finds out about this.
Date: 02 Sep 2014 5:23 AM Title: Chapter 8
I am team Bella. Not that I have forgotten about Franny or Marie or Rose, because I haven't. I just know there is nothing that can be done for them. So I will put them out of my mind. I hate that he is betraying Rose and his children, but there is nothing I can do about it. So, I am team Bella. Not team Edward. I just hope she gets everything she wants like an apartment, a job, her son and that her little sister still loves her and comes to visit her after it is all said and done. Sounds like a lonely life to me. I feel sorry for her. I'm glad that her parents fought so hard for her. I feel sick about what Renee said to her in this chapter. Thank you for not allowing the gang rape to happen. I think that would have been the deal breaker for me. I guess everyone has their limits and that is mine.
Date: 02 Sep 2014 4:31 AM Title: Chapter 7
If I were Bella, seeing how Edward treated my father, so disrespectfully, infront of me, infront of my mother and the neighbors and kissing me and touching me far too intimitely infront of my parents and the neighborhood, I would spit in Edward's face.
Date: 02 Sep 2014 3:06 AM Title: Chapter 6
Edward was actually nice to Rose in this chapter, you know as nice as a cheating, lying, gangster who doesn't give a shit about Tanya dying infront of him can be. I don't understand what happened there; did Emmett mean to kill the Russian Tanya, or did his gun just go off accidently?
Date: 01 Sep 2014 6:57 PM Title: Chapter 5
Oh boy. So the uncle who took him in at the age of twelve is the guy he just had killed. I guess Edward's emotions are shut off, like he said, he doesn't feel anything...well except lust...for Bella. Why do I have a feeling all this is about to change? Well most of it.
Date: 01 Sep 2014 6:59 AM Title: Chapter 3
So Rose was able to forgive his indiscretions and staying out all night that easilly? I don't think it was just because of the money, it was more how she sees herself, a woman's dependent status, her role in his life, and I guess how she was raised, the times, the neighborhood, etc., all contributing to her putting up with his crap. They're catholic too, and she has two children to raise, so there is no getting out.
I feel sorry for Bella too, and Franny, what's going to happen to their friendship when Edward starts treating Bella like a whore. I hope he doesn't decide to get rid of Rosalie the same way he plans to get rid of his uncles, when he decides he wants Bella around more often. Oh boy...Edward, Edward, Edward.
Date: 01 Sep 2014 6:46 AM Title: Chapter 1
I know this story is going to be good, but I have a feeling I am not going to like this Edward very much...at least not for a long, long while. Rose really seems to love him, and he doesn't seem to give a shit about her. Bastard.
Date: 01 Sep 2014 6:44 AM Title: Chapter 2
Well I guess I see where this is headed with Edward and Bella, as if it weren't obvious from the moment he layed eyes on her. I know he's not a good guy, but still it sucks that he treats his wife like she means nothing to him...like the hired help.
Date: 16 Jun 2014 9:59 PM Title: Chapter 10
I've been following your work for a while. You always had amazing writing talent. An utterly amazing ability to write comedy and struggle in accessable ways. Although I loved the Storm series I got a feeling you sold out a lot of your own plot choices to appease popular opinion. This story...wow...it's my 5th time reading it. You stayed true and wrote a slice of life so fantastically engaging. Seriously. I work in publishing for Edinburgh University Press and was an intern a bloomsbury. You have more talent than any of the stuff we saw in concept at Blooms. Stick to your own instincts. They serve you well. Bloody brilliant story.
Date: 24 Apr 2014 6:36 AM Title: Epilogue
Lexi you did it again. This was a great story. You know how to write them. :-). Sorry for lack of reviews I just dug right in until I was done. Even took it with me to the dentist office while I waited. Thank you for your talent and sharing it. XOXO
Date: 27 Feb 2014 9:45 AM Title: Epilogue
Such a fantastic story! This was such an interesting and complex Edward. Way to go sticking to your plan and not succumbing to be pressure from some reviewers. It felt more true to life for the times and made your characters that much more interesting. left it I would love to read more of the Medici family and where they might go next. Im hoping there's a Sequel in your mind?!!
You are such an amazing writer. I really love all of your stories. They are so well thought-out, yet natural in your prose. It's -12 degrees here, and impossible to to out, but your story captivated me from the first chapter, and I read straight through.
ps. I'm posting this review on FF too, as I'm not sure if you receive them on TWCS (although I love their site and appreciate you posting there!).
Date: 01 Oct 2013 7:43 AM Title: Outtake One
My heart breaks for bella each time...loving someone and them not loving u (roses case) can break your spirit but so can being used and treated like a whore (bellas case) i hate that he hits rose, i wonder if he would ever hit bella?
Date: 01 Oct 2013 4:43 AM Title: Outtake One
I can say I absolutely depise Roe, even if she was his wife.
I felt bad for Bella after Edward basically told her she was just his whore, and she was at that time. No wonder she changed toward him.
Loved the outtake. I'd like to see more, if you're up for it.
Date: 22 Sep 2013 10:41 PM Title: Chapter 19
As the story progresses, I really like the AN's, the first paragraph here, and throughout the story your incuding more historic information. It enriches the story. I also seem to have more a feel for what motivates the characters particularly Bella and the feeling behind their actions. I still don't agree with your early premiss of it's a man's world justifies E's actions. In fact when E had his ephiphany of feeling for Bella, I had trouble buying it. It was almost as if he went from a robot walking over everyone to a man with a heart? Maybe his heart was institutionalized in the can?
I'm sorry. I thought I did a great job of weaving things together. There's a bigger readership on FFnet, so about 100 or so other people thought I did a fantastic job with the time period. They felt they were there. Still, I don't understand your problems regarding this story. Back in those days, it WAS a man's world, sweetheart. The laws, everything was designed that way. I feel I've explained enough in my authors note. And I'm confused as to why you'd continue reading a story you disliked/did not understand. But thanks for reading and leaving your thoughts, even if I still don't understand your point.