What are your thoughts on Sky's changing personality?

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It is possible that Sky was being used by the author as a sort of universal foil, but I read more into it. I felt like the author was trying to capture the ordinary fickleness of men who behave like this. Sky set a standard and as long as the object of his interest complied, everything was copacetic.

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B Creech wrote:
08 Jul 2019, 06:36
I didn't like Sky's character at all. He was just weird. I saw him as a user in many ways and he could be condescending. He treated Cynthia like she was an airhead when he wanted to know if she knew how to use a cell phone, and especially over the pregnancy issue! (I found her to be a bit of an airhead too, but you see where I'm coming from here I'm sure)! :lol:
Yes, I do. :lol2: One can't help not thinking of her as somewhat of an airhead given the swiftness with which she opened her life to this guy she had basically just met. I mean, these days, who does that?!?! Thanks for passing by and commenting!
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Kaylee123 wrote:
08 Jul 2019, 11:10
I didn't trust Sky from the start. His "gentlemanly" behavior seemed suspicious. He came across as creepy and stalkery to me. He also seemed controlling, especially when he brought Cynthia the birth control items. I was disappointed that Cynthia liked him so much.
Controlling indeed and, as a previous reviewer had said, condescending toward Cynthia to a great degree. And that's in addition to being creepy. Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts with us!
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Crazyreader01 wrote:
08 Jul 2019, 13:06
Kelyn wrote:
02 Jun 2019, 12:52
Sky was a puzzle. He was many things, few of them good. At times he was very gentlemanly. Next thing you knew he was acting like Joe Ordinary trying to get laid. And of course, there was the somewhat stalkerish (and creepy) aspect. I'm sure I've left out other aspects as well. It was like he either had DID or the author simply wanted him to be everything for everyone and didn't do a particularly good job of making him anyone's anything. Thoughts?
I think you just about summed up the guy perfectly. But maybe it was because he was so puzzling that he became so attractive.
The quintessential man of mystery? I'm not sure he had the depth to pull that off, but it's possible. Thanks for passing by and sharing your thoughts!
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OliviaLouise wrote:
08 Jul 2019, 17:52
It is possible that Sky was being used by the author as a sort of universal foil, but I read more into it. I felt like the author was trying to capture the ordinary fickleness of men who behave like this. Sky set a standard and as long as the object of his interest complied, everything was copacetic.
What...men...fickle? * le gasp* surely not! :o Compliance did seem to be what he wanted though. Thanks for passing by and sharing your thoughts with us!
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I didn't focus on Sky, so I can't say much about him.

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To be frank, I hated Sky. I liked his character when he was first introduced into the book because his mysterious personality kept me interested about him and who his character was. But, soon I started to see him as predator to Cynthia and somewhat like her stalker. He seemed to have forced his way into Cynthia's life disturbing her happy relationship and from then on proceeded to be very weird and problematic. And the fact that he pronounced his love for Cynthia within a matter of days only made him seem more desperate than before!

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arielkiaira_ wrote:
11 Jul 2019, 18:42
To be frank, I hated Sky. I liked his character when he was first introduced into the book because his mysterious personality kept me interested about him and who his character was. But, soon I started to see him as predator to Cynthia and somewhat like her stalker. He seemed to have forced his way into Cynthia's life disturbing her happy relationship and from then on proceeded to be very weird and problematic. And the fact that he pronounced his love for Cynthia within a matter of days only made him seem more desperate than before!
I think you have summed up what is being said throughout this forum perfectly! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
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cpru68 wrote:
03 Jun 2019, 02:05
I didn’t like his character at all. First, the way he shows up in Cynthia’s life was weird. And she goes to his apartment with him. I kept thinking of a vampire when I read the description of him at first. Like he was going to take advantage of her and dump her. Then it was the long syrupy letters. Needless to say, I thought he was odd, and her falling head over heels for him was even weirder.
Perfectly said! I kind of felt like he was a stalker. Who falls for that in a big city! Also, who forgets to take binoculars on a mission?

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I think the author intended his character to be suave and charming, but, he seemed more creepy and suspicious. I could not understand Cynthia's fascination with him at all and I could not help but judge her for it.

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mam_reader wrote:
15 Jul 2019, 14:35
I think the author intended his character to be suave and charming, but, he seemed more creepy and suspicious. I could not understand Cynthia's fascination with him at all and I could not help but judge her for it.
That's kind of how I felt too. The author seems to have intended him to be an engaging character but somehow ended up with someone altogether unpleasant. Thanks for passing by and commenting!
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The letter thing was almost more stalkerish than Dan tracking her. She clearly put him off and didn't want to talk to him but he wouldn't stop. And then the second she ran into him, she was running into his arms. There's no tension, barely a question of who he really is and why he hadn't told her, and really, I think he was supposed to be deep and puzzling but it fell short of the mark. Dan is very one dimensional and I can't feel sympathy for him when he tries so hard to get her attention, I feel nothing when he (only once!) goes to confession, and I know literally nothing about him for hundreds of pages. I think he's a flat character that Cynthia shouldn't be so head-over-heels about, were she a smart woman.

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I didn't really like Sky's character. He showed up in a weird way in Cynthia's life. His character was predatory.

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kristib44 wrote:
16 Jul 2019, 11:50
The letter thing was almost more stalkerish than Dan tracking her. She clearly put him off and didn't want to talk to him but he wouldn't stop. And then the second she ran into him, she was running into his arms. There's no tension, barely a question of who he really is and why he hadn't told her, and really, I think he was supposed to be deep and puzzling but it fell short of the mark. Dan is very one dimensional and I can't feel sympathy for him when he tries so hard to get her attention, I feel nothing when he (only once!) goes to confession, and I know literally nothing about him for hundreds of pages. I think he's a flat character that Cynthia shouldn't be so head-over-heels about, were she a smart woman.
Frankly, I really couldn't see what she saw in either of them. Sky was a stalker and Dan was milk-toast. *shrug* No accounting for taste I suppose. Thanks for stopping in and commenting!
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I had two totally different impressions of Sky based on what role he was playing at the time. When he was with Cynthia, he came off as this suave lover that rushed into things way to fast. I also envisioned him with a French accent based on the type of dialogue he was given. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when he was at work, he had the stereotypical superior tough guy persona for a high ranking military officer. He took his time before taking action on any important matters and always made sure he either had backup or complete information on the task at hand. There was nothing consistent between these two aspects of the same character. It's like the author had a list of characteristics she wanted him to have and just threw them together however she saw fit even if they were utterly conflicting.

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