An African American career woman and a Scottish rocker? Wow! Sign me up!
The blurb sounded awesome, the cover was great and I've read and enjoyed the aAn African American career woman and a Scottish rocker? Wow! Sign me up!
The blurb sounded awesome, the cover was great and I've read and enjoyed the author before so I was ready to dive into this one.
Unfortunately, this book is another case of prepackaging gone wrong.
Frost on My Window had the potential to be a wonderful love story. The first person narrative was a tip off along with the feedback that this was definitely not a romance and the second is the developing relationship mostly told in flashbacks and memories.
The narrative focuses on Leah explaining her day to day living . She still has the hots for her former best friend Lance and she is moving on with her life, trying to find her footing. In particularly engaging flashback, she tells about how she met the handsome Scottish rocker outside a villa for a big star studded party (for what, we're never really told other than its a music party). Sean is a memorable character as he talks about his mother and Scottish myths but after this scene he drops off as if he never existed. Leah doesn't talk about her feelings for him, aside from a short blip after this scene that says how she doesn't want to get involved with a rocker, until the book is halfway through.
The publisher knows it's audience I'm sure. Based on this particular line and the 'Contemporary Romance' tag on the side of the book, this was for IR readers so I'm not really sure why it's written as a chick lit or women's fiction book which is essentially what it is. The hero is pretty non-existent for most of the book as the heroine deals with her feelings for another guy and the first person narrative only gives us Leah's POV. I would have loved to know more about Sean and his life. The little bits of story he gave the reader were nice moments of down time between the Drama that was Leah.
As a romance, it's a string of happenings with no real cohesive storyline to tie it together. There are little moments that I enjoyed, like the first Sean flashback and the moments that Sean and Leah did share with each other, but overall this offering fell a bit flat. As a chicklit, it works. The story is about Leah and her life in trying to juggle everything from work, friends, family, a former crush marred by reality and a potential love interest who she keeps herself guarded. The little moments we got into Leah's emotions were interesting but the trope has worn its welcome. Most IRs today focus on a sassy Strong Black Woman who keeps fending off the hero's advances and the hero continues to fawn over the heroine as if she were the last woman on Earth. I would love to see this cliche die out which just feels gimmicky unless it's used a complex character growth. Leah had no real reason for denying Sean and if she were written more complex, it would have been believable to keep herself from exploring a relationship with Sean. As she is written, she seems to have too many hangups and if this were real life, I don't think Sean would have stuck around nipping at her heels.
I hope GP gets back on the ball. They had a nice, if not rough, run in the early 90s and they were the premiere go-to place for IR romance (at least, for me they were). It'd be great if they can get back in the game with more great books especially since their recent distribution deal allowed them to now reach more readers.
If you're looking for a light chick lit read with a stubborn heroine and a sweet romantic love interest, this book is for you. If you're looking for a sweet contemporary IR romance, you may want to pass this one up to avoid disappointment....more
This was a light, fun read and also my first foray into the chick lit genre. Not sure I'll be making a return as I liked this book more so for the chaThis was a light, fun read and also my first foray into the chick lit genre. Not sure I'll be making a return as I liked this book more so for the characters and this particular romantic setup.
This book reminded me of Sex and the City and read like an episode (or maybe a full season). Lead heroine and narrator Ellie Winters has both the conservative, good girl vibes of Charlotte York and the neuroses of Carrie Bradshaw. She's surrounded by her two best friends: the hard working tax attorney and straight arrow Harmony (this book's Miranda Hobbs) and the somewhat loose and bed hopping Nina (a twin of Samantha Jones). There's lots of relationship and sexual conquest talk over high powered lunches, party cocktails and big events. And there's also lots of designer name drops and pop culture references sprinkled throughout the text.
I like Sex and the City because it's just a pure comedy and good drama show for me and I like seeing what craziness Carrie and her friends get into each episode. I like the friendship and the slice of life feel of the show and got much of it with this book. I liked the love interest older man (which made me pick this book up in the first place) and although I didn't identify with a lot of what Ellie went through, I could sympathize with her situations and often times felt like shaking her as if she were a friend who has lost her way a little.
Part of me wishes this was the first in a series of novels because there are things that happened here that I want to see followups on but at the same time, I wouldn't want to see anything happen to deter the HEA at the end of the book.
All in all a fun read that I'll probably check out again a few years later down the road....more