I was really disappointed with this book. Not only the author has put me under her spell with a previous series-first I've read by her, Delicious, but...moreI was really disappointed with this book. Not only the author has put me under her spell with a previous series-first I've read by her, Delicious, but also the plot had so much more promise.
It tells the story of the clueless pianist Claire and the single father Wyatt.
I'm gonna be harsh about this book and the characters. Claire is a pianist, she's very very talented and is taken away from her home when she's like 6 years old to get her music lessons and is plunged into the world of orchestra. In all her 28 years of life, everything is done for her. She's pampered and all she had to do was to devote her life and talent to shows, concerts and charity events etc. The idea we need to get is that she's clueless about 'real' life because, well you know, everything's always been done for her. But I truly don't believe one person, no matter how pampered or spoiled they are, could be this clueless about life. All through the book she's portrayed as clueless. I know I keep using that word but that's exactly what she is, clueless clueless clueless. It's as if she hasn't come from a different, pampered upbringing but from a different time, one where there are no cars, no microwaves or no jeans or something. Now, although she manages to learn all that in short time, it still annoyed me that she was so..yes, you know what's coming..clueless!!
Let's move on to her two sisters who are the heroines of the upcoming books. One of them is the nurturer, Claire's twin, Nicole. Who is, one of the most annoying, self-centered women I've read so far. All through the book all she did was to complain, complain and complain some more. She was a total bitch, pardon my french. She kept blaiming Claire for being taken from the family when she was only six years old! She was just a child when she was forced to leave and even though she tied to contact Nicole when she grew up, somehow she still ended up as the bad guy. I thought Nicole didn't deserve Claire's attention and love. Not at all.
And then there's Jesse. The youngest of the sisters whose actions and reasons behind those actions are questionable, unclear and confusing. She supposedly slept, I say supposedly because I'm still not clear about that, with her sister Nicole's husband and now Nicole naturally hates her. All Jesse did in the book was to pop up from somewhere and refuse to acknowledge the fact that she slept with Drew, Nicole's husband. She doesn't exactly say she slept with him, but neither does she completely deny that she did! When she's asked to explain she's being vague and then when someone accuses her of her mistake she pouts and says they don't understand her! She was utterly frustrating.
Wyatt was a weak hero, if not altogether as annoying as the rest of the bunch. But really, he didn't strike me as the kind of man I'd want to read in my romance books either. I think the only good thing about this book was Amy, Wyatt's little girl. She was 8 years old but she was more than adult than any of the actual adults in this book. Now, if she gets a book years later with a man worthy of her, that I'd be willing to read but other than that, I don't have much interest in what happens to the other sisters here.(less)
I gotta admit, I didn't expect this book to be this good. I've only read one book by Susan Mallery before, and I think I was told that it was one of h...moreI gotta admit, I didn't expect this book to be this good. I've only read one book by Susan Mallery before, and I think I was told that it was one of her early books and after reading this I can totally believe that. It was clear she had improved her writing between the two books, I enjoyed this very much.
This is the first in a series where we're told the happily ever afters of the four Buchanan siblings. The first one takes the oldest brother Cal Buchanan and pairs him up with his ex-wife, successful chef Penny Jackson.
I'm not much into rekindling passion. Nor am I into children involved romance stories. I don't know why. Of course I'll have to correct that statement now cause Susan Mallery did a marvellous job in making me interested in all of them in this one book. In addition to all this, with the ex-couple and a troubled family line, you'd be right to expect some emotional baggage. And when I found out about the said emotional baggage I thought any other time, it would've been too much for me in a contemporary romance. In this one? With Susan Mallery's writing skills? Well, let's just say emotional baggage? Yes, please.
I'd really like to congradulate the author here, for taking the heavy subjects and making them lighter and the whole story just as much enjoyable and delightful and funny. There were many times I laughed in this book, many lines of the characters that made me love them. A lot.
And then there's the whole chef thing going on, which is something I'm most interested in with a sister planning to go into the same business. With all the internship stories I've heard from her, I can say that what goes on in the kitchen intrigues me. And, I don't know much about the business, but I thought Susan Mallery did her research here. At least enough to engage this cooking-allergic gal.
The romance, the emotional problems, the humor and the down and dirty were all well balanced in this book. This is a series I'll definitely be following on, and an author whose books I'll watch out for. Thanks, Leah, for recommending this book and author to me, you did a great service to my romantic mush side :)(less)