I was enjoying this book until the workplace sexual harassment on page 10. Okay, it's either sexual harassment or I'm reading porn. I guess I'll be geI was enjoying this book until the workplace sexual harassment on page 10. Okay, it's either sexual harassment or I'm reading porn. I guess I'll be generous -- I can enjoy porn. But I'm a tad disappointed because I was all set for romance! DNF....more
I killed a fairy and realised I was barracking for the wrong guy and I could go back to reading the story anymore. :( Objectively, though, the story iI killed a fairy and realised I was barracking for the wrong guy and I could go back to reading the story anymore. :( Objectively, though, the story is very well written and squarely chicklit in that it explores issues around being a 30-year old single woman surrounded by married friends, and maybe living a different life than you though he wanted in your early 20s. I enjoyed the chicklit part of the story. But the romance always comes first with me as a reader, and I just didn't feel the chemistry as much with the guy she ends up with. In part, I think this is because their initial romance is done as more of a flashback and I just didn't feel invested enough in it....more
In the end, I just never picked this book up again. I think the sexxoring in the haystack broke me. Or did I just imagine that scene? It certainly felIn the end, I just never picked this book up again. I think the sexxoring in the haystack broke me. Or did I just imagine that scene? It certainly felt like there was such a scene in this book. I like my sex scenes airbrushed and glamorous unless they're super angsty, in which case, okay, I'll take a bit of (romance genre-style) realism, but I think this anthology felt a bit too real, and the thought of smelly, sweaty, somewhat uncomfortable sex (especially outdoors!) just didn't do it for me. I also didn't feel much chemistry between the characters in the stories that I read....more
I wanted to like this book. There are too few older heroines in romance, and this book deals not only with a twelve-year gap between the heroine and the hero, but it tackles issues not normally found in the genre—abortion, miscarriage and tax evasion.
This is a book that doesn’t follow ye olde romance conventions. The plot points aren’t predictable and neither is the structure of the story. The ending, though happy enough, is as close to being realistic as you’re likely to get in a romance. The story delves into some deeply emotional issues; if you’ve suffered from miscarriage, keep the tissues close by. So props to Joan Kilby for taking so many risks in this one book.
Unfortunately, she doesn’t pull it off. Lexie is an annoying heroine who lacks self-awareness. She’s also excruciatingly stereotyped—an artist who has no head for business, subscribes to new age practices, works herself to exhaustion and loves cats and children.
Rafe isn’t ready for a commitment and I have no idea what kind of life he envisages with Lexie. He seems like a more realistic and three-dimensional character, but unfortunately, the plot conspires to underscore how young he is and how unprepared he is for marriage and family.
This book was DNF for me, although I skimmed through the rest of the book to check if I might be able to pick up the story at a more interesting place. No such luck.
Who might enjoy it: Readers who love heroines who wear peasant skirts
Who might not enjoy it: Tax office employees...more