Hm. I liked that Rose's "beautiful but shallow" friend was actually nice, I liked that lame-ass houseman Percy was a dick from the get go as opposed tHm. I liked that Rose's "beautiful but shallow" friend was actually nice, I liked that lame-ass houseman Percy was a dick from the get go as opposed to leading to some big misunderstanding.
I didn't like that the "other woman" bitch barely existed, and Rose shouldn't have believed her at all. The bitchy other woman wasn't much of a bitch to Rose, but she did view a child die, basically. That was odd. I didn't like that the hospital got hit by a bomb AGAIN (seriously, this happens in so many Betty Neels books, and it isn't an adorable re-occurance, like everything else).
There was a lot of to and fro-ing, and a lot of the book focused on the whereabouts of a cat. This was nowhere near as charming as the usual loving descriptions of hovercrafts and what they ate.
I almost didn't request this book from NetGalley, because the premise sounded so silly, and not at all like something I am into. But I did anyway, andI almost didn't request this book from NetGalley, because the premise sounded so silly, and not at all like something I am into. But I did anyway, and I started reading it because I thought it would be something light and silly for me to read while I also read a book of short stories. A few hours later, I was so deeply involved that I wouldn't go to bed.
I knew Megan Hart was a pretty big name, and have had several of her books on my radar, but hadn't gotten around to reading them. I'm glad that this is the first, though, so I had no ideas going in. There's a lot about this book that is literary fiction, the erotica bits are very good, and necessary in many ways, but if the publisher wanted to, they could probably easily be toned down and have this sell to a larger audience. It shows the commitment to the genre that it wasn't (or maybe just shows that romance sales continue to skyrocket even when other genres sales plummet). There are some clear ties to other major works, most of these ideas aren't new at all, but the book acknowledges that and moves past it in an enjoyable way. I don't read much erotica compared to the amount of romance I read, so I do love when there is still a clear focus on the relationship and the romance. Emm and Johnny were a good couple with real problems and real reactions. He seemed like a genuinely good guy who worried about being too old for her and worried about his newly connected family.
I think I may have liked Emm as much as I did because of the way she talks, just like me. It became almost embarrassing that we say so many of the same phrases, "for realsies" and other cutesy crap. This sort of realistic speech can often get to be too damn much, but it stayed on a reasonable level for me, again possibly just because it is how my friends and I talk. The only issue I had was with how often Jen said "girl". And not even just "hay gurl hay", which is another thing that everyone I know says, but "GIRL" all the time in a way that made me feel like she was a stereotype, even though her skin color is never mentioned and there is a good chance that me assuming that Jen is black and therefore all of this is offensive probably just makes me racist.
At the end of the day, the back of the book blurb about a woman who has blackouts and is in the seventies is pretty inaccurate. There are big chunks of the book that are of the "I went to work. I came home and made some tea. Then I went to bed" variety, but I was interested and engaged the whole way through. The romance between now-Johnny and Emm was beautiful, but almost incidental to the story of a woman fighting her blackouts, feeling betrayed by her body, alternately wanting her parents to let go but still need her, etc. I will very likely buy this, and I would recommend this to people who don't like erotica as a great book anyway, provided that they aren't the type to faint at the word "cunt"....more
I'm a big fan of the homesteading romances where not much happens except daily routine, so that's not why I was lukewarm about this book. Maybe becausI'm a big fan of the homesteading romances where not much happens except daily routine, so that's not why I was lukewarm about this book. Maybe because I normally like the routine thing for the cooking, preserving, women's work type stuff and Anna wasn't into all of that. The same step-by-step detail was about logging instead, and I'm not as interested.
The actual romance was nice, everyone was a little unreasonable at some points, I understand why a man wants to be 'the first' so badly, but Anna had a very good reason for doing what she did, and her husband wasn't willing to look at it that way. She didn't have many other options to get the money for passage quickly. I don't normally like romances with a kid or a kid sibling since it does make the emotion need to go in three directions, but here it worked. ...more