After really enjoying the first book in this series, I felt a little let down by this one. It was a nice, light read - which was exactly what I was loAfter really enjoying the first book in this series, I felt a little let down by this one. It was a nice, light read - which was exactly what I was looking for - but it was a little too formulaic for me to really love.
Part of the problem I found was that I wasn't distanced enough from the awesome Mac and Carter. Too much time was spent reminding me how happy they were, and setting up the love interests for the upcoming books, so that I didn't really feel like I got to know Jack at all.
I read a review saying Emma got to have a tantrum and be treated like the victim, and that struck a chord with me but I didn't think it was entirely fair. After all, we all want what we want, and if it's marriage and babies then a man with a "maybe this will last out the summer" attitude isn't really going to cut it.
Enjoyable enough to read, and left me hoping for more from the next two books....more
I've never been a big fan of arrogant, rich heroes who end up knowing what the heroine wants better than she knows herself. That being said, I enjoyedI've never been a big fan of arrogant, rich heroes who end up knowing what the heroine wants better than she knows herself. That being said, I enjoyed reading this. It was fun and the plot was interesting. Be prepared for lots of dark glances, smouldering eyes and harsh conversations with sexy outcomes. A nice, light read. ...more
I found this book really weird and certainly not what I was expecting. It follows the love lives of several women linked by circumstance and friendshiI found this book really weird and certainly not what I was expecting. It follows the love lives of several women linked by circumstance and friendship in an idyllic medium-sized community. It starts when Cecilia, who is trying to get a divorce after less than a year following the death of her baby, is told by the presiding judge that she will have to go to a hearing, and in the meantime they should try mediation. The Judge, Olivia, is falling in love with the local newspaper editor, a newcomer with a shaded past, while her daughter Justine dates a creepy older man and pretends not to be love with (oh I love you so much!) Seth just to spite the whole dammned world and their obsession with family.
On the positive side, Macomber's characterisation is beautiful. I really fell in love with several of her characters, especially the uncomplicated Seth and the haunted Cecilia. No one was exactly as you expected, and the same went with the plots - in particular the plot line involving Olivia's friend Grace, which was really well handled. The pacing was something I had to get used to. The plot didn't move in a linear progression, it was more a meandering stroll through a park than an action-packed motorway.
But what really bugged me was the constant use of passive voice. Now, I don't mind some "telling". It gives writing a feel of oral tradition, you sit down there and I'll tell you how she felt, acted, what she thought etcetera. But really parts of the writing were so text-book bad in terms of passive voice that I just burst out laughing.
It was obvious that the writer was very conservative, but honestly most romances are. Marriage is THE goal, regardless of whether you think it is or not, and divorce is not for 35 years of unhappiness, only for 6 months of desertion. (Sorry, I get a little bitter thinking about that plot line.) However it doesn't really ram your face in it, it's more just a story about people with conservative views.
This book is like a warm cup of home-made cocoa on a cold, grey day. For technique you'd probably do better going to a cafe, but that doesn't change the fact that it's warm, sweet and really, really comforting. ...more
This book starts with Australian Tildy standing on a street in small-town America in the middle of winter. As she's wearing a crumpled wedding dress aThis book starts with Australian Tildy standing on a street in small-town America in the middle of winter. As she's wearing a crumpled wedding dress and holding a two-tiered wedding cake she soon attracts the attention of Marc, an architect from New York who is in town to briefly visit his family.
The characters in this book were very well drawn. I loved Tildy's no-nonsense attitude, and I completely empathised with her decision to sleep in her car rather than admit how badly she'd been taken in by her despicable ex. The secondary characters were excellent - Lori and Brian was one of the best examples I've ever seen of a secondary romance made intriguing without intruding on the main storyline.
While some aspects of the characters felt a little exaggerated (the amount Lori's son had changed within the course of a year, how much resentment Marc had built up given his relatively short term as "dad", Tildy's Christmas dreams) I really enjoyed the and gentle pace and humour of this cosy romance. Definitely glad I bought it and I look forward to reading other books by Fiona Lowe. ...more
If I had written this book and was trying to pitch it to a publisher, I'd describe it as Bernie Rhodenbarr meets Stephanie Plum. The only problem wasIf I had written this book and was trying to pitch it to a publisher, I'd describe it as Bernie Rhodenbarr meets Stephanie Plum. The only problem was there was too much of the Plum-style for me, and I found myself wishing for more book & murder talk and less description of all the terrible food she eats (while staying slim without exercising, because, you know, it's a book) and less staring at the cute guys who routinely showed up to save her.
2.5 stars, but up to 3 because I now have a new method to try for getting the foxing off my older books ^_^...more