More of a 2.5 stars, I suppose. I think the author has some promise and the prose is smooth enough but neither the situation nor the emotional logic oMore of a 2.5 stars, I suppose. I think the author has some promise and the prose is smooth enough but neither the situation nor the emotional logic of the characters and their actions make sense. I notice that other commenters have said that they find the heroine too unsympathetic and here's the thing - I can get down with a difficult heroine, if I can understand her, and if it seems like through the course of the story she comes to understand herself. And that nominally happens here, but.
I dunno, maybe if we got more of a sense of what the h/h's friendship was like when it was functional (if not completely honest).
Also, I do like the idea of treating the fallout from sexual violence as something difficult but survivable, and this might sound weird but normal (which is the sad but true fact of things). And sure, the premise here that she wants to have sex with her BFF as a way to move past her trauma is totally Romancelandian in nature, I could have found it more believable if the supposed trust between these two were actually evident when she makes the request, i.e. if it didn't happen during their first conversation in six months when he has just learned of the assault. ...more
This was my least favorite of the trilogy (with A Lady Never Lies coming in first by a long shot). Neither Wallingford nor Abigail fully rang true forThis was my least favorite of the trilogy (with A Lady Never Lies coming in first by a long shot). Neither Wallingford nor Abigail fully rang true for me as characters and the conclusion of the ghosty supernatural plotline sounded hollow - I think perhaps because the way that the genre split over the course of the trilogy favored "historical" over "paranormal" this positioned the ghost subplot in a parable slot, yet if there was a deeper meaning or "moral" to the story I don't know what it was, but I do know that it didn't really dovetail with the other three love stories. Which is too bad because I really liked the idea of a trilogy in which all three stories are taking place simultaneously, but I don't think the execution was structurally sound shall we say.
Will definitely check out future books by this author though. ...more
The pacing was at times odd, and the ending in particular seemed rushed, but this was overall quite an enjoyable, easy read because of Magu3.75 stars?
The pacing was at times odd, and the ending in particular seemed rushed, but this was overall quite an enjoyable, easy read because of Maguire's ability to make her world and characters feel real.
Am I the only one who likes her "Cara McKenna" erotica better? And perhaps more on account of the quality of writing than the steaminess factor? I wonder if it's at all because of the fact that her brand of wonkiness - not just in the characters/premise but in her narrative style - just doesn't meld as well with category romance. Because I definitely prefer her single title Samhain releases to her Harlequins... ...more