The weirdest thing about this book is the fact that although it's written in the heroine's first person POV, her character motivation was far more opa...moreThe weirdest thing about this book is the fact that although it's written in the heroine's first person POV, her character motivation was far more opaque and difficult to understand than the hero's.(less)
This short book had a lot going for it thematically: starchy hero gets unstarched by younger rock musician heroine who helps him repair his...more3.5 stars.
This short book had a lot going for it thematically: starchy hero gets unstarched by younger rock musician heroine who helps him repair his relationship with his teenage daughter (which he desperately wants to do). And I liked how the two of them (and the daughter for that matter) find common ground in one another's passion for their vocations (music and medicine) despite their apparent differences. I also liked that the heroine is not a wild child cliche: yeah, she has a belly button piercing and a tattoo, but she also has a good relationship with her family and she teaches music to kids. She likes herself. And though she may have some issues about getting more staid than she once was and having been burned by a cheating ex and best friend, it's not an over-the-top angstfest. Indeed, the hero has far more angst fodder (tough upbringing, divorce, dead ex-wife, estranged daughter) it's not overblown: he's genuinely happy about his career and actively wants to change.
I also liked that they fought in realistic, and often productive ways. Oh and respected one another and didn't want the other to change entirely.
But. I was turned off by the repetitive use of words like "primitive" or "animalistic" in relation to the hero's sex drive/attraction to the heroine. Not only was it sloppy writing it was also kind of squicky and certainly not in line with the tone of the rest of the book. (less)
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 o...moreMore 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. (less)
Okay so this book is largely written from a cat's point of view, a matchmaking cat who is also a witness to a murder and can do the moonwalk. And his...moreOkay so this book is largely written from a cat's point of view, a matchmaking cat who is also a witness to a murder and can do the moonwalk. And his mistress is a children's librarian who dresses up as Alice in Wonderland and Pippi Longstocking. Oh, and makes cupcakes with cats on them and wears cat pajamas. But! This book also seriously, gently deals with grief and involves a suspense/mystery plot.