**spoiler alert** I first read this book over a year ago. I sort of liked it then, but didn't love it enough to go out right away and look for the oth...more**spoiler alert** I first read this book over a year ago. I sort of liked it then, but didn't love it enough to go out right away and look for the other books in the series. I figured that if I ever came across them used and cheap, that I'd pick them up. It took over a year, but I eventually did and once I'd read those, I ended up rereading Slightly Dangerous. Having read the whole series, now, I think there's more to nit-pick on than I originally found.
Most of the general comments I've made about Balogh's books hold true for this one. I have to give credit, though, for the fact that there was no fake betrothal or marriage in this one, for which I was extremely glad. I might have screamed if there had been.
The biggest problem I had with this book was with Wulf himself. I said in the reviews of the previous books in the series that I just didn't really like him. He had no personality and seemed like a cold-hearted bastard. That opinion didn't really change during his own book. His character is intriguing and there was a lot of potential with him, but I think Balogh pushed his image too far. There's a line between having a mysterious, icy-cold hero with a hidden heart, and having a hero who too often comes across as a heartless bastard. More often than not, I saw Wulf as the latter. She doesn't have him bend enough to be likable, at least in my opinion. There's hints of it toward the end of the book, but not enough to make him work as a hero in a romance novel.
But the bigger problem related to that, is his image as a character completely does not work with that of Christine. She's a bubbly, light-hearted, carefree person, the utter complete opposite of Wulf. She's everything he's not. Now, having an opposite's-attract relationship is popular, and often works in books, but there's a point where having clashing personalities works, and this isn't it. Wulf and Christine don't just clash, they have completely different beliefs, actions, goals, ways of living, etc. Nothing at all about them works. When I got to the end of the book, I just had a really hard time imaging that they would be able to live a relatively harmonious marriage. An example of this would be their beliefs on raising children. Christine had a hands-on attitude. She wanted children out and about, interacting with everyone, and just being children. But Wulf didn't like the noise of them running around the house. He thought they should remain in their nursery, taken care of by nannies and whatnot, and basically being occasionally seen and rarely ever heard. This was one of Christine's biggest problems with him. Yet at the end, there was no compromise in this area. Wulf never seemed to bend enough to say that maybe having children about and playing wasn't so bad, and Christine certainly wouldn't like his viewpoint. So I was left thinking, how are they possibly going to co-exist? The pairing, in the end, was just too much of a mismatch for me.
One other thing I can think to say about this book, and really the series as a whole, is that Balogh's sex scene's have very little variety, and seem virtually interchangeable. The location may vary, but the actions and the vibe are very similar...the same foreplay, sequence of events, thoughts, words, etc. It kinda gives the impression that Balogh's not big on writing sex scenes, but as a romance writer knows they're a bit necessary and so just follows this model and plops down a sex scene.
Anyway, aside from my problems with Wulf, the book wasn't so bad. I really liked Christine, and I enjoyed the overall storyline. If Wulf had been better developed, then the book would have been pretty good.(less)
This book might not appeal to many Brockmann fans. It's a different type of book than her Troubleshooters and TDD series. Embraced By Love is more of...moreThis book might not appeal to many Brockmann fans. It's a different type of book than her Troubleshooters and TDD series. Embraced By Love is more of a traditional romance about two people in love who find their ideals and goals for the future clashing and almost destroying their relationship. If you're a Brockmann fan looking for something suspenseful and similar to her popular books, then you may want to skip this one.(less)
**spoiler alert** I actually read this book first over a year ago. It was one of the first few non-Nora Roberts romances I read. After reading Bright...more**spoiler alert** I actually read this book first over a year ago. It was one of the first few non-Nora Roberts romances I read. After reading Bright Eyes and Blue Skies, I figured I'd skim through it so I could catch some of the connections that I'd missed the first time around from not having read the preceding books. Instead, I pretty much ended up re-reading the entire book.
My Sunshine is a wonderful romance. Anderson has a real knack for these kinds of stories. It's a real change of pace to read about characters with problems such as brain damage or blindness. It's nice to read a story that shows that just because tragedy has forever changed someone's life, they still can find happiness.
Laura and Isaiah are a great couple. There friendship is a great base for a romantic relationship. You're just really drawn to these characters throughout the story. The bit of suspense is a nice addition to the story. It's adds a little extra meat.
The first time I read this book, I liked it, but I didn't fully appreciate it. I was still pretty new to the overall romance genre, and was too focused on certain story aspects. But now that I've spent a year reading all different kinds of romances, I can look at this book more objectively. And I ended up liking it more. Definitely a great read in the romance/drama category.
I know that there have been some criticisms of this book, along with Blue Skies, and Phantom Waltz (the 1st Coulter story) about their realism in dealing with disabled characters, but the fact of the matter is, unless you suffer from the affliction yourself, you are going to have a hard time in making a book truly realistic. You can do all the research you want, but you're still going to miss somewhere. Maybe Anderson's books lack a little realism, maybe not, but for the average reader, everything works. (less)