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The Search by Nora Roberts
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Sep 02, 10

bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, romance, suspense
Read from August 25 to September 01, 2010

Tone: Intense, Woman-Power
Setting: Washington State, Orca Island, Rural, Wilderness
Characters: Strong Woman, Female Friendship, Tough Man
Language: Contemporary, Short Sentences
Pacing: Steady with intense moments
Interesting Elements: Wood-working, Dogs, Search and Rescue, Anger Management
Readalikes: Montana Sky by Nora Roberts, Dog-walking romance series by Susan Donovan

This was a fairly typical Nora Roberts read. I often feel that she is recycling character molds, and the heroine, Fiona, was familiar - strong but feminine with a kick-ass mentality. She has lived through quite a bit of trauma and is stronger for it. However, I am often bothered by how strong the Roberts women are - I often don't identify with them because I think they should be freaking out a little more instead of how they sit and have a pity party for two minutes and then are miraculously ready to take on the world. Still, despite this inhuman strength, I liked Fiona and very much enjoyed her three dogs and the details that the story included about training for and participating in search and rescue operations. However, I felt that the hero, Simon, was well and newly developed. He admittedly has a problem with anger management and is often gruff and un-emotional. I liked how he often pulled Fiona out of her fear by igniting her anger. I never did feel the heat between them, despite the bouts of sex. I am also often annoyed by the conversations in Robert's books - the characters seem to speak in short, to the point dialect that often sounds like some kind of code or short hand. This often seems to be unemotional even during some of the more emotional scenes. I keep meaning to stop reading her books, but I just loved Montana Sky and some of her paranormal stuff so much that I can't seem to stop. Oh well ...
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