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One More Time by Karen van der Zee
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Jun 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: e-books, harlequin-presents, exotic-settings
Read from May 13 to 26, 2011

'Sanny Joy Copeland, itinerant journalist.'
'Sanny Joy,' he repeated slowly, as if tasting the words. 'I like it.'
'I hate it. It sounds like the name of a toilet bowl cleaner.'

With this brilliant start, we launch on a heavily dialogue-centric, unusual HP set in Africa. The banter is very enjoyable, at least for the 1st 1/2 of the story. The plot is good and the writing is good, but the pacing didn't quite work for me. I liked the banter in the beginning but it does get old after a while, and I found myself wanting something more substantial that I could sink my teeth into. Then the pace picks up with the sex and the flashbacks and angsting. Then it bogs down again in the heroine's bizarre dreams and more snark. And so on.

Overall though it is a good read. The heroine is likable despite pushing everyone away. I felt her angst very well, but did get impatient with her toward the end. The hero is likable too and pleasingly persistent/stalkerific, without ever being a jerk. He's a bit bland, having some of his POV would make me feel that I got to know him better. It's nice to see an ordinary guy as a HP hero though, and I really appreciated that he wasn't some Greek/Spanish/Italian gazillionaire. The sexual tension is hot in the 1st 1/2, but the sex when it comes is not graphic. The ending is sweet and appropriate.

I love unusual settings in my HP's and have to give the Africa locale big points. It's almost a 3rd character in the story, it's so omni-present. Wonderful description of landscape, villages, beaches, foods, rundown hotels. Brings this up to a good 4*.
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Reading Progress

05/13 page 1
05/15 page 20
11.0% "Not enough time to read lately :("
05/25 page 100
53.0% "Just not grabbing me yet..."
05/26 page 189
100.0% "Like the ending"
02/13 marked as: read
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) That's too bad. I hope your schedule clears up, Scully!

AgentScully Thanks Dr D

seton Oooo, a rare Scullific review. And for my fave HP too. Great job, Scully :-)

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MelissaB Great review Agent Scully! Love unusual settings too!

AgentScully Thanks girls!

So Seton what is Scullific? The opposite of prolific? Soporific? :-)

Melissa the hero wasn't alpha, just sayin' (but he was persistent!)

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