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Born in Fire by Nora Roberts
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it was ok
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I absolutely loved Maggie’s story - her family, her art! - and I liked Rogan a lot, too. And then they met each other, and the story became about their relationship, and all sorts of contrived conflict and implausible resolutions, and I just didn’t buy it. I don’t buy them together. They’re too different, and their lives are too defined, and I don’t see how this sort of resolution could possibly work. It’s splitting hairs in the most simplistic way. It feels drawn up, by the numbers, too deliberate: Maggie conveniently can’t create anything when she falls in love, until she acknowledges her feelings; Rogan always planned to open a gallery in a sleepy, out-of-the-way place.

All the really interesting storylines go undeveloped so that the relationship can take center stage: Maggie finding that she likes money, and what it can buy her! I’d love to read a story about an artist with that conflict! Rogan, and his loner self, and his few friends who aren’t fully honest with him - I’d love to read more about that, too! Instead we get awkward family relationships and hasty elopements shoehorned in, in addition to a relationship that hangs on implausibilities.

Oddly enough, this book has great worldbuilding - and then it chooses to tell a story about other things.

I reread Genuine Lies and Public Secrets and Tribute just before this, and I have the opposite reaction to those: I have some problems with the storylines, but the central relationships are so compelling that they elevate the entire story. That doesn’t happen here.
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February 3, 2019 – Shelved
February 3, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewed

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Neusa do Vale Did you read the other 2 books?

Beth No, and right now I have no plans to. I wasn’t all that impressed with this one.

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