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The Saga of Rory G-ddamn Brady
on December 8, 2012
Rory Brady: Fascinating portrait of a complete sociopath. Rory Brady dated Erin for 8 years, planning marriage and a family, then dumped her over the telephone to pursue an NHL career. Now he's back in town and he's not afraid to let everyone know that he's Rory G-ddamn Brady and deserves a second chance. He deserves his girl back, his best friend back, the faith of his little Irish town, and the love of his Grandma.
And he never, ever apologizes. Well, scratch that. He does once, in Chapter 11. "Sorry for that," he tells Erin whom he has been told was on suicide watch by the town when he broke her heart. Sorry for that, but we will be getting back together. Because I'm Rory G-ddamn Brady and that's what I've decided.
He even says in an internal monologue that while he may have utterly destroyed Erin, so much so that he didn't even recognize her skeletal figure on the street the day he returns, it's been so good for her because she stands up for herself. I'm Rory G-ddamn Brady, patting myself on the back. I really can't remember the last time I read such an unlikeable leading man.
So of course, not-so-plucky Erin runs right back to Rory G-ddamn Brady because, well, he's Rory G-ddamn Brady, don't you know? And she abandons perfectly well-adjusted Jake who's done nothing but be nice to her. But it's okay! Because Rory G-ddamn Brady points out that an over the hill, married woman named Sandra with four kids has always liked Jake and Jake is all, "Awesome! I always wanted to raise some other dude's four horrible children and be the go-between in a messy divorce!"
'Cause the author wouldn't want Erin to look like a total bee-yotch for just leaving Jake in the lurch like that. Gotta throw him a bone. Even if it's a dried up, crap ton of baggage hauling, victim of domestic violence bone. Contrived plot, anyone?
And then Rory G-ddamn Brady does another thing that only Rory G-ddamn Brady would do: He BLAMES Jake for Sandra's abusive marriage. Because you know if Jake had just dated Sandra (who he barely knew) in high school instead of crushing on Erin (who he knew really well), Sandra wouldn't be the worn out slag she is now. What were you thinking, Jake, not being able to see the future and not being willing to settle for second best so that Rory G-ddamn Brady can have everything handed to him on a silver platter?
So Rory and Jake have a sit down wherein Jake gives Erin to Rory. Because she's property like that. And Rory is all pompous acting like it just should have been that way all along and why can't everyone just get on the Rory G-ddamn Brady Train Already?
So Erin goes through a long mental litany of how she has feelings for Rory...so she must love him. And how Rory was nice to her...so she must love him. And never once does she ever just love....Erin, but whatever. Rory takes her out driving and screws her in his car. Because Erin's not worth a bed or anything fancy like that. And after the horizontal mambo even Erin thinks about how Rory dumping her heartlessly was just SO good for her. She doesn't need him to feel complete. Which is, you know, why they're back together now. Because she doesn't need him. If you don't need him, Erin, how about getting on a plane and studying art in, say, FRANCE, where they have a crap ton of it?
I'll spare you the rest except to say this is a romance. But no one loves Erin. Not even Erin. And there's a forced HEA. If there's a sequel, then he cheats on her. And he'll make it all her fault, because he's Rory G-ddamn Brady.
This is the first Deirdre Martin book I read. It'll be my last. In fact, at the same time I checked this one out I checked out several others. I'll just tiptoe back to the library and dump off the others without bothering to read them because this was just complete horsecrap.