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To me, this reads like a dated 80s romantic suspense
on January 17, 2013
I'm kind of surprised by how much AGAINST THE ODDS disappointed me. It came across as a very dated romantic suspense novel, and I kept wondering when it was written, thinking that maybe this was a re-release, but no, it's new. When the story described the heroine as wearing "blouses," jeans, and Reebok sneakers, I had this flashback to the 80s. Then the hero wore a blue, flowered shirt to a fancy dinner and the pictures in my brain weren't pretty.
Alright, so what turned me off? First and foremost it has to be the heroine, Sabrina. She's supposed to be this "fiesty" redhead who overcame a provincial, smalltown upbringing to become a female stockbroker. Any woman who can work in what is still a male-dominated field should have a tremendous amount of confidence, right? Wrong, Sabrina was terribly insecure and downright naive when it came to dealing with men. She didn't strike me as an authentically modern woman as the story progressed, and this turned her into nothing more than a damsel-in-distress. Bleck.
I thought the beginning was strong, and I liked how the couple were thrown into dire straights almost immediately, but before they could really bond and generate some chemistry the author pulled their butts out of the fire. After that it was pretty much downhill for me.
The writing was certainly competent, but it lacked that sizzle and polish that I've come to expect (and obviously been spoiled by). Also, I absolutely hate it when the woman protests at the beginning of a sex scene with stuff like, "No, we shouldn't, we can't..." etc. This happened twice, and once was too much for me. I realize that this is a personal preference, because some readers do like that whole, reluctant woman who must be seduced scene, but personally, I hate it.