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3.0 out of 5 stars Not in the Plan, July 7, 2011
This review is from: Second Time Around (Paperback)
Five years after her boyfriend left her, Korie has moved on with her life. She's in the best physical shape, her business is prospering and she's involved with millionaire businessman DeVaughn Harris. Her ex boyfriend, Darren, on the other hand, has not gotten over walking out on Korie. While everything in his life is going well, the only thing missing is Korie. Is a second time around in the cards for Korie and Darren?

Three things I can always count on from Darrin Lowery is 1) great sex, 2) a good song selection and 3) a story to talk about. In the case of SECOND TIME AROUND, I didn't quite get what I wanted. While the concept was interesting, SECOND TIME AROUND was very repetitive, resulting in redundancy and making this read not as enjoyable as it could be. Repetition included the constant references to how much things cost - a 500-dollar dress, 3,000-dollar custom made suit, 100,000-dollar car, 4,000-dollar bed, 2000-dollar weave. I found it quite annoying and not necessary to the plot's development. The story also veered off many times taking unnecessary side trips by giving too much information about irrelevant characters or details not pertinent to the plot. (Example: the explanation of Bryce's therapy sessions.)

I normally come away from one of Darrin's book with the need to make a CD based on the songs he mentioned, but in this novel the constant mention of what particular song was playing each and every time a character did something was excessive. Also excessive: such-and-such has a body like . Women had bodies long before Beyonce. I would have preferred if the characters were described instead of just being likened to a celebrity, with a little less emphasis on the physical and more on their personalities.

Also of concern, the narration. This novel occasionally slips from third to first-person narration, particularly at the end of chapters. And there was more telling than showing. The plot slowed down considerably with the narrating of situations and then would pick back up momentarily with dialogue, only to slow down again with narration.

Despite the issues I had with SECOND TIME AROUND, it's not a bad read and Darrin definitely is a talented brother, but this just wasn't his best book. Clear of the redundancy and editing quirks, this could have been a really great read. That said, I look forward to Darrin's next book.

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