- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Brigham Distributing (September 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599928035
- ISBN-13: 978-1599928036
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 830 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,474,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I try to compare apples to apples when writing a review and I judge a book against others in the same genre. To me, this book read a lot like a light, older-style Harlequin Romance with mild romantic suspense elements. That is not an insult, because I like the category romance genre, and sometimes it is exactly what I am in the mood for reading.
I was puzzled about the complaint of a reviewer who felt that this type of book raises unrealistic and possibly dangerous expectations in female readers. I’ve been reading romance books since I was twelve years old and I never had problems differentiating fictional romance from reality. I think most readers see romance books as escapist literature, much as with mystery, science-fiction and fantasy books. I also read serious literature and non-fiction books, but escapist literature definitely has its place.
As category romance books go, this was well done and typical of the genre. Was it perfect? No. The heroine was a bit judgmental initially, but that was to highlight how her attitude changed as she got to know people. As well, the heroine recognized her mistakes, apologized and tried to make up for them.
The hero’s Bell’s Palsy plot device aspect was a bit weak, but the author had the heroine beginning to warm up to the hero before he was cured. As written, it was the attitudes and preconceptions of both the hero and the heroine that caused the conflict between them, and that had nothing to do with the hero’s looks.
In summary, this was light, mindless reading, perfect for relaxing at the end of a frustrating day. It was a perfectly clean read with ‘insta-love’ and a low key romance and minor mystery. Writing mechanics were excellent and the pacing was leisurely but even. It’s not an A-list romance book but it is a solid B-list book. I gave it four stars because despite some minor flaws, it was well written and entertaining when judged against other books in a Harlequin-style, B-list category. Readers who dislike Harlequin Romance books, or those who expect a solid suspense story will likely hate this book. Read it for what it is, though, and it holds up to expectations.
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