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"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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I read pretty much all genre and sub-genre books. I must admit, though, that I don't read or enjoy many in the Romance genre, which is just too formula driven for my taste. And...for a Romance book, this one is improbable - from beginning to end both Lisa and Adam are filled with self-doubt and recriminations, carrying their own personal baggage that was never fully justified in either case. These characters did not grow or change as a result of their ordeal. Oh, sure, boy and girl rode off into the sunset at the end, but this genre wouldn't have it any other way, would it? They were essentially the same people they were when the book started.
Maybe it is just me - the story had a good premise - it just didn't get the treatment it deserved. Perhaps folks who read only Romance novels would enjoy this. I could not recommend it.
NOTE: There are quite a few errors (typos?) in this book - not sure if there was a proofreading or conversion problem.
Powell's first two novels, Time's Enemy and Time's Fugitive, were paranormal romances. This one is as well, but unlike the previous novels, the science fiction elements are played down a bit here. The premise is established early on, and it serves primarily to complicate the attraction between Lisa and Adam. But she still manages to juggle a lot of balls: Government cover-ups, the very real specter of job loss as a contractor, and the local color around Wright-Patt. A couple of the characters, Tom Rand, come off a little flat. Rand was a bit annoying until about halfway through the book. A killer named Skinner, whom Adam has dealt with before, instead seemed like a missed opportunity. He's a dark personality who could have provided another angle to Keller, who would have to deal with his animalistic mindset. However, I was surprised by Colonel Canfield, who promised to be a stock ice princess and turned out to be a rather sympathetic and complex character.
Lisa and Adam, however, sell this. Both have well-drawn backstories that Powell teases out over the course of the novel. Lisa was adopted by a soldier who rescued her from Vietnam as a small child while Adam requested a posting at Wright-Patt to take care of his dying grandfather and his ailing wife. His interaction with the alien drives him to the point of exhaustion, especially since he spends the first third of the book wondering who is in his head and making him freeze in 90-degree weather. What I particularly liked was Lisa's reasoning for building a rather dangerous application. She is driven by the death of her brother in Afghanistan and believes something like she's designed would have saved his life.
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