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Gawd, not again...
on August 1, 2014
The woeful tale of a woman, Faith West, who is jilted at the alter but still goes on the honeymoon excursion to spite it all, and being stalked by hunky ex-military stud Caine Hunter was a good and potentially exciting, and hot, idea.
Then it all went downhill from there.
There were glimmers of hope, only to be dashed by eye-roll worthy scenes you've read before and while, not bad, you've read them before. A million times before. It's also slow, and kind of boring. It's not a hot and bothered sizzling type of contemporary romance--which is fine but then the character growth and plot development needs to make up for it. It doesn't have to be riveting or even deep, it just has to be interesting.
Linz, unfortunately, goes for every trope and cliche of a romance novel. Faith is likable enough but she's all over the place. Then there's the love interest--Caine. How many times do we have to be told how tormented, tough and wounded he is and all he needs is a feisty beautiful women to melt his hard-shelled heart? Show us, stop telling...and telling, and talking and telling. Also, I wasn't sure if it was meant to be campy but it definitely did but it either wasn't enough or too much.
The main crime of this book is the lack of any chemistry between our leads. It was so forced and predictable. The plot, meh, it was okay. Linz just didn't have a very good handle on her story or any idea where her characters were going, which was nowhere. They weren't interesting or stood out, they were predictable and bland.
Linz is a solid writer with good ideas. I will try her other books. Mad, Bad and Blonde is a light beach read that I'm sure most will enjoy because you don't have to think hard, invest much and can forget about immediately after you read it. For me, it was 5 Zzzzzz's on all accounts.