Secrets In The Shadows (Shadows Collection Book 1) Kindle Edition
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OK, yes, I do enjoy romantic suspense. In fact, I love it! But there are times when I feel like there's something missing, and in this book's case, this was one of those times...
Lauren Grant will never forget that one fateful summer that changed her life and showed her how cruel the world can really be. But she's willing to fight for her happiness. Several years later, divorced with an adorable daughter, Lauren owns a cafe and is living life the way she always wanted - minus the husband. Yet all this changes when an act of vandalism destroys her shop, and brings her closer to her parents' new, charming neighbour, Charlie Clark. Can Lauren and Charlie find who's behind the hateful acts that target her in time? And how will Charlie convince her to give love and intimacy a second chance?
I enjoyed this story up to a certain point. I'm a sucker for small, cozy towns, and love heroines who don't mind trying their hardest to work things out in their life, instead of acting like poor, helpless victims. Lauren was a sweetheart, and Charlie's courting was too freaking adorable to survive at times.
I'll admit there wasn't much sexiness in this one, but hey, I think it made the book more realistic that way! Lauren still had that trauma to overcome, so it makes sense for her to be hesitant upon close contact with a male.
What brought the rating down was the suspense. Either I'm getting so damn good at guessing what's going to happen next because of all those books I've read, or the story was predictable. If there was some other element to take my mind off of it - sex, action, I don't know - it wouldn't have seemed so glaringly obvious to me. As it was, though, it took away the fun and the thrill books like this are supposed to give the reader...
"I wasn’t expecting it, wasn’t looking for it, but it happened, and I’m here. It scares me to death to admit, even to myself, but I love you, too, Charlie Clark." - Lauren Taylor Grant
“Can you help me forget? Just for a little while?” When he drew in a quick breath, she opened her eyes and saw the stunned look on his face. “I don’t mean sex."
"Charlie was aroused and, feeling that, she rocked her hips against his. He groaned and reached his hands down to stop her. “Lauren, no."
At one point the heroine's mom is even outraged when her son's girlfriend starts jumping up and down while clapping after a good bowling move. Given that there is no information about her doing this topless or flashing anyone, the mom's reaction and reference to decorum seems odd. In another scene a police officer tells a suspect not to be crude when he uses a four letter word starting with sh... Guess these are the Manners Police.
Readers who want a wholesome novel which the book morphs into, would surely be put off by the beginning of the book.
The characters fall clearly into saints and sinners categories with the requisite comments against abortion and the evils of alcohol.
Stilted dialogue is an issue:
"“Could you come over? I, um, I need you. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t ask.” He knew with certainty that something was very wrong. “I’ll be right there.” “You don’t have to. I shouldn’t have asked.”
"And I’m afraid I’ll fart or burp or something, and you’ll be done with me." I'm still shaking my head over this conversation. Least romantic discussion ever!
Half way through the novel, a character named Stacy seems to becomes the leading female. It was odd as a reader to see the focus switch so dramatically. I can only assume this was done to promote future books in the series.
The good news is that there are no glaring grammatical issues.
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