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Spare Me the Drama Paperback – December 15, 2015
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This is the first book I have read by Karen Tomsovic. I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Spare Me the Drama has a lot going on. The hero, Martin Leon, writes for a day-time soap opera. His wife who wrote the soap opera with him has died. They had eight children. He mourns his wife deeply for a good part of the book. While the heroine, Roxanne Hunter, is introduced fairly early, there is not really any romance between the pair for quite some time.
Roxanne believes she is unmarriageable. She is an ex-actress and now she has made her fortune selling her own brand of mattresses. She has known Martin for years since she played a character in the soap opera for a short time and was also his late sister’s best friend. I liked her character, but she does have a few odd turns that were never explained. She has issues with food for one, but I never understood why.
The chemistry between the hero and the heroine is there but comes out well into the book. I liked Roxanne and Martin, but I would have liked to have developed a stronger connection to them, to really get inside their heads. That did not happen because there are so many sub-plots in this story.
Two of Martin’s children have a strong presence in this story. If you enjoy YA stories, then you will find them entertaining. For me, this took away from Martin and Roxanne, which kept me from becoming vested in their characters.
After the halfway point, the story picks up and becomes centered on the romance developing between the hero and heroine. I enjoyed that part quite a bit. In fact, it turned me around and took this book from 3 Gold Crowns to 4. Unfortunately, the ending dropped it back to a 3 again. I don’t want to give details, but what happens to Roxanne should not have happened in my estimation. Plus, the ending was a bit abrupt.
While there were issues for me, overall, I did enjoy the story. If you enjoy women’s fiction and strong family relationships, then you will like Spare Me the Drama. I’m probably not the best judge of this type of story since I’m a true romantic at heart, and for me, the romance is secondary in this book. Happy reading!