Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I'm going to go ahead and combine my writing and entertainment values for this book because both are basically non-existent. I read this while I was home sick from work last week and the best thing I can say about it is that it's a quick read. First of all, the writing was really really bad. I marked several passages where I actually had to put the book down and laugh or call Luke in to read a particularly awful sentence outloud. Because the copy I read was an ARC, I'm not going to quote those lines here, and just hope they were removed from the final copy. In general, these passages were of the throbbing member/heaving bosom variety.
When I started the book, I wasn't aware that MIRA is a Harlequin imprint, so it's possible that I had unreasonable expectations for the book. It's certainly not that I have any complaints about Harlequin as a publisher, but I think I would have expected more of the romance angle had I known. I didn't go into the book expecting any romance, much less for the devoted mother to meet a random man in a hotel bar and have a one night stand that ends in true love. Ah sweet mystery of life at last I've found you! The key to true romance is a drunken middle aged tryst with a man you meet at a hotel bar. At least now I have something to look forward to as I get older.
So basically, not only was the writing awful, the entire plot was completely unbelievable. Woman meets man in hotel bar. Woman sleeps with man. Woman's son accused of murder. Woman accused of being an accomplice. Woman hires an attorney who is (SHOCK!!) the one night stand! Woman and man fall instantly in love. They investigae. Guess what happens next? You probably won't be able to because it's really weird. And disturbing. Think child torture/fetuses in a jar type disturbing. All in the last fifty pages. By the time I finished the book, I felt like I was reading something completely different than I had started.
In sum, the writing was bad. The plot was worse. Do not recommend.
Posted by Julie G at 1:05 PM