Archive | March 20, 2013

short sweet romance

Watershed Cd Brennan

I received this via publisher in return for an honest review. I don’t gush and give false praise – I don’t believe that helps readers or authors so what you read is what I truly feel about a book.

The description gets it pretty right as far as the stories go, and Maggie is a likeable lady. Escaping to Australia for a while sounds like something I’d have wanted to do – my parents were quite controlling too and I was always expected to do what they wanted. Luckily it never got as far as poor Maggie with a husband picked out!!

Sometimes its hard to go against the weight of expectation of family and friends so I feel for Maggie and her story was very believable. Grey – grumpy Grey at first but soon warmed up. Once again its a romance that falters on the weight of misinformation and assumptions and almost escapes creation but true love wins through. I like a good “baddie” in the romance and he ex from Ireland who turned up proclaiming she was to be his wife was a great anti hero. Lizzy – who Maggie thought was Grey’s girlfriend was a sweet girl but she could have been a real bitch and I think that would have added some extra nastiness to counter all the sweetness. Too much sweet needs a balance and though there was some dramatic moments here I think not making her the female Nasty was a missed opportunity… I love a real bitch in a story, too much nice doesn’t cut it for me.

I enjoyed this book but it was a bit too “nice” for me, not enough tears to balance the smiles, and the drama wasn’t very deep. There again its quite a short novel so not really scope for very in-depth plots. Maybe that’s why longer novels are my preferred reading as they allow time to get into the characters and actions. Still if you want a quickish read or want shorter stories this is a sweet easy to read romance. At £2.71 for 127 pages personally I find it a bit overpriced but then I won’t re read it – if you love it and will then the price is fine. As always with Lyrical its edited impeccably. Authors take note – good editing is essential. 🙂 If I get too many mistakes especially when they make the story hard to follow then the book gets rejected. Don’t put all that effort into a story and let it down with bad editing.

Stars: I enjoyed it but wasn’t greatly moved emotionally by the characters or the plot. It was interesting enough to finish but not for a keeper so 3 stars. Better than just OK but not a four star read .

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