Cover Me. Jennifer Lewis.
I like romance but it needs to be more than just sweet and light, needs some darkness or drama in it, and I wondered if the suspense angle of this one would fit. Well, I’ve mixed feelings, there were parts I really enjoyed, the sex scenes were well done and sensual and steamy, but then the characters actions descended into what I can only describe as juvenile behaviour, and made assumptions that bordered on racial stereotyping, such as when they see the run down block where the Russian model lives, find out there’s others living there and see posh black cars outside and see someone handing over a brown paper bag, they assume they’re drug pushers….given Ray is Puerto Rican ( I think, something like that) and hates the assumption that as he’s muscley and has has a prison record he must be a thug, and Allie hates the blonde+model=dumb bimbo, then I’d have though they’d be less quick to jump to conclusions about others. The whole court saga too just seemed too far from what would really happen. There were several episodes like that where I felt like rolling my eyes and saying “as if” …and the big scandal/reveal at the end that affects Allie, Ray and Angus just seemed to get glossed over in the search for a happy ending. I just couldn’t see things playing out that way in real life. Fiction is made up stories I know, but needs to follow some type of reality unless its fantasy genre…
So overall a good premise, parts that were well done but let down for me by some silly assumptions and behaviours. Sad but this didn’t work as more than just Meh/OK novel. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either, nothing really memorable about it.
If you want an easy to read novel and can get past the blocks that spoiled it for me then its well priced at £.34 for 326 pages.
Stars: 2.5, its not that I didn’t like it, but that I didn’t really enjoy it so between the two and three marker.