Three Minutes to Happiness. The Logan Series, Book 2. Sally Clements
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
In the mood for romance I picked up this one. Its a simple story, not riveting, not gripping where you just Have to know what comes next, but a well written and plotted, standard romance. Val is a sweet lady, but with the examples of her failed marriage and her mums serial boyfriend/husband encounters, she’s convinced true love doesn’t exist, and its a waste of effort looking for it. She’s happy – ish- with her quiet life, trying to get by and build a career, and then flatmate Maggie drags her to a speed dating event where she meets Finn. He’s in a similar position, believing true love and all that to be a myth. He’s happy with his friends with benefits encounters, and keeping everything casual, and then cousin Sorcha drags him speed dating as she wants to find someone for herself. When he sees Val, bam…something hits him.
I liked both Finn and Val, they’re characters that feel very real, and the reasons for their lack of belief in love are very sincere, they honestly believe what they feel. Too often motivations and reasons given for people’s behaviours just don’t add up, here they do, we see and understand the reasons they feel as they do, and it adds to that feeling they could be people we know. I want my leads to feel realistic, to feel as if I could know them, and I need to empathise with they way they act and believe.
Initially they have that connection, but they both thinks twice and its not til they meet unexpectedly some weeks later that things heat up again. Though they’ve tried neither has been able to put the other out of their mind. Val isn’t joining the harem though – its only her on not at all. Finn’s so entranced, caught, absorbed by her he does what to him would have been unthinkable previously, and tells the other ladies its over. In doing so he learns something about how people feel, when it doesn’t go quite as he expected. He’s on a learning curve all round, and ready for change but Val is determined to keep things light and fluffy though the sexual tension between them just sizzled off the page, and they couldn’t keep their hands off each other. . The sex scenes were very well done, not overly graphic, or sleazy but very sensual and intimate. Then the family party….and its drama all round. That ought to suit me with my hankering for tears and sadness ,but though it fitted the story line, and other things were going on with Val that slotted in, it didn’t quite give me the deep flavour of sadness I needed. Sort of sad-lite 🙂 and not the “oh god, what’s he/she going to do now??” that I need.
Overall I enjoyed this book, a good solid read, I liked it but I just didn’t love it – its a good read as a one off, but not one for keeping or re reading for me. Still, if a sexy, gentle, romance is what you want this is perfect. Priced at £1.86 for 179 pages is average for the genre.
Stars: three and a half.
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