Falling in Love Again, Marilyn Forsyth
Well, I love a second chance romance and was really looking forward to this. sadly though it was an OK read, its wasn’t the Gem I’d hoped for…..And that cover – he looks about 16, not a grown man;-)
Jamie, fiercely devoted to his dad, he feels he owes him so much. Its just been the two of them struggling through life for so long, and his dad’s adorable but a bit of an adventurer, and Jamie’s grown up moving from one scheme to the next.
He’s at Uni/College when he meets and falls in love with Gem. then his dad comes up with a new moneymaking scheme and he’s off again. Gem was devastated when he left, thought they were in for a happy ever after.
I really liked Jamie, so loyal to his dad, hard working, loving and it was hard to see why he just left Gem, it seemed so out of character after the way they were together.
He’s such a happy man, so close to his dad, respected by the others in his community, and he just seems to have a streak of fun and lighthearted-ness running through him – except when he doesn’t, when he’s challenged and then I found his readiness to settle everything with a fight a bit unnerving.
That’s not a good move and happens more than once, made me feel that perhaps he could be a dangerous man, not the sunny guy he seems, and as a woman I’d be wary of someone so ready to use his fists. There are times here when its simply not necessary, unwarranted, he knows Gem doesn’t like it but does it anyway.
#Redflag Its a big flaw but the only one I see in him and not one that’s irredeemable, just a proceed with caution warning.
Gem, well….I just didn’t like her and that coloured the whole book for me.
She was pregnant when Jamie left, but he didn’t know, and she didn’t tell him. To be fair she was probably shocked having only just found out, but she soon took other roads, didn’t attempt to find him and let him know, and that was unfair and manipulative of her I felt.
She continues in that streak when she meets Jamie. She’s shocked to see him, but soon is being (IMO) very judgmental of him for wanting to make the most of his find. She has other plans for it, she calls him mercenary and yet she wants it so that she can secure a better position at work, so a little two faced of her. She takes – or at least thinks of and starts – other positions that add to that manipulative feeling I get from her.
The romance is OK, the setting a fun one, and some of the secondary characters interesting, but overall it was just an OK read for me, mainly as I didn’t take to Gem, and found the hate to love part of the story too easily resolved.
Stars: 2.5 to 3. Its an OK read but not liking Gem really made it hard for me to root for the romance..
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