Hearts on Fire, St. Caroline Series Book 2, Julia Gabriel
Genre: Women’s Fiction,Romance
I love Julia’s writing, both as Julia Gabriel and as Marie Martine but this book? Well, sadly its a fail for me.
I felt for Becca, poor woman has a history of disasters and was so determined not to be a burden, to do her best for everyone that she always put herself last. When it came to the romance with Jack though? Well, I just didn’t feel it. certainly there was nothing between them except that one night when they were teens, and even that felt odd to me. Which was he, awkward geek, or college Golden boy? Because there’s a world of difference and the Golden Boy certainly wouldn’t have needed help losing his virginity, the girls would have been all over him – as Nan would say “like s hit sticks to a blanket” !!
Fast forward seven years and this time they do get romantic, but even so I was entirely convinced by them. I didn’t feel the chemistry, that pull, that must be together sense some couples have.
I was waiting for whatever was going to happen to bring The Baby up, and waiting, and waiting. Its not til the last quarter that really makes a part of the story. Somehow I’d expected it to figure much larger in the overall plot but it felt almost like an add on.
As always though, not all readers like all books and though this wasn’t a good fit for me it could be perfect for you. Maybe its just this book didn’t work for me, maybe its this series? I don’t know, I do know I love Julia’s work and not liking this book won’t put me off further ones from her.
Stars: A two sadly, well written but a story just not right for me
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