Archive | April 8, 2020

My Greek Island Summer, a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, Mandy Baggot

My Greek Island Summer, a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, Mandy Baggot

My Greek Island Summer: a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by [Mandy Baggot]

Genre: Romance, Women’s fiction

Bah, humbug. Women’s fiction. Why? Men write romance, men read romance. ’nuff said…

I wanted to like this story, it sounded perfect for me, and I’ve enjoyed many books from Mandy Baggot before. However I found the first quarter largely irrelevant IMO, I even went back to check I was reading the right book, it seemed so far removed from the description.
I really wasn’t feeling it, didn’t like Megan, thought Becky was a pushover and the other two workers a bit of a trope. Still, it got better slowly to first half, and then finally, finally, I fell into the story. That second half had the Greece I wanted, the romance I needed, although I still felt a bit underwhelmed by the other characters and the rest of the story. Somehow it felt like there was too much going on, Becky, her sister and the issues with the business, Greece and Elias’ family issues and of course Petra and her problems. I’m usually complaining if there’s not enough other parts than just the couple and the romance, but this went a bit too far. IMO. Towards the end it finally all tied up but it felt a little rushed, there was so much to deal with.
For me Elias and Becky needed to be the main story and the others supporting that. I love side plots, they can add so much depth to a story but this time I felt they detracted and took over the romance. I wasn’t entirely convinced Elias could change his very entrenched views about romance so easily. As usual though that’s just my opinion, reading is subjective and others will feel differently.
I liked it – but its not one I’d re-read, and I did skim read parts because I wanted to get back to the romance.

Stars: Three, one I liked but didn’t love.

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher

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