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The Bro-Magnet (a netgalley review)

The Bro-Magnet The Bro-Magnet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was going to write a nice long review for this one but then I read one that pretty much said it all.—> Fiction Vixen

So here I’ll explain why I gave it four stars despite my great love for Johnny Smith. There were three reasons (and two of them contain mild spoilers):

The first: Till about half the book we had been regularly told that Johnny had a keen interest in law and after he helped out one of his lawyer clients with a case, Helen (who’s a DA) declined to go out with him because he’d apparently helped a criminal go free.
Helen took exception to his fondness for finding ‘loopholes’. When Johnny got his chance with the girl he vehemently denied this just as he vehemently denied ever being interested in sports, or beer.
In the end when he realized that he and Helen were not so different after all (and that his drastic changes were not all necessary) the one thing that is never resolved is whether Helen finds out about Johnny helping out that other lawyer and how strongly she feels about it.

Two: The climax came at the very end and too few pages were given to its resolution. It was too abrupt.

Three: We never found out why Helen said no to him the second time he asked her out and what made her change her mind.

And that’s it. I loved Johnny, his voice, his memories of his childhood, his friends and family, his opinions, his earnestness, his honesty and his humour. This is a really funny book, where the punch lines jump out at you and make your belly ache.

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India Grey’s The Fitzroy Legacy (Double Review)

It’s been a while since I last read a contemporary romance from the Harlequin set and unless it’s Grey writing, it’ll probably be a while before I pick up another one again. Here’s a review of the two part Fitzroy Legacy…

Craving the Forbidden by India Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I was about nineteen when I pretty much stopped reading category romances. I still liked them, but none of the blurbs really called me to pick the books up.

I read this book because I had time and nothing else to do in it. Strictly speaking if I were to compare the writing, the technique, the character development and so on to many authors I’ve recently read in other genres I would end up giving it a hopeful 3 stars. But I’m not comparing.

I was feeling restless and grim and India Grey gave me a story light enough and sweet enough to bring me out of the doldrums and get interested in where her characters end up.

That’s a winner.

The story is stock. A girl helping out a friend, pretends to be his girlfriend while he figures out how to come out to them about his sexual orientation. She meets her friend’s half brother on the train and unwittingly earns both his interest and distrust. The brothers happen to be the sons of a very rich earl. The half brother, sexy and cynical, spends the weekend trying to expose her as a gold-digger but ends up falling for her. There is the moral dilemma of wanting your brother’s fiance and not being able to forget her. There is her dilemma of wanting to tell him the truth but not being able to betray her friend. In the end it comes down to trust. (more…)