I mean, look at that pretty cover, read the awesome sounding concept (despite there existing in the market too many Hades and Persephone stories already) and then think to yourself in the first chapter that this book is different -it actually explores the mother daughter relationship that is such a huge part of the greek story. And then meet the hero.
Up till then we were fine. Fine. But after that the apparently strong and self sufficient heroine turns into a whimpering damsel in distress and the gods that are supposed to be scary and intimidating turn out to have the social structure of high school seniors. Literally.
On a secondary blog I’ve started this new project. A sort of 60 books in 60 days kind of thing.
Only in this case I have no deadline, only a very long list of books to finish. This list is compiled of hardbacks and paperbacks that many people have told me are the best English Literature has to offer. I some times think I might like to study literature, but I’m pretty sure that my current finished pile of romance novels and urban fantasy pot boilers wont recommend me to any university. So (with a shrug and a lot of scepticism) I embark upon this…erm, paper walk?
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…
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…)
The best thing about this book? It surprises. How often do teenage romances surprise you? The protagonist is a smart, level headed girl who (predictably) has issues to sort through, but never spirals down into melodramatic fits.
They said in the blurb that there is a love triangle in the story. It took me half the book to find it. It’s perfectly placed. I’m glad it took me that long, and while I kept wandering – what love triangle? She’s already with the guy she wants – Kenneally snuck up the ‘other guy’ into my heart. I liked him from the get-go, but assumed he was a really strong secondary character.
After all the stuff I wrote above it’ll take you five minutes to realize who the other guy is once you start the book. But I’m sure you’ll appreciate her writing never the less.
Jordon is a little prejudiced against the cheerleaders who fraternize with the more social of her team, since some of them make a point of trashing her out of hearing of the boys, but she gets over it, and I like how the author portrays the girl’s biases and faults. It endears Jordon to me.
Great read, I’ll probably come back to it again in a few months. 🙂
The trouble with giving this one 3 stars is that I know I’m lowering it to the level of other books I’ve given the same score to. They weren’t really this good.
Unfortunately, as I’m going through Ms Kelly’s works most of them are getting 4 stars from me, which (as I grow in reviewing experience) is no longer a very common thing from me. (more…)