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A book begging to be read on the beach, with the sun warming the sand and salt in the air: pure escapism.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Readers will appreciate that, while Mallery keeps the tone romantic and fun, the protagonists make hard choices and don't default to the easy way out, giving everyone a character to root for.-- "Booklist"
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- ASIN : B09LGNNJJX
- Publisher : Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (May 31, 2022)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200915521
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.35 x 0.63 x 6.69 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,275,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2022
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Thank you Susan!
and their challenges . It is amazing how some people live or behave the way they do.
There is romance and heartbreakers. This book is a must read and hard to put down.
What went wrong was the disconcertingly raw, crude terminology involving any reference to sex. The aggressive language is much closer to the way men talk to each other in a bar, NOT the way women think -- or want to read in a "romance."
For example: After attending a high-toned fundraiser banquet, Bree's not-yet boyfriend is sitting with her in the parking lot; and suddenly he's asking whether she masturbates.
EXCERPT."...'Is it manually, or is there equipment involved?' He leaned back in the seat and closed his eyes. 'I picture you in bed, on your back, legs spread. Trimmed bush. The whole nothing-down-there-look isn't my thing. You start out slow, circling your clit, then going faster and faster.'"
EW. So anatomically, gracelessly graphic.
And that's BEFORE fearful Bree even agrees to an actual romance with the guy, whom the author obviously wants us to LIKE. And supposedly Bree is turned ON by this?
I like a good romantic sex scene as well as anyone, but this kind of approach was needlessly coarse, and jarringly pervasive. (Sorry, I'm trying to see if this romance progresses, but you want to distract me with what she named her vibrator?!?) This almost feels as though it was written by a man using a pseudonym.
And is EVERY character here arguing for sex and "commitment" without marriage? Even Ashley's brother? I've never been married, but I have a brother, and he'd want to go pummel the guy who'd so disrespect his sister.
At more than halfway through this book, the women are still three different kinds of fools, entirely lacking self-worth; unable to make a decision or decide what's good for them. I can't have respect for them, if the author doesn't.
Also, dear writers: If you start a book by introducing about a dozen characters, kindly provide a family tree or relationship chart preceding chapter one. Don't leave the reader turning every page, thinking, "WHICH mother-in-law is this? Which woman has the kids? Is the bookstore lady the same one with the snotty absent parents?
So: I'd enjoyed some of Mallery's previous books, but I'm not finishing this one, or buying any others. Very disappointing.
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The story covers all three women, but I found Bree’s story to be the most interesting. The impact of her parent’s indifference and her husband’s callousness had damaged her ability to trust both herself and others. Her self-destructive patterns were a huge part of her self-defences. An argument in terms, perhaps, but the only explanation for her attitude to love.
Mikki and Ashley both had incredibly interesting stories and I wasn’t bored when the action switched between characters. Mikki and her discovery of internet dating, and Ashley’s shattered dreams of happily ever after, added real depth to the plot. The backdrop of Dave and Harding’s non-profit was inspirational and added an extra element to an already uplifting story.
For me, the parts that I enjoyed the most related to Bree and Harding. Both of them had plenty of baggage, but it was Harding’s patience that I found disarming. His determination to break down Bree’s defences was a revelation.
I haven’t met a Susan Mallery book that I’ve not enjoyed, her observations of human interactions mean that her books are current and valid. I can certainly say that they keep getting better and this is my favourite to date.
Not inclined to read any other books by this writer.