The story within a story within a story got old the first time around. This time, it was already smelly and shriveled.
Is it so hard to keep it simple? The present-time suspense would've been great in itself, the Meg-Nils and Eve-Amy storylines would've kept the pace going until they "united". But no, we had to have the Sam-Alyssa shindig, which seemed redundant and will apparently drag on in this series for quite some time, and then we had to have the grandma tell her WWII stories, and then we had to have the more recent flashbacks about Meg and Nils "relationship".
The pacing was shot to smithereens, the characters weren't that interesting to begin with (and the hero was too cocky for my taste), the romance wasn't (that) believable...And I was bored before the half mark.
Lieutenant Tom Paoletti is in trouble. His recent head injury has resulted in spells of dizziness and obvious paranoia, since he’s been seeing a dead terrorist all over Baldwin’s Ridge. Which makes no sense whatsoever. Then there’s his great-uncle’s best friend who’s dying from cancer, and the man’s daughter, who, even after sixteen years, still makes Tom’s heart go pitter-pat.
I got the ARC for latest in this series from NetGalley, and I decided, OCD person that I am, to read the entire series, which has been on my TBR pile for ages, first.
And I must say, I was rather disappointed by how it all turned out. The prologue was great. Action-packed, humor-packed, intensity skyrocketing...And then it all slowed down too much for my liking. The mystery/suspense sub-plot about the terrorist and maybe him being just a figment of Tom’s paranoia, was good, but it was resolved a tad too quickly and nicely in the end, while being pushed to the sidelines too often in the middle by the two side-stories; war-torn France (which provided an answer to two old men bickering, but also slowed everything down even more) and the romance between Tom’s niece and her geeky, graphic-novelist college student (which was dull and slowed the story flow down almost to a stop).
The romance between Tom and Kelly had much to be desired as well, since I didn’t really buy the I-love-you thing. They had the friends deal down pat, they could’ve even pulled off the friends-with-benefits ploy if it wasn’t for the pesky need of a romance.
Too much redundancy, too slow, too uneventful. Let’s see what the next one brings.
For my Thursday favorite book recommendation this week, I give you It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Tall, Dark & Dangerous #6) by Suzanne Brockmann. I love the series and this is a wonderful holiday addition.
This is action packed but the small package of a category romance Brockmann spends as much time on the romance as she does the larger plot. The heroine is wonderful and Crash changes to believe that love is necessary. Their love story will really warm you up!
As Christmastime settled quietly over the countryside, Navy SEAL William "Crash" Hawken was faced with a deadly conspiracy. And he had only one person to turn to -- the caring passionate Nell Burns. For though Crash had long ago accepted the fact that there was no place in his dangerous world for the simple pleasures of home and family, Nell had been the only woman who had ever tempted him to dream of another kind of life...
Now, as he needed Nell more than ever before, he was beginning to see all that they could have together. What the future might be. If only he could be assured that they had one..