You know you haven’t been reviewing for a while when you forget how to use your tagging system at Goodreads. And it wasn’t even that complicated to start with…
Anyway, I had grand plans to start posting more regularly, and then I remembered why my posting frequency dips (even more) over the summer – Wimbledon starts this week! As I type, I’ve “Today at Wimbledon” in the background (thank goodness the BBC got rid of last year’s trying-too-hard highlights show “Wimbledon 2day”).
So before I get too caught up in the tennis (with the Olympics coming up next), here are a couple of recent reads.
I’ve just finished Sarina Bowen‘s newest release BITTERSWEET. Talk about foodie heaven! And she accomplishes that without the dreaded infodump. It also takes skill to weave such a cosy and close-knit small-town (farm?) picture without ever veering into saccharine territory, and again, Bowen manages that with ease. Obviously Griff and Audrey’s chemistry was off the charts and the relationship worked for me.
However, in what is becoming a familiar pattern in Bowen’s books, I spotted the major flashpoint a mile away and spent most of the book waiting for the axe to fall. Which is why I happily abandoned the book halfway through for about a week before finishing it in a single gulp. And a minor niggle – there were a few typos scattered throughout. Not many, but enough to catch my attention.
An unexpected new release read for me was Linda Howard‘s TROUBLEMAKER – I was expecting to wait a few months for my library reservation to come through. Let’s get this out of the way – it’s not up to the standard of vintage Howard. Then again, maybe it’s time to adjust expectations when it comes to Howard.
Janine’s review @ Dear Author said that the heroine’s dog, Tricks, was a Mary Sue character, which made me laugh because I’d scribbled in my notes that it felt like a love story between Bo (the heroine) and Tricks. But it was suspenseful enough, though I think Howard overdid the dark damaged hero somewhat. I felt there were some slightly anachronistic notes in what’s meant to be a modern romance, for instance, Bo thinking that she needed to buy “guy foods” for Morgan (and similar thinking in Morgan’s mind, IIRC). Overall, the perfect commute-type read for me – it made the time pass quickly enough, but I never needed to know what happened next.