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3.0 out of 5 stars
false premise means this isn't what I expected, 29 Jun 2001
We're all guilty of reading a book just because we liked the previous authors works. However we all know that this is no guarantee that we're going to like what we read. Ben Richards first two novels offered us a refreshing taste of London Life, The Silver River took it one step further and explored life not outside of London, but outside of the country and he failed, kind of. Now he's trying to get us all interested in the world of Unions and forgive me for not trying, but I found it tough to get excited about a subject which is just so dull. The book's premise sells you a story of life changing experiences, of love, and exploring sexuality. What you really get is mixed up bag of ideas which gets far to bogged down in the backstabbing world of Unions that half way through the book, you really don't care and by the time you get to the end of the book, you ask yourself if anything has really changed.
This isn't to say that A Sweatheart Deal is a bad book. Ben Richards is a dab hand at creating and developing central female characters and he's also not from the school of Nick Horby & Tony Parsons; meaning that just because you get to the last page of a book doesn't mean that all conflicts have to be resolved and put into tidy boxes.
I'd much rather be informing you all that Ben Richards books just get better and better. Unfortunetly it's the other way around and Don't Step On The Lines remains his best book by a long way.