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on 7 April 2015
Falling for A Stranger (Callaway #3) by Barbara Freethy
This story dragged for me. We were fifty percent through the book before we had even a snippet of what Ria/Tori’s problem was, and about seventy percent through before we had all the information. The majority of the book was spent knowing she was hiding, but not what from and to be honest being kept in the dark was boring. All the action began and ended in the blink of an eye and could have been expanded on to give the story some umph, instead it fell flat in the water.
I didn’t like how the drama ended, I wanted Drew to be the hero, I suppose he was in a way but it was Ria’s actions that ultimately freed herself and Megan. I didn’t like her being in that position or the way she had no real remorse over what she had to do to end it all. It really wouldn’t be that easy for a normal person to do what she did and get on with her life without it having any emotional backlash.
The romance between Drew and Ria was so-so, it happened way too quick to be totally believable, just one night together before her initial disappearance had Drew mourning her for over a year…WTH? Add this to the fact that some of the writing was off, it felt very amateurish in parts which isn’t in keeping with what I know of this author.
On the upside Grandma let out some other morsels of information on the family secret keeping that sub plot going from the previous books and it is nice that we are updated on other members of the family whose stories we have already seen. But overall this read was disappointing.
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