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Not her best
27 November 2017
You always know what you are going to get with a Nora Roberts novel. A feisty, capable but vulnerable heroine in jeopardy with an interesting and powerful occupation. A sexy, also capable but vulnerable hero who will rescue her just as much as she rescues him. (although sometimes those heroes in their assertiveness can have creepy stalker tendencies if Roberts crosses the line, which sometimes she does). There will be suspense. There will be sizzling, frank, obligatory love scenes where body parts are not explicitly mentioned but nothing left in doubt. There will be a raft of interesting friends and relatives to make life interesting and give the reader that warm, fuzzy feeling of connection and family. It will be page turning. Oh yes, it's addictive.
However, if you read one after another, it can also be formulaic - although that is part of the addiction. The same but slightly different. Usually Nora Roberts pulls it off brilliantly, but this one missed the stool. The jeopardy is a very slender premise that's probably worth a short story or novella, but doesn't stretch to a full novel. The hero and heroine remain on the two dimensional side of real in terms of their emotions which are too heavily signalled, and I wound up skim reading pages and pages - which doesn't usually happen with a Roberts novel - and just not believing.
I do enjoy Nora Roberts' work, but every now and again, there's a dud. Never mind; it still passed time in my lunch break. Onto the next!