Top critical review
8 people found this helpful
Basically. She's a doormat. Big-time.
on 16 October 2007
What a disappointment this novel was.
I was expecting a hot hot romance between the hero and heroine. Ok, the novel started off like that. But before half-way through it changed into another one of those Peyton Place type books. With endless new characters being introduced, plus all their back stories and thoughts. We even get to know that one of the Breed enforcers has the hots for a sub-hero's mother. Wow! It's a wonder we don't get to meet the Breed pool-man and know all about his sex-life too. I am not one of those readers who longs to live in or learn all about a particular community where everyone knows everyone else's business. And that is just the kind of story that Harmony's Way turns out to be.
As for the steaminess. There's quite a lot early on in the book. Then it disappears almost completely.
I have to say this about the heroine. Basically. Harmony's a doormat. Big-time.
This is a heroine who lets her shirt-tail brother tell her she's having a baby. Because Harmony did not know!!! Her life is controlled by men. The brother Jonas who tells her where to work. The rescuer, Dane who always gets her out of trouble. And the short-tempered hero, Lance who gives her a stiff rogering to ease the pain of the 'mating.' Yeugh!!
Not once does Harmony tell them all to get lost. This heroine also has quite a problematic back story. It's one thing being a killer. It's quite another thing being a killer of activists who seek nothing more than to help those less fortunate than themselves. Which is what Harmony is. On so many levels she turns out to be a wet victim who can't get out of a repeat cycle of letting loud, gruff guys decide her life for her. Awful.
Poor Harmony. What she really needs is a decent education. That might help her decide independently of where to go with her life. Go to college girl! Get some qualifications. Do some minoring in women's rights or feminist history. I beg you.
Also I don't like the whole 'Breed' mentality. They live in the US. Follow U.S. law. There's no need to be having 'Breed Law.' What on earth is that all about?
My sympathies were all with Dane, the first Leo's son. He wants to live his life without being injected and examined by the Breed doctors. Good on him. He wants some privacy. Which is more than Harmony gets as the men in her life discuss her fertility like she didn't exist. And all she can do is say 'I'll run away where no-one can find me.' Bwahh! Is she some refugee eejut ninny from a regency romance?
There's something deeply flawed about Jonas's mentality too. He reckons that if the world finds out about the Breed mating heat, people will be appalled. Most people in the Western Free World tolerate so much. Believe me. 'Breed mating heat' doesn't rank very high on anyone's intolerance list. So, as a reader, I could never buy into the reasons for him chasing after Harmony so intensely.
I just hope Tanner's Scheme isn't as hicksville as this turned out to be. Humph!