Book Hoarders Anonymous

I have too many books. There, I admit it. I'm working on it though.
A Lawless Man - Elizabeth Bevarly

I feel like I was had actually. The synopsis implied that the h kept running afoul of the H and driving him bats. Indeed, it started that way. Of course, this angle was quickly tossed in favor of them running into each other, him kissing her senseless, etc., which wasn't nearly as interesting, even with the added bit of him investigating her brother for fraud while chasing her. Eventually, he did make the arrest, her brother did call her to bail him out and reveal that she was sleeping with the cop who'd just arrested her. And of course, she did confront him and they did avoid each other 'til the trial (a whole two months, and it was more him avoiding her because she had little resolve it seems).

 

So... there was his pursuing a divorcee with two small children and who happened to be the sister of someone he was investigating. Not cool, particularly since he knew it was unethical.

 

There was her all but falling over with her legs in the air. She'd just had a discussion with her friend and business partner about said partner's relationship with HIS partner - he was pressuring her for sex and she was using her kid and the h's kids as a shield, because she didn't feel ready for it. Since her partner had been dating the guy for some time and still didn't feel ready, the h getting it on with some guy she'd met 2 weeks before seemed...irresponsible? Could you not at least get to know the guy better first?

 

Then there were the twins. Ok, why is it authors write kids as desperate for the attention of an adult of their own gender? Kids had a dad. Why weren't they unhappy about dear old dad remarrying? Why were they so eager for mommy to date the cop? They were 8.

Night of the Magician - Stephanie James, Jayne Ann Krentz

Kinda reminds me why I don't tend to read Ms Krentz's contemporaries - while her historicals always feature an oddly independent woman and no-one would dare manipulate her into a relationship, the contemporaries seem to have family members all but arranging a marriage. Weird and bass-akward.

 

So the requisite manipulative family members - the h's aunt, shallow, perfectly willing to take advantage of the h's business acumen while insulting her about her wariness towards men. The h's brother, who seems like a genius version of the aunt. No - didn't like brother or aunt.

 

The H - wants a toss in the hay so to speak but no commitment. He's a con artist who has managed to mostly be legal and successful. He's into real estate. He lies by omission - he doesn't tell the h anything about himself, knowing she has issues about things like a prenupt, pointless affairs, and men who make less than her. He just doesn't bother to find out why...until he shows off his home and the h reacts even worse to finding out he's wealthy than she had to him thinking he was living by his wits.

 

Oh of course there's the requisite nefarious crook who must needs be stopped (from preying on the aunt's bank account). And of course said crook doesn't handle being unmasked v. well. And there's the uncomfortable scene where the aunt and the brother are trying to pressure the h to marry the H (who hasn't exactly asked; just demanded), and telling her she's being stubborn (back to name calling I see).

 

Honestly, I'd have left the lot of them to stew in their own mess.

One Good Man (American Heroes: The Texas Rangers) - Alison Kent

You'd kinda think that a Texas Ranger would be a little smarter than your average bear. Unfortunately, a lot of these books featuring some nameless bad guy seem to have law enforcement heroes who seem...careless?

 

Ok, so 10 years ago, an armed robbery took place at the diner the h worked at. She was the only survivor, and it was mostly due to being grazed - head - and the addlepated robber not checking. I never really understood why he made the owner drive to the middle of nowhere and killed him elsewhere. The h's parents split up due to dear old dad not being able to handle this, the h's mom got a legal name change (and was able to continue being a vet. Huh). And they reinvented themselves.

 

The owner's remains have been found and our H shows up shortly after the h gets a newspaper and finds this out. He wants her to undergo hypnosis to see if she remembers anything. She comments that she'd always sort of had the impression the killer knew where she was but since she didn't seem to remember anything, he left her alone.

 

Undergoes hypnosis, remembers a detail or three, goes home. Ok yes; sex does happen shortly after the hypnosis, and he stays the night after taking her home, but he leaves her there. No-one to watch her or anything.

 

The killer shows up at the office she works in. She recognizes the tattoo but keeps her cool until well after he's left (and her co-worker comes back from break). She quickly calls H and tells him. He collects her and takes her to his mountain hideaway (that everyone at the office knows about). And then he decides to set a trap. Of course, they go to the pond unarmed and without a phone. He goes back to fetch and well...

 

We never learn the ID of the killer - there was some speculation that his brother worked with the Rangers but it's never clarified. And even when he's suspicious that there might be a leak, he doesn't exactly make much effort to cover his tracks. And why, if you're setting a trap, would you ever be unarmed, let alone without the phone?

Royally Bedded, Regally Wedded - Julia James

The biggest issue I had with this one was probably the kid. I know that small children tend to think of themselves as the center of the universe but good Lord. I can only guess that the h doted on him to the point that he never knew the least disappointment, in spite of the abject poverty they lived in (which was another thing - what did she DO for a living? There was no mention of a J.O.B. at any point). This of course lead to him being a sullen brat near the end of the book when they were shipped unceremoniously back to their shack in Cornwall. And her pleading with him to cooperate or have fun or something.

 

Beyond that, there is the inequality - this isn't the first of these HPs I've run into where the author felt the need to drill into our heads that the h was impoverished. The method of administering this though is downright insulting - frequently referring to the h's clothing as cheap, as if there's something wrong with wearing non-designer duds. And the looks dept. - as if no-one is capable of actually looking at the face in question and seeing the bone structure, including the h who apparently doesn't know what conditioner is for, and has never made even an attempt to look attractive.

 

The H, refreshingly, isn't a jackass. He's overbearing, but then, he is a prince and used to getting his way. He gets tricked into bringing her to his home country where she is promptly separated from the child. He loses it and decks his brother, grabs her and the kid, finds a priest, and marries her to keep them safe.

 

One makeover later and he sees her as she really is (well, minus the overly dried out frizzy hair that deep conditioning and probably a brazillian blow out rendered manageable). She doesn't recognize herself in a mirror (back to that never actually looking at oneself thing I guess). Of course, dear old dad places H under house arrest trying to force him to declare the marriage null. He apparently refused and told them where to stick his title.

 

Tracks down h and sullen brat on a beach in England whereupon the kid magically stops sulking and starts trying to make a castle and demand attention while he and the h are attempting to discuss things. Augh. They work it out but boy I hope the kid figures out how to share attention as the h is pg in the epilogue.

Able-Bodied (Harlequin Blaze #451) - Karen Foley

I had difficulty getting into this one.

 

The H...eh. He was intense. I get that at least some of it might have been because of his military position. He had his moments that I wanted to you know, knee him one.

 

The h OTOH... Ok, she comes from a well-off family. She's a reiki healer whatever that is - she has a gift, so this is how she chose to work with it. Why she didn't take up therapeutic massage, I dunno. Seems like being in a respected medical field would have been safer. She ran into trouble in her home "town" of Boston in that she set up shop as a new age healer, her shop was vandalized, and the cop who approached had mob connections. Eventually, she snuck off during the night. She really didn't do much to cover her tracks though - any half-assed internet search could have found her.

 

I don't know that I would necessarily say TSTL, but pretty danged naive and clueless anyway.

 

So she moved into the apartment below the H, and set up her shop next door. His pacing (he was on leave due to injuries) woke her up, so she goes to visit him - in a tank and a pair of boxers? She did have the thought briefly that she maybe should have covered up more but nah; all her parts are covered, she's good. He assumed she was offering.

She gives him a treatment the next day, they kiss, and he makes some derogatory remark about her not being exactly stacked. He comes onto her the next day? That evening? Whatever, she's once again wearing sleep clothes.

 

She suggests sex like...the next day...because of the chemistry ya know. Much making out happens. He gets back from training and bangs her again - with his buddies working in the shop next door. Of course, he's had a background check run on her because something seems off. Funny that if he'd grabbed those newspapers she had packing her stock, he could have connected at least one dot.

 

The bad guys move in, because she had done such a good job of covering her tracks <sarcasm> that it seemingly took them a few weeks. Of course she's concerned that the H and his buddies might be in trouble (delta force? not likely) going against the crooked cop and his mob buddies. I had to laugh at that one.

 

I'd probably knee him harder if I didn't suspect he was trying to scare her off. Since she didn't seem to pick up on what he was doing, I just want to smack her with a clue-by-four.

Charlie All Night - Jennifer Cruisse, Jennifer Crusie

I laughed quite a bit. Some of the conversations were exceedingly entertaining.

 

The basis of the book is that the H's dad and a friend have conspired to get him settled into a job instead of flitting from one town to the next. They did this by asking him to investigate a possible drug dealer at the radio station his dad's friend owns.

 

To accomplish this, they give him an odd hour, convince another DJ to pass on his producer - his ex and...

 

They didn't quite anticipate his knack for finding trouble. By the end of his first week, two of the friend's poker buddies were in hot water for less than above board activities, and the h was torn between wanting to kill him and well, that other connection they'd made.

 

It worked out in the end but was v. entertaining along the way.

Heating Up The Holidays (Harlequin Blaze, #435) - Jamie Sobrato, Jacquie D'Alessandro

Every now and then, you run into a multi-author series, with mixed results. They run the gamut from..."they must have wrote these while on a holiday together", through "guess they shared a few notes via email", to "well...I *think* they're all set in the same community...maybe?"

 

I pondered if an editor pulled a handful of authors' names out of a hat, gave them the basic theme, and didn't bother to put them in touch with each other. Supposedly they're all centered around a florist shop located not too terribly far from a fire and rescue station. I say supposedly because all three heroes purchase an envelope from said florist shop as a charitable donation. One of the heroines was the owner of the shop. You'd think all these people would be tripping over each other. Neither the owner, nor her employee were mentioned by name in the other two stories, and I thought initially there was a vague set-up for the third one at the end of the second one but the timing was off.

 

Enough of that. The novellas themselves...

 

The first one brings to mind the thought of not shitting in your sandbox. The heroine apparently not only shit, she did it in more than one spot. Even better, if a H did what she did - use someone else for sex, then friendzone them afterwards like nothing happened, at least until she needed that itch scratched again - we'd be roasting him over a hot flame. The H got tired of it, decided he didn't really want to be an EMT any longer (it was a way of earning his keep while his brother was off in the military), and quit. She freaked out because she hadn't expected him to NOT be there whenever she was ready.

 

Second one, H spots h and falls for her instantly. She displayed polite indifference because he was a fire fighter. He asks her out frequently for months before she finally gives in. Then, after she almost forgot about a big floral order, she tells him she has no time in her life for him. Later, she gets word that a couple of firefighters were injured, freaks out and hunts him down.

 

Third one seems to initially be about one of the injured firefighters but the timing was off - that happened on Christmas Eve and this was at least a week prior. The h was one of those girls stuck in a mental time warp over the H due to her jumping his bones and him being too chicken to acknowledge that he'd boinked the weird girl. Seriously, how do authors expect me to take their heroines seriously when they pull this crap? Revenge sex over something that happened when you were 16? Get over it girl! In any case, she succeeds - not that he put up a fight since he had the hots for her (had them for her as a teen too but there's that peer pressure thing), then figures out that revenge isn't as sweet as you think it'll be.

Loving Evangeline (Silhouette Romantic Suspense Bestselling Author) - Linda Howard

Hall of shame contestant #2

 

Meet Robert. He's just your average genius millionaire superhero playboy philanthropist...ok, that last was a stretch, and I'm sure someone will remember where they heard that before. He has his fingers in many pies, a lot of them government. He's also like those historical Dukes who were always off doing super secret missions to the crown instead of working on the heir and a spare.

 

The head of one of his divisions is selling secrets of the sort that are national security risks. And using the h's marina to rent a boat for the drop offs.

 

Meet Evie. Virgin widow orphaned as a kid, married practically as soon as she graduated, and due to the unfortunate arrival of Aunt Flo on her wedding day, and the really horrible luck of she and her new husband wrecking on their honeymoon, resulting in his dying while she watched... Yeah; the method of keeping her still pristine is a bit much.

 

So Robert the Douche...<g> decides based on some v. sketchy logic that the h is an accomplice. He goes to investigate, pulls strings to put financial pressure on both her and his employee, and seduces her. He succeeds, which messes with his plans a bit because he's formed an attachment. Oh noes! Eventually, she manages to wriggle off his financial hook, then due to some unfortunate timing on his secretary's part, intercepts a fax telling him that they've reached a dead end on the financial pressure.

 

She freezes him out, and leaves. Bad guy goes for a last, desperate drop off, she goes after him, armed, H is also armed, it's a Greek tragedy there in the apprehending of the bad guys.

 

After everyone is arrested, and she's safely back at the dock (and over her initial shock), he 'splains things, then asks her to marry him. Offers her his house. She tells him no and to go away.

 

After prowling around for days and weeks like a caged animal, he finally visits his sister, 'splains to her too whereupon she tells him she'd have dumped him too, and storms off. Her husband 'splains to him the concept that love conquers all.

 

Maybe it does...to a point. I think the guy setting out to destroy her because he "thought" she was selling secrets might be a bit difficult. His seducing her at the same time...ok, he should be glad she didn't shoot HIM. I would have. Oh, I might have aimed for a knee but blood would have been spilled.

 

Considering what he'd been told of her past, he should have been worried to death that she might drive into the river; not freaking out because she saw through his almost psychopathic manipulations.

Pregnesia - Carla Cassidy

Ah... we're entering the Hall of Shame.

 

We have...a v. pregnant h, a H who a) behaves out of character for his background and b) is so determined to get rid of the h that he practically gift-wraps her for the people after her. Oh, he does get suspicious after the fact, and organizes a rescue but still...

 

So the first page or so starts off auspiciously. The H is repossessing a car (that's a new profession), he's relieved that it was left unlocked (I tilted my head at this), and he starts it up with the spare key the used car dealer gave him to collect it (say what? I can think of all sorts of reasons this thought would alarm people). Of course, a hand falls on his shoulder and he yelps. Later, he gasps audibly.

 

He's a curmudgeon who suspects the h is scamming him and his sister, and even after he figures out she really does have amnesia, and after she was almost kidnapped when he took her to walmart, he's in a rush to get rid of her.

 

After he turned up on one of the church members' doorstep, conveniently a missing persons report is filed. Does he get suspicious of this? Naw. Neither does he check to see if the h's former BIL and SIL are connected to said church.

 

The h...well, she was trying too hard I felt to convince him he was a good guy and she really liked him. Made me think the knock on the head affected more than her memory there.

 

Oh - why he behaved out of character? He and his buddies are ex-SEALs. We see signs of this exactly once - when he rescued her.

 

Niggles - supposedly the h intended to leave her husband just before she a) found out she was knocked up and b) he was murdered. This was only mentioned once near the end so we never find out why and only vague suspicions that his brother might have had him killed. His intent was to take the kid and raise it to be a new cult leader.

Magic for Nothing - Seanan McGuire

It is likely a good thing this series started out with Verity. I'm not sure I would have continued beyond the first book if either of her siblings had starred.

 

Antimony... someone said they liked her better in this than in the short stories that I was blissfully unaware existed. What's the issue? oh, imagine Anakin with Obi-Wan's personality...plus Anakin's attitude problem. Deep down, she resents her family's need to hide, yet she uses it as an excuse to hide. Playing by the rules, she calls it. She can't admit she resents her whole family though, so she focuses on Verity entirely too much. Her internal monologues on Verity almost invariably include the word "selfish", multiple times. And...she makes it all about her.

 

She's never done serious fieldwork - has avoided it as much as possible in fact. So they send her on an undercover assignment based on her not looking like the rest of them. It mostly works - the heir apparent does figure things out but sits on his knowledge. He tells her as much at the end. She gets sent on a field assignment to a carnival, manages to get a job and get people to sort of trust her, wants actually to join it for real (see family resentment), and her handlers nix that thought by planning a purge. The owner's grandson is with her when she runs into someone who recognizes her, so she has to come clean and manages to get everyone to evacuate.

 

So...between her lack of experience in this sort of thing - when you run into trouble, backup is USEFUL, yet she didn't really keep her family up to date so they could assist - and her inability to do anything without thinking of how selfish her sister was to not play by the rules, be they form while doing acrobatics or well...keeping her head down...

She irritated me. At the point where the grandson, after hearing the acquaintance with a grievance and her innuendoes, left her to walk back - a part I would normally be feeling sorry for the h and thinking he was a jerk - I kinda was...well, what did you expect dummy?

 

The end features her wandering around far from home - doing exactly what the heir apparent intended I suspect. She isolated herself for her family's protection and that never goes well. And...she's also not thinking far ahead - her grandmother travels between dimensions. Don't think they can track her that way.

The Champion of Barésh (Star World Frontier) (Volume 1) - Susan Grant

A loose end from a series orphaned either by a publisher saying "we don't want <insert sub-genre here>" or by a publisher going under. Since I think the first three of the series were published by Dorcester, might be a little of both. Regardless...

 

Star Princess kinda left a loose end in the form of the H's brother who escaped house arrest to save his brother and the sister of the hero from Star Prince. The author changed publishers somewhere around in here so the series was not completed. That was years ago, and it's been a while since I read the original three. I was delighted to discover she had a new one out, and it was Klark. I really feel I should have pulled the others from my shelf for a refresher though. I wasn't totally lost, mind you.

 

This picks up several months after Star Princesss and I kinda suspect the author went back and refreshed herself with the world she'd created first - there was nothing that screamed "waitaminute!"

 

The H - the aforementioned brother who'd been on house arrest and escaped (by removing a tracker chip from his head) - has been on house arrest of a different sort - some kind of beam similar to an invisible fence, that would alert anyone if he left. His sentence is commuted for whatever reason, and he goes back to working with his bajha team.

 

The h has been playing bajha in disguise because the sport isn't open to women. She caught a scout's attention, and he and a couple of his team go to see and recruit her. He at least figures out she's a female and after a bit of soul searching, decides to aid in the deception.

 

Bajha is like fencing with light sabers...blindfolded. Only, the lightsabers are more electroshock or tazer than laser knife. And to be good at it means using a sixth sense...kinda like the Force. So...our H/h connect in some odd ways.

 

Eventually, her skills make other teams suspicious of enhancement tech and the commission attempts to force a physical. He refuses to let them on the grounds that she's a woman, so she's banned for unspecified reasons.

 

They go their separate ways which lasts all of half a day due to his uncle telling him not to be stupid like he was - go forth and fetch thy woman. Meanwhile the team, and others work to figure out how to get the commission to change their minds. Which does work - public pressure and all that.

 

So did i like it? Yes. Neither character made me want to shoot something - point in their favor. H was in on the deception (hate it when heroes appear clueless). Heroine was a realist. H didn't give her false hopes. The supporting cast was entertaining (the part where they tried to give their new team member a good time by securing "him" a call girl...oh boy... and the h managed to handle it with aplomb. Even better - the H didn't wig out at finding her missing).

 

If I had gripes, they were...the several chapters before the h even met the H. I get that they were on opposite sides of the galaxy seemingly but the time taken... and... the whole training and try-outs particularly for women. I'm not sure why this bothers me - it didn't take up that much page count. Maybe because the whole galaxy appeared to have changed its mind in an instant and now everyone is ok with women playing. I dunno - maybe I would have liked to have seen that worked through over another book or three.

Lovers In Hiding (Hide and Seek) - Susan Kearney

You know, I mostly liked this one, but a H who is as concerned with getting in the h's pants as he is with keeping her alive...yeah. It does not help that she'd, in telling him her life story, basically clued him in that she wasn't looking for a fling, and his history with relationships indicated he wasn't much better than her adoptive father.

 

Really dude, she told you no for a reason. Her mom divorced her dad after entirely too many holidays alone, and your wife divorced you for similar reasons - as you told her.

 

Of course, he finally succeeds, figures out afterward that he's in over his head as far as this relationship goes, and panics. In his mental freakout (and possibly, arrogance), he was careless and she was shot.

 

I kept hearing Jack Ryan's voice though - "I'm just an analyst!" The H was a code breaker; not a field agent.

 

My onliest gripe with the h was that she didn't hold out, and tell him why. I almost prefer the romantic suspenses where sex never happens. Seems to me that too many authors have the H thinking with the wrong head too much to be v. effective at his job.

Hidden Hearts - Susan Kearney

Words fail me. I keep slipping into rant mode, but I'll try.

 

My sheer annoyance is based on the last chapter or two when the H, pissy because the h *who has known him about 72 hours* still doesn't trust him fully.

 

Bless his heart.

 

Dick.

 

I mean; her introduction to him was the blockage at her back door when she was trying to escape the bad guy who'd burst into her front door. He then tracks her down where she's hidden in a dumpster and threatens to help her shower, continues coming on so strong I felt she needed creep repellant - at least until he figured out that angle wasn't working.

 

She slept with him 36 hours later because - romance novel and why the hell not when you're being chased by rogue agents who have the ability to track you via satellite even as you hide in a high hide.

 

And then after he does his whole "I can't live with a woman who doesn't trust me" bit - yes, he said that, she does a whole hour or so of soul searching and decides she has to get over the last overly smarmy creep she was involved with or she'd never have a future with this one. And she tells him she trusts him at the end rather than you know, pointing out that she hardly knows him, they haven't even gone out on a date, and he reminds her a lot of her last boyfriend.

The Hidden Years - Susan Kearney

Another long separation, this one a friends to enemies to lovers. Only, the h didn't get the enemies memo.

 

Our H/h became friends when kids/teens/something. H read a lot more into it than h, or rather, H's intensity scared h into friendzoning him. He wasn't quite bright enough to pick up the signal though until she presented him with the news she was going to UCLA to further her education. Then he decided to get pissy about it, although not to her face.

 

She evidently did attempt contact when in college early on, but he never got back with her, so she gave up. She's a lawyer now, just as she'd told him many times while he was mentally planning out his family with her. I'd also add that her late mother had given up education for family, and it bothered her dad more than a little that she never got to go back and finish her degree, so he'd encouraged the h more than a little to get an education first. We're not told if the h ever said anything about that to the H but if they were fairly close friends and he knew of her intentions to get an education (even if he did ignore them), it stands to reason she did at some point.

 

Of course, something about his past is what brings them together, which is when she discovers she's his enemy now. Her dad has died, and she found a box of stuff pertaining to the H's past and his missing sisters. She took it to him, and he blew up in her face.

The bad news was, the reason he was never able to find his sisters was because his parents were CIA and were killed by a mole. And now she is on their radar. He arrives to apologize for his boorish behavior just in time to save her life.

 

Of course he blows hot and cold on her. He does it one too many times and she starts giving him the cold shoulder. Eventually after one too many brushes with death it occurs to genius that protecting his poor little feelings does little good if he or she gets their ass shot off, so he caves.

 

Lowlights - the h's constant mental dialog was downright irritating. The voices in my head is a figure of speech. Reading a h arguing with herself is something that should be left to comedy.

Bride Of The Bad Boy  (Blame It On Bob) (Harlequin Desire) - Bevarly

cute in a stupid sort of way. Stupid as in, do people really act like that?

 

Ok then. The H is in this quiet town to "negotiate" a deal with a local pharma

ceutical company for the mob. He's driving a convertible of European engineering, and renting a house. I'm not sure how this is supposed to keep anyone from being suspicious of him but apparently the h and maybe one of her fellow journalists are the only ones who find this odd. His attempts to talk tough come across as cheesy. And the h's accusations hurt his feelings (?!)

 

The h is a bored journalist who is suspicious - the guy has been in town a week, supposedly represents a chemical company, and has yet to contact the pharmaceutical company. She knows this because her dad owns said company. Her fellow bored journalist has dug things up that connect him to the mob. She breaks into the house he's renting for some inexplicable reason. He catches her. She tries to warn her dad who irritates me by coming across as decidedly dismissive. She writes a couple of articles all but accusing him. He coerces her into marriage. (I'd love to know what her dad thought when all these slimy looking mob guys showed up at the wedding. Hah!)

 

He finally comes clean - after the wedding night of course - telling her that he's actually DEA and undercover. She's miffed - somewhat understandably I guess, but at this point..

 

I found her behavior when confronted odd, particularly for a college grad and journalist. I had a great deal of difficulty taking her seriously. And I really ponder why she stayed there when her dad treated her like she was 12.

 

The H was just one of those guys who I wonder how he was capable of holding his job. We never see him as a cop - that was offpage (gee thanks). We just see him as this dingbat who manages not to blow his cover just by existing mostly because everyone else is oblivious.

 

According to my booklist, I have the other two. Yay?

Dr. Mommy - Elizabeth Bevarly

A lot of readers I know dislike long separations. I'm mostly indifferent to the plot device but think authors often fail miserably on the execution of bringing them back together. One I read once, the H/h had been college students living together, he packed up and left while she was at school. A decade later, he's assigned to be her bodyguard of sorts and tells her not to bring all that up, so she didn't and they had a HEA. Granted, she shot him but... I thought the shooting bit was the best part.

 

Anyway. There were things about this that didn't make sense - the h's parents were doctors in the Peace Corps so she changed schools a lot. I would think she would have either spent a lot of time in boarding schools, or been to some interesting places. In any case, sometime around her 15th year, they settled into *a* area and apparently lived there, although they were equally apparently no longer in the picture, whether by death or aliens, the book does not say. The H made a concerted effort to befriend her, but she was always a bit standoffish. I was really puzzled that suddenly she was able to stay in a place for what sounds like 5 or 6 years.

 

So they dated through the remains of her high school edumacation, through her getting her BS, and just as she got a scholarship to Yale for med school, he proposed. She promptly broke up.

 

The book never states either one's age; just gives vague ideas that based on some really fuzzy math, they're in their 30s. I'm not sure. Anyway...

 

An abused kid dropped her baby off on the h's doorstep on New Year's. She called the cops, as you do. He's just getting off work, having worked a double shift, having not had a day off in 2 weeks (don't labor laws apply to cops?). Dispatch sends him to her house where they're snow bound for several days, or until the kid is picked up and they're able to reunite them. Somehow we're expected to believe that 2 days were all that was required to work out the issues...

 

H had expectations, and made them known when they were dating. He wanted to become a cop. He wanted to buy a house near his parents (yikes), and he wanted the h for a broodmare for his future 6 kids.

 

Heroine made it known repeatedly that she didn't want kids and that she wanted to become a Dr. Apparently he didn't listen (what the hell did he think she went to college for; learn how to clean skid marks out of his underwear?). So when he proposed, she realized beyond a shadow of a doubt that this WOULD NOT WORK and bailed.

Not the first one I've run into with a neanderthal who thought the little woman's only purpose in his life was to wait on him and pop out babies. Not the first one the "little woman" told him to go to hell either. At least this one did some soul searching when confronted with the reality that her job paid *a lot* better than his did. The other one, the dumb girl didn't have sense enough to go somewhere else and actually get her degree before getting near him again.

 

I still don't think enough time passed to really work out the issues, and mostly we're shown the baby being essentially used to make her like kids. What would have been amusing in a way would have been her telling him she'd gotten fixed so as to avoid worrying about that...ever.

 

Of course the epilogue showed them with 4 kids. At least he was a stay-at-home dad BUT...the h being late for work because of his need for attention didn't set well with me.

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