It turns out that two of the books I was planning to read this week are complete busts and I won’t be finishing them. They are:
A Royal Pain — Megan Mulry and
Foal Play — Kathryn O’Sullivan
Foal Play wasn’t too bad, but the writing was less than captivating, and I found the plot to be too complicated. Within the first thirty pages or so, we discover that the main character (the female town fire chief) is in a sort-of relationship with the (male) sheriff; a sleazy developer is deliberately lighting fires so he can make passes at her; her former schoolteacher is antagonizing everyone in town, to the point that someone blows up her (the teacher’s) home and she is presumed dead when the fire chief finds a woman’s body in the kitchen; and … I gave up there, it was all just too improbable.
A Royal Pain was pretty good (for a typical romantic pot-boiler), right up to the point that the author likened the female MC getting her hand patted by a man to a young horse filly being broken to the saddle. Um, yeah. That was the end of my reading that book.
Also this week, I read Keeping Watch by Laurie R. King (didn’t make it onto the reading list) which was fantastic although very intense, particularly the backstory set in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. I’m trying to decide if I want to review it or not.