Sunday, 31 July 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #126
The Brooding Stranger - Maggie Cox
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"A shocking proposition!
Karen Ford is seeking refuge from her past when she rents a cottage in Ireland. She has no intention of getting involved with any man - especially not the brooding stranger she meets one fateful day...
Unfortunately there's no getting away from Gray O' Connell - the reclusive businessman turns out to be Karen's landlord! Gray is known for his coolly aloof behaviour, so Karen's startled when her rugged neighbour makes her a shockingly intimate proposition..."
I bought this book for my kindle on the strength of the blurb. It's an OK read.
The heroine Karen has been spending time in a small Irish village away from the pressures of home and to grieve for her husband after his death 18 months ago. One morning she meets the hero Grey, who is sullen and rude, but they both recognise the sadness in each other. Grey is still grieving for his late father and also wallowing in regrets over the way he has lived his life. Although he spends most of his time alone he finds himself drawn to Karen and they both find someone to open up to and they build a tenuous friendship. They are also very attacked to one another and it's not long before they begin an affair. But with each of them absorbed by their own grief, they can't see a future even though they are falling in love.
One thing that is common in all Maggie Cox's books is that they are very emotionally intense and chocked full of angst. It's the same with this book, however I do think the angst was taken that bit too far and the book ended up with a very dismal mood. Both of the characters are unable to see anything but their own despair, and this became frustrating to read after a while. I think the story had great potential but just didn't really deliver.