Saturday, 28 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #303
The Man from Texas - Linda Style
Mills & Boon Superromance
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2008
From the back cover:
"One passionate night…one baby!
Raised by adoptive parents, Jack Parker is determined to discover everything about his biological family. His sensual connection with Taylor Dundee is just getting in the way!
Jack’s investigation uncovers a shocking secret about her mother and Taylor never wants to see the handsome man from Texas again. But only Jack can help her understand the truth. And then she’ll have to tell him she’s carrying his baby.
When Jack finds out, he’ll put the past behind him…because nothing is more important than being a husband to Taylor and a father to his child!"
My husband found this for me recently on a used book stall, and it sounded quite interesting so I thought I would give it a go.
The heroine Taylor is still trying to come to terms with her mother's recent death when she meets the hero Jack, whom wants to ask her questions about her mother's past. Jack has been trying to unravel the mystery that surrounds his birth father's imprisonment for a murder he claims he did not commit, and he feels that Taylor's mother is key to the investigation. However, Taylor knows nothing about the stuff Jack tells her, and worries that her mother has hidden things from her all her life. Taylor wants to find out the truth, so she agrees to work with Jack. As they uncover more and more information about the events of 30 years ago, Taylor and Jack grow ever closer to one another, and pretty soon they are acting on the chemistry between them. But when Taylor discovers that Jack has been lying to her she feels very betrayed.
Hmmm, this is another difficult book to review and it is completely different to what I was expecting. I like the Superromance line as it deals with real life issues and is usually quite gritty, but this book was more suited to the suspense range. It focuses so much on the mystery that the romance feels like an afterthought that has been crowbarred in. The accidental pregnancy plot is both unnecessary and unbelievable, and again felts like it was forced in only as a bit of romantic conflict.
Overall, the mystery element is interesting but the romance is completely flat, and that lets this book down. A little disappointing.