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Beanbag Love

I read. I write. I talk about reading and writing. That is when I'm not driving kids somewhere or teaching them. Married, educated, domesticated. I really enjoy the friends I've met through a variety of different message boards and venues regarding reading and authors. I try to take a positive view when I write reviews but sometimes I can't. Those times are few and far between, but they do exist. I'm mostly an old softy, though. I think so anyway.

Currently reading

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Masquerading Mistress - Sophia James I got this book because it was on my Kindle recommendations (based on other authors I've bought) and it was a great price. It just didn't make it with me though.

I won't go into too much detail. It starts awkwardly, then gets intriguing for a chapter or two but then strings together so many coincidences it's practically PNR. The heroine is annoying in her expectations (which are really ridiculous considering choices that she has made) and a liar. Sure, she needs to be a liar, but after a while it starts to seem like a habit. How is the hero, someone who's been alone for so long, ever going to trust her? Oh, but he does because he can see it in her eyes or something (I find that device nothing less than insulting at this point).

Then, a second villain appears three quarters into the story. Huh? What?

And then it's all wrapped up with a pointless epilogue.

The sequence that was intriguing was very nice, and it's a shame the rest of the book doesn't measure up at all.

This is my first, and probably last, Sophia James, unless someone can give a recommendation of something better.