Let me start with a small side tangent. A few weeks ago one of the cats had a vet appointment. My vet’s office is really great about calling me the day before and confirming the appointment. Usually the evening before. So they did and I confirmed. I’d remember early, had it on my calendar and was all set to bring the cat in. The next morning rolls around and the cat’s appointment did not ONCE enter my mind until that evening when they called to see if I wanted to reschedule. Yes, in the space of a few hours, I’d completely blanked–not even had a glimmer of–something that I’d been keeping in mind for days.
That’s what happened again with TBR day. I’ve been wondering what to blog about today and decided to catch up on some blog feeds (because I finished some edits I’ve been working on for a few days, and needed a mental break) and I got to Keishon’s blog. And remembered it was TBR day. Yes, she blogged and reminded us earlier in the week. Yes, I commented on that post. Yes, I still forgot. I’ve been forgetting a lot lately!
Anyway, on to the book review. I’ve long been a fan of Jayne Castle, Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick or whatever name you want to call her by. I’ve been reading her books for years, and some of her older books are favored re-reads for me. But the Guinevere Jones books have always been hard to get a hold of, so I’ve been collecting them over the years. For whatever reason, I decided to read the first in the series, Desperate Game, a few weeks ago.
I think I can easily say that this is probably my least favorite book of the author’s that I’ve ever read. I picked it up and put it down half a dozen times before I finally forced myself to finish it. I found the characters rather…blah. I do see the same basic characteristics in these characters that have become a trademark of her writing: independent female who allows herself to be overpowered in love/lust/infatuation with the hero, who is usually a little brooding, and unusual, so often “normal” females don’t “get” him and his secret, dark passions. The hero generally thinks of the heroine as the one who can calm his raging beast (no not THAT raging beast. Well, okay, not ONLY that raging beast) whether it’s whatever secrets, or dark emotions, etc he has.
There’s also the same basic plot, some sort of mystery, intrigue, the male trying to take charge, the female inserting herself, a dangerous climax and a forceful kiss at the end.
Look, I’ve been reading her for years, I’m okay with the basic setups. I LIKE her books partly for that reason, I think they’re yummy. But this one fell flat for me on all levels: characters, story, plot, secondary characters. It didn’t grab me and I think I could have easily put it aside and not finished it, except in the back of my head, I knew I needed to finish a book to complete this month’s TBR challenge. I think it says something that that is the reason I finished.
I do have the other three, but I don’t see myself going back to them any time soon. However, I do have an itch to re-read some of her older books, some of the stronger ones, now that I got a small taste of her again.