I’m not sure what else I can say about Simply Love except that I struggled to get through it. I just felt that it lacked … passion, I suppose. I wasn’t invested in the characters, and the story dragged. A lot.
For example, the afternoon tryst mentioned in the blurb doesn’t occur until almost halfway through the book. Sure, Balogh has to ease into the story more slowly than usual because the hero has some very significant injuries, but the lead up to the couple’s first sexual encounter seems tepid and awkward.
A gazillion secondary characters, from previous books, are introduced, which I thought was unnecessary. I mean, it’s fine that they’re there, but I didn’t think it was necessary to name every single one or give each person a speaking role or allude to their backgrounds or family relationships. Most aren’t even relevant to this story.
I have to admit that the dramatic confrontation at the end squeezed a tear or two out of me. But I should have been bawling at that point, and yet I didn’t even need a tissue. This was a disappointing read if only because, in theory, the characters and conflicts should have made more of an impact. This is the second Mary Balogh novel I’ve read, and I’m not feeling the love. Click here for an excerpt.
Note: This post was originally published on April 19, 2007.
Where you can buy this book
AUSTRALIA: Dymocks | Ever After | Galaxy | Intrigue | QBD | Rendezvous | Romance Direct | Romantic Reflections | Siren | More (no online catalogue) Psst … where are these stores?
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