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Sarah's Library

I read pretty much anything, from fantasy (City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett) to romance (Bared to You by Sylvia Day) to classics (Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad).  The only genres I don't read are self-help and comic books/graphic novels.

Currently reading

The Last Honeytrap
Louise Lee
Progress: 100/346 pages
Complete Works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

Renegade Son by Lisa Jackson

Renegade Son - Lisa Jackson

11/9 - Dreadful characterisation, characters with ridiculous motivations, repetitive writing, and multiple instances of unprotected sex. In fact, the morning after their first sexual encounter, my first thought was "the way this is going she'll be pregnant and infected with herpes by breakfast time". The best thing about this book is the fact that the words are large and the pages have wide margins, meaning not too many words per page, meaning I was able to read 120 pages without too much time wasted. 120 pages are plenty of pages to decide if this book is worth continuing, which it wasn't. Chase refuses to explain his suspicions regarding Caleb to Dani, so how can he ask her to trust him just on face value? Dani doesn't trust Chase, enough that she repeatedly has heated discussions with him over his trespassing onto her land without her permission, but as soon as she looks into his eyes all her perfectly reasonable reasons for distrusting him disappear and he becomes trustworthy enough smile and laugh at and get close to. The two of them had the same argument at least three times in the 120 pages I read - him demanding she trust him at face value (he actually asked that, verbatim), her telling him she couldn't just trust him at face value because he's partnered with her arch enemy and probably there under his instruction but then every time she changes her mind because she finds him attractive.

I gave up on this one during the third instance of that same argument, I just couldn't be bothered with it anymore. When I started reading this last night I was hoping that the book would surprise me and I'd be able to rate it above the 2.96 average rating that it has on GR. In my opinion it's far worse than the average led me to believe. Usually I save the one star ratings for books that are badly edited along with everything else, but the story was so weak that I couldn't honestly give it two stars. I hope that Jackson's writing has matured since she wrote this in 1987, I've been looking forward to reading her romantic suspense books and that won't be an enjoyable prospect if her writing isn't better than it is here.