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81. The Next Always — Nora Roberts
82. The Single Girl’s To-Do List — Lindsey Kelk
83. The Heart of Devin MacKade — Nora Roberts
84. The Fall of Shane MacKade — Nora Roberts
Shane MacKade loved women. He loved the look of them, the smell of them, the taste of them — everything about them. So the last thing he expected was to become a one-woman man. And even more surprising was that it was the Ph.D.-toting academic Rebecca McKnight that had him heading for a fall. Are Shane’s days as a bachelor over? It’s a possibility.
I really like these covers. (Sadly, the omnibus version I have is not as pretty looking.) I hate to say it, but I might like the covers more than the books themselves.
To be quite honest, it’s not like the story was bad. It was, for the most part, one of her better ones that I’ve read. And it had its funny moments — watching Shane try to sweet-talk his way out of getting punched in the gut may have been one of the funniest scenes I’ve read in a while. (That scene was on page 366.)
I just have these moments quite often when I’m reading Nora Roberts, where I think “wait a minute — that’s not very romantic. This guy is an asshole.” I’ll preface this paragraph by saying that I don’t claim to believe that “a real man” is one who doesn’t yell, snap, or get frustrated. That’s certainly not the case; anger’s natural, of course. (I would know; I experience it all the time!) But I don’t think it’s acceptable to box a woman into a corner and scare her because you’re frustrated she’s not returning your ardour, or at the very least is not currently prepared to have sex with you. There’s a difference between being angry and being a bully. (The particular scene I’m referencing happened on pages 280-282, in case anyone’s curious.)
So I guess I’ll give it a conditional pass. It wasn’t bad, per se, but I don’t get the romance genre’s general fascination with leading men who have the potential to be presumptuous, aggressive, and impatient in the worst of ways.
Next book: one of my loaners, I believe. I need to return them to my friends!