(Heart of Montana #3)
Boroughs Publishing Group
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Review written by Adeselna Davies
There is always a good chance that if you remember the plot and characters, the book was good. That or you have an extraordinary memory (which is not the case).
It hasn’t been a while since I have read a Regnery’s book. This blog was already on a blog tour for Regnery’s first book: By proxy and I have read: Playing for love at Deep Heaven. When I read the latter, I was expecting the less good aspects of the first book to be gone. They weren’t. The characters kept repeating their thoughts over and over making a potential good love story, somehow dull. I was disappointed. However, reading Seeing Jane Fal, the novel seems to have redeemed itself from the same fate.
Jane, plain Jane is a solid protagonist with a Cinderella syndrome, instead of an evil sister we have an evil cousin and instead of a prince charming, there is Lars a simple man. Both Jane and Lars make a great couple, their dialogues are funny and heart-warming giving their romance a good vibe. It is Jane’s lack of self-esteem that spoils it sometimes. The fact that she is a clever and full of personality is a plus, but why does she have to think less of herself? It seems that in today’s romance novels the only fault a woman protagonist must have is low self-esteem. Who cares about being pretty when you can be fierce? Beauty is way overrated, if she’s plain, she’s plain. No need for the man to always think: oh no, she seems plain, but in fact she is gorgeous… Haven’t we learnt anything from Jane Eyre? She was plain but Rochester loved her the same and that was cute (even if Rochester was an asshole to Bertha). And yes, miss Quinn I am looking at you as well. So yes, write plain characters as plain, no need to make them suddenly gorgeous, Jane is amazing plain, because she has personality.
Also the cousin, Samara was a great antagonist. Talk about daddy’s issues… She is bitchy as hell and sometimes speaking the truth about Jane: she was too good sometimes, Samara gives action and adds drama to the plot so the characters do not need to do the drama all themselves (like Playing for love at Deep Heaven). Of course I prefer more insane psycho antagonists, but Samara worked for the plot, what didn’t work AT ALL was Samara’s ending. It gave a bad name to BDSM world, I’m not going to spoil you, but seriously Samara’s ending was too sudden, it didn’t have the depth that a Dom-Sub relation has and it looked like daddy’s issues can be fixed with being a Sub. It lacked depth and development.
The characters pretty much make the plot go and even if it’s simple, the book overall works as a light and quick reading. It is fast paced and the secondary characters are a good support. I this book was definitely a major turning point for the author Kate Regnery as I believe she is on the right track to write more compelling and love stories without the faults of the first book.
By proxy review: http://illusionarypleasure.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/by-proxy/
When Trend magazine contracts Lindstrom & Sons to manage a fashion shoot in Yellowstone, easygoing Lars Lindstrom rolls his eyes. “Babysitting” supermodel Samara Amaya’s assistant sounds like a snore, even amidst the park’s lush wildlife and scenery. Little does he know that Jane Mays, Samara’s down-to-earth, smart-mouthed assistant and cousin, will be the most exciting person he’s ever met. Her smoky voice and surprisingly sweet heart rock his world.
Jane has been hurt before, but this time it’s right. From loving the same music to their effortlessly sexy sparring, her handsome new tour guide gets her—and Jane is getting Lars right back until Samara blows into town. Used to living in her cousin’s shadow, Jane knows Lars will be nothing more than a notch in a bedpost if the spoiled supermodel has her way. In the past, maybe she would have stepped aside. This time she’ll find the strength to stand up to Samara once and for all…and trust that Lars will be there to catch her if she falls.