This was a disappointing read. I loved the first book in the series. The heroine of book two, Blair, was awful in book one. I had high hopes the author would redeem her character when she starred in her own story in book two. It didn’t happen. Blair was so stupid. The hero, Garrett, was also stupid. Blair was marrying a man who was so obviously cheating on her and such a scumbag that he had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. She was willing to marry him even though she didn’t love him so she could make partner at her law firm. So dumb. The hero was such a bumbler. He was ineffective in legal proceedings, he was useless trying to win her back, and he handed the villain multiple tools to use against him. His nana had to come to the rescue and tell him what to do. What an idiot. I’m hoping book three is more like book one. If it’s like this one, it will be a DNF for me.
Megan Vandemeer has broken up with her fiancé after she catches him cheating. The only problem is she hasn’t told her parents about the breakup yet. She’s on her way home from Seattle to Kansas City a week before the wedding, and she’s a nervous wreck. Her mother is a nightmare, and Megan is afraid to face her. Not a fan of flying, she takes two Dramamine and then has a couple of drinks on top of that. Josh McMillan has problems of his own. He’s also on his way to Kansas City. He’s trying to save his business after his brother lets the plans slip out of his hands for a revolutionary new idea that Josh developed. Another engineering firm has stolen the plans, and the thief’s business received a patent on the idea first. Josh is determined to meet with the other business and try to get ownership of his idea back. Fate steps in, and Josh finds himself sitting beside Megan on the plane. Megan is the daughter of one of the thief firm’s principals. In a case of mistaken identity, Josh is mistaken for Megan’s fiancé as he helps her off of the plane in her drunken-drugged state. Not knowing what else to do, he decides to run with the idea.
I loved this book! Goodreads recommended it to me, and I’m glad I took a chance on it. I couldn’t resist reading it in the first place since it involved patents and intellectual property (I work in IP law). The story was cute. Megan’s family is a bit eccentric – from her overprotective brother to her mother-of-the-bridezilla and her bizarre grandmother who’s a fan of naked yoga. There were several spots where I laughed out loud. The story takes place over a period of four days. Josh is posing as her face fiancé, and he’s supposed to break up with her just before the wedding. Along the way, his own brother joins him and Megan’s real ex-fiancé even shows up to try to ruin the day. I highly recommend this one. It was very enjoyable.
In The Curse Keepers (Curse Keepers Series, Book 1) by Denise Grover Swank, Ellie Lancaster works as a waitress and also helps out at her family’s bed and breakfast. She lives in a small town in North Carolina where the tourist attraction is the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Legend has it that the colony of settlers disappeared without a trace when the settlers banished the spirits of an enemy tribe of Native Americans from the material realm. As a descendant of the settlers, Ellie’s father spent his life trying to teach Ellie her responsibilities as a Curse Keeper. Ellie never believed the legend that when two Curse Keepers meet the curse will be lifted – until she meets Collin Dailey.
I read this book on my Kindle when I found it as a reduced price special selection. As with most books formatted for the Kindle, it has its share of typographical errors, but the slight mistakes don’t make it unreadable. I had more of an issue with the author’s attempt to make Ellie tough. To do so, she has her drop the F-bomb a LOT. I’m not averse to cuss words, but I did think this was a little extreme. Whenever Ellie gets upset or gets angry, she swears. I think her strength of character could have been expressed in better ways. There’s also a lot of foreshadowing with Collin’s character. He tells Ellie repeatedly not to trust him, that he will let her down, she’s going to hate him, etc., etc. so you know almost from the start that he will betray her in the end. There could have been a little more mystery there.
I have seen a number of reviews that complain about the ending of the book. There isn’t really an ending, and to finish the story you need to read the sequel (sequels?). It doesn’t really end on a cliffhanger either. It just stops. I will continue on with the story to see where it goes and perhaps get a reason for why Collin seems to be such a jerk 90% of the time. I’ve also downloaded a novella that explains what the ancestors did to create the curse in the first place for some background information.
All in all, this wasn’t a bad book (I’ve read far worse!), but I do think it could have been better. I did appreciate the author’s notes at the end that explained the history of the Lost Colony and gave detail as to what was “real” and what the author created in her imagination to tell the story.
Goodreads rating – 3 out of 5 stars (liked it)