Free On KU

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Free On KU

Free On KU

Free On KU
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Second Time Around by Christine L'Amour

Though short, this one was a difficult read simply because one of the MCs is frankly quite terrible.

Single mom, Monica Sanders, is clearly unable to cope with her life including her four-year-old son, David, her job and her parents with whom she has a difficult relationship. It is like her life has always been a train wreck except for a brief moment in the past (during high school) when she was involved with Valerie Dawkins. Valerie, who had an equally bad relationship with her own parents, upped and disappeared on everyone (including Monica despite having seen forever together). Now, Valerie suddenly reappears as a new hire in Monica’s organisation. The flame between the two is still alive but there is too much hurt in Monica about their past. Valerie actually kisses Monica in their workplace and the fallout is that Monica is upbraided by their boss. Monica, mindful of her responsibilities and really needing a promotion, steps back from Valerie. A couple of days later, their boss warns Valerie also and she reacts aggressively resulting in Monica being demoted. Instead of taking responsibility, Valerie excuses herself saying that she is not responsible of the boss’ behaviour and that Monica shouldn’t blame her.

And therein lies the whole problem.

Valerie is constantly and consistently harming Monica (in the past and present) but has no remorse, no empathy and no consideration. We just cannot see how this can possibly be a romance. Monica is quite a tragic character – especially when she’s described as a rebellious girl with fire in her who has turned into a withdrawn, defeated, resigned and sad person. We don’t understand Monica’s attraction to Valerie in the present and can only explain it as Monica never having got closure. Monica’s relationship with David is another fail in the book. For one, David is described a constantly screaming and Monica is less than tolerant of him. Though Monica insists that David means the world to her, the only caring flowing between the two is from son to mother. So it is not as if Monica is written to be particularly likeable, but she’s still better than Valerie. In fact, we disliked Valerie so much and the relationship between the two made such little sense that we entirely skipped the sex scene towards the end eager to just finish the damn thing.

This one was so totally not for us.

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