Cory Rocque is thirty years old, a successful company CEO, and a lot too busy for romance. That’s what he tells himself, even if his pesky PA and friend Linnet ain’t buying it, and keeps trying to fix him up. So when he begins to receive a mysterious series of romantic gifts – at the same time as developing a crush on Sam, the charming and attractive ex-con and intern, being rehabilitated while working in the horticulture section of the company, Linnet is wildly excited. The silly girl! Cory refuses to read too much into it, even if someone is sending him perfect roses (stolen from his own hothouses!) It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s heading for romance… does it?
Pell is a powerful Magician, financially successful, with a rewarding life. He doesn’t think about or pine for his old human boyfriend, Stephen. Honestly. So when Stephen hires him to scan and vouch for his new fiancee, it’s no big deal. Just Magical business as usual. Right?
Mike is a contestant on the hot new quiz show gripping the nation, and he has a chance to win a lot of money – a lot. But when he can’t remember the answer, and the quiz show host helps him out, what price will he be expected to pay for cheating?
**Daylily photo by Natalie; text box via the internet; collage by Natalie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s a classic, but don’t even think about reading it if you’ve run out of sertraline or just failed your uni exams. It’s not a happy bunny read is what I’m saying.
A re-read usually produces a reaction of either depression or scepticism in me. The depression is easily explained, because this book is depressing as hell. And the scepticism is along the lines of ‘eeeeehhh, you’re going to do R a favour and stick around, L? Really? um, lucky lucky Ralph…’
I dunno. Renault’s preferences and character judgements are clearly legible between the lines, and I don’t agree with them.
Danny’s a movie star, a huge star, he’s too important and glossy and ridiculously hot to still be hung up on a guy he left behind in college six years ago. Isn’t he?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great book. I adore Dinky, for declining to be brainwashed and cooperative like a good little robot. And also for her name. And Natalia, for… well, it’s hard to say. She’s certainly a sweetie, but a bit too willing to collude in her own oppression. It’s difficult not to have a certain affection for her, though. Tucker OTOH is just annoying, and John too.
I can’t believe Kerr is the same author who wrote When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, though. Wow.*
*Well, she isn’t, that’s all. On checking, that was all just in my head, which explains a lot! It did seem an odd conjunction of styles and subjects.