I think I mentioned that I had three P&P inspired books to read and review, meaning I've got one more left. And though I haven't mentioned it yet, I acquired quite an exciting next-on-list on Thursday (more on that sometime soon, I promise :)). And yet, neither of those two anticipated readings is tonight's topic. Why? On Friday, I went to the library to pick up one of the many new books I put on reserve. This one was Susan Elizabeth Phillips's latest. Who's she? I'd say that of the authors whose books I read regularly, she's just about the... well trashiest, to put it bluntly (actually, there's one trashier, whom I have mentioned here previously... 10 points if you can find the post :)) She writes contemporary romance, pretty much chic lit, but without the urban setting or nasal twittering common to a lot of books answering to that genre. But you know, we're talking stories that are unabashedly about two people getting together, without much else going on. Nothing I'm complaining about, you understand, but anything that should make me drop everything and read? I wouldn't think so...
Yes, in order to enjoy her books, you need to buy into whatever she's selling 100%. Chava was flipping through the book last night, and she was like, I don't get it why does she like this guy... or some such thing. And I was like Chava, whatever, just go with, clearly he's a good guy because that's the entire point of the book. Just suspend your disbelief and enjoy. Because seriously, these are books are really just here to entertain. Almost everyone is perfect in their own way, except for the obligatory villain of course. But everyone else is really nice and fun once you get to know them. And everything works out for everyone too. And it's never in doubt that it will. And not only is it never in doubt for us, it's not really in doubt for them either. I mean, there are moments... but even the most stressful ones don't really disturb the equilibrium. The only thing that does... why all that wonderful angst of course. So we've got no tension except romantic, A-OK there. And very minor plot outside of our feature couple, A-OK again :) In fact the only thing that wasn't 100% A-OK was that SEP usually puts plenty of male perspective in her books, and this one had almost none until towards the end. I kept waiting for it, but I think she must have felt it wouldn't work in this one... so oh well, I have enough of an imagination to manage without it :) Was totally fun in any case.
Here's my main point - or I guess my main question. Am I crazy? Definitely not totally, since a lot of people love her books (I mean people on the websites I read of course :)) But is she really that good at what she does? Or was I just in the mood for good junk? Probably a little bit of both... but I guess the only way to find out is to read more in her genre... to which I say, no thanks. The truth is, I have tried similar stuff and it's often pretty unreadable. And come time to think of it, a lot of her oler books were pretty unreadable too.... or at least less readable than this. Maybe she's getting better? Nah, I'd probably enjoy most of them just as much ;) So I guess I do have pretty low standards. So note to everyone reading this - do *not* pick this up from the library now. Especially not on my say-so. I think this one is really for me only... And if you do want to read it, call me first, and let's discuss :)