Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Review: Willing by Lucy Monroe

Title: Willing
Series: Mercenary/Goddard Project
Author: Lucy Monroe
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: August 1, 2008
Publisher: Brava
ISBN: 0758208766
ISBN-13: 9780758208767

Meet three sexy men who individually are READY, WILLING, and ABLE to go the distance - and together, are unstoppable...

Jose McCall left her dad's mercenary school for a normal job in computers. But now that someone has torched the school and her dad is MIA, Josie's going to use every bit of her training to hunt down the culprits who took him. Josie knows a lot about explosives, hand-to-hand combat, and tracking. What she doesn't know about is sex. She has no idea what to do with the volcanic attraction she feels for her dad's new partner, Daniel Black Eagle. And that fees more dangerous than any bomb...

Daniel knows exactly what he'd like to do about that attraction. He can't get within five feet of Josie without wanting to touch, taste, and protect her. But right now he's got his hands full figuring out who set that bomb and took Josie's dad. Daniel's sure of one thing, though - he's not letting Josie McCall out of his sight for a single second...

My rating:

Unfortunately my fear at the end of the first book in this trilogy, Ready, wasn't unfounded. As promising as this one started, it quickly turned out into a rather mediocre romance with a very, very, very subtle suspenseful undertone.
I'm a sucker for romantic suspense where the thrill of danger intertwines with the romance and the two compliment each other and not one overshadowing the other. Unfortunately in this series the romance greatly overshadows the suspense, which, if the romance were gripping and "involving" wouldn't be such bad news, but I just can't seem to relate not to the characters not to the budding relationship between them.

At least the heroine in this book was consistent with how she was portrayed at the very beginning and not changing at the blink of an eye into a complete stranger (to the reader and to the hero).
The hero was an almost carbon copy from the guy in the first book, only with a lot more emotional baggage...And sorry, the the fifth member of Il Divo on the cover sure didn't channel a monosyllable-loving, brooding mercenary.

How many books can you write with a brooding, commitment-phobic ex-mercenary and an emotionally immature, highly insecure, boring inner-monologue and self-doubt prone heroine?
The answer appears to be three.

But since I'm a stubborn chick, I'll read the third, too...And hope for the best.


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