Thursday, July 30, 2009

Review: A Few Good Men (anthology) by Tori Carrington

Title: A Few Good Men
Series: Uniformly Hot!
Author: Tori Carrington
Read copy: eBook
Published: January 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 142682629X
ISBN-13: 9781426826290

Corporal Eric Armstrong is finally going to meet his sexy new pen pal in the flesh. Only, Eric already knows her...very, very well!

Corporal Eddie Cash has a reputation for living on the edge. Still, even he's worried about his next adventure—fatherhood.

Lieutenant Matt Guerrero has always been proud to serve his country. Only, this time it might cost him his marriage....

Captain Brian Justice loves being a Marine, almost as much as he's starting to love Angela Mitchell. Too bad he's about to lose them both....

My rating:

Harlequins are by rule rather short (of course it depends on the imprint), so it’s quite a feat to find a good story, with a proper arc, well-developed characters, and believable actions and reactions.
Unfortunately this Blaze book has four short stories crammed into the space of one story and the plots suffered greatly. Actually, none of the four "encounters" had much of a plot. Or interesting characters (despite the males being all marine hunks). Or gripping story lines. Or good bedroom scenes (which would be a small compensation for all the other lacks).

The first two stories were a complete waste of time and effort to try to relate to anything the characters said, did, or lived through. And I wanted to deck the heroines.
The third encounter also raised my boxing instinct. Thanks to the heroine, again, but mostly because there was so much potential, but so little space to develop anything. And the mediocre ending without heads or tails also didn’t help.

The final story, the hero of which was at the center of the main arc, was the strongest of the bunch, but still severely lacking in execution, plot and interest-holding. The h/H were a little more developed, the hero had more depth than his three buddies combined, and the heroine was a true breath of fresh air from her three nerves-grating predecessors.

If the prologue and epilogue were any indications, the fourth story – lengthened and strengthened – would’ve been quite a good read, instead we got a great prologue promising us a bang of a story, mediocre four novellas that could’ve been good PWP if the sex scenes were better, and an epilogue that was too short and certainly didn’t accomplish anything.

*disappointed sigh*


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