Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: Detained by Ainslie Paton

Title: Detained
Author: Ainslie Paton

Read copy: eBook
Published: September 2, 2013
Publisher: Escape Publishing
ISBN: 0857990772
ISBN-13: 9780857990778

Confined in a cold, dull room in the depths of a Shanghai airport, a journalist chasing a career break and a businessman with a shadowy past play a game of truth or dare — deliberately not exchanging names.

They tell each other their most painful secrets and burning desires. One dare leads to a kiss and a wild night of illicit passion, setting off a dangerous sequence of events, bringing exposure and disgrace.

Only the brutal truth can save them. But it will also rip them apart. And it will take more than daring before they can build a new truth together.

My rating:

***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***

I can't believe I succeeded in reading it. Really, a feat worthy of Hercules if you ask me.

Well, it started out okay. Good premise, very Harlequin-like secretive hero, very Harlequin-like heroine, very Harlequin-like plot...Unfortunately, when that ended, the book didn't. And it all went downhill from that. A twist too many for my comfort, until it all got so damn repetitive, the plot twists more and more elaborate (and outlandish)...And still the author kept on piling and piling on all that unnecessary and utterly unneeded crap.

Until even the initial lukewarm enthusiasm disappeared and I just kept turning the pages (okay, sliding my finger on my eReader's screen) out of sheer boredom, rather looking forward to what Ms. Paton will come up with next.

And even that wasn't enough to raise the rating.


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