Friday, May 25, 2012

Prognosis for Happiness

Carolynn Carey
Contemporary Romance

"Gwen reflected for surely the thousandth time in her life that her mother was delightfully lacking in subtly, but she knew better than to argue."

Gwen Meyer is not the same girl she was in high school.  She is completely over her old crush.  But when Hollywood surgeon, Trevor Kendall, comes back to town to check on his sick niece, Gwen finds that she might not be as over him as she thought.  Especially since she is the little girl's doctor.  Now she must find a way to be around him and not make a fool of herself - which is difficult with how often they seem to be thrown together.  Trevor would have been on the first plane back to California as soon as he was assured of his niece's safety, that is until he found Gwen again.  Having never been able to catch her interest in high school, he was determined to not let her go without a fight this time.  But will their different lifestyles pull them apart?

My Opinion: Although this book had great potential, I think it fell flat in two vital areas.  The characters were good, but boring.  I never felt like I had gotten to know them.  And therefore I was not engaged in the plot because I didn't understand any motivations nor did I feel like the romance was exciting.  The plot itself seemed to lack excitement as well, though I admit this could be because I could not bring the characters to life in my mind.  The characters are admirable in their own right, generous and kind.  The many side characters were nice and seemed to fill out some of the small, rural town feeling.  The dialogue was long, thick and superfluous at times, trying to tell too much at once.  All together I was a bit disappointed with the lost potential.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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