Friday, July 29, 2011
Book Review of #4 Lie with me by Cara Summers
Author Name: Cara Summers
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Part of Series: Sequel to Tall, Dark...And Dangerously Hot Trilogy by Cara Summers, prequel to Come Toy with me By Cara Summers
Type of book: Adult, Contemporary, romance novel
Year it was published: 2008
Corfu's exotic beaches are a matchless place to meet true love...or at least to have a fabulous fling! And that's exactly what Philly Angelis needs. After all, she's a survivor of unrequited love...and an embarrasingly rejected sexual proposition. Fleeing to Greece to soak in its sexy magic-as well as to find a hot guy to take her mind off her longtime crush, Roman Oliver-seems the perfect antidote. Roman can't believe what's he's doing. Philly is his best friend's little sister-definitely hands off! So why is he following her to Corfu? And why is he taking her outrageously delicious sexual proposition seriously? Maybe because Phily's all woman now-a woman who knows exactly what she wants. And, God help him, Roman's going to give it to her...
Philly is an interesting character and she tries to change or to forget to her crush Roman, but she doesn't succeed. I feel that she changes in beginning and seems to stay this way throughout the rest of the book. Roman's transformation and thought processes are far more visible than Philly's. When he starts hanging out with Philly, he begins to change and stops thinking of her as a brother's friend.
I think the theme is for Philly to go after what she wants instead of being shoved in the back so to speak. Philly has always been shy when it comes to Oliver, but in this book, instead of waiting for Roman to pursue her, she pursues him. I also think that powerful scenes as relate to life and death bring people very close to one another.
Again, just like Tell Me Your Secrets, this is a switching back and fourth first person and third person, which will be jarring for some people. (First person is the female character, Philly in this case, and third person is Roman.) The plot was interesting, how one event leads to more events within the book, and there are some surprises within. I think because it was mainly a summer read so to speak, it's difficult to find what I like and don't like with this book. Even though events are highly improbable and some defy logic, for one reason or another they didn't feel like intruders, but in fact they felt natural.
Was Cara Summers born with the dream of becoming a published romance novelist? No. But now that she is, she still feels her dreams has come true. She loves writing for the Blaze line because it allows her to create strong, determined women and seriously sexy men who will risk everything to achieve their dreams. Cara has written more than thirty-five books for Harlequin Books, and when she isn't working on new stories, she teachers in the Writing Program at Syracuse University and at a community college near her home.
It's peculiar that this book has an improbable plot, a lot of suspension of belief, the whole first person and third person point, yet I'm giving this book four stars. Perhaps I'm somewhat used to Cara Summers' writing style as well as plot twists and I'm beginning to see the charm of the books. I really enjoyed Philly's character and about her unpredictability. I also love the cover this book has. I think that in this case I enjoyed the read. It wasn't deep or anything like that, but was, well, mindless. I hadn't read the Tall, Dark and Dangerously Hot Trilogy, and this book got me curious about it. I actually enjoyed the whole psychic cat thing in the book, and of how Roman Oliver tries to fight his temptation towards Philly.
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)