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Monday, May 18, 2009

Review - Stranded by Jasmine Aherne

Title: Stranded

Author: Jasmine Aherne

Publisher: Pink Petal Books

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Rating: You Could Read It

Reviewed by: Vivienne

When Rachel Coles flew to New York to surprise the man she thought was her fiancĂ©, coming face to face with his wife broke her heart. She needed a shoulder. So, she turned to a man she met by chance--handsome carpenter Will Norton. Together they turn her disaster into a short but magical holiday. Will was attracted to the pretty brunette he met on the plane, and the fun sightseeing day they share only deepens his feelings for her. He’s just starting to regret never seeing her again when he learns Rachel’s had all her suitcase and purse stolen. Now, as he offers her his guest room while she waits for a new passport, Will and Rachel find themselves struggling against a deep-rooted attraction that shows every sign of making itself permanent. The only trouble is, Rachel’s stay in New York will be anything but…

This book took me a little while to get into. I found Rachel, the lead female to be rather shallow and foolish, as she rushes to America to her fiancé, whom she has barely known a month, to find him already happily married. She calls for help from the stranger on the plane and within two days, she has gone from being distraught over the break up of her engagement, to falling heavily in love with her knight in shining armour. Unfortunately she gives off an air of stupidity and lacks any depth to her character, especially when she comes out with comments like the following.
‘ I sometimes think if I hadn’t been a caterer, I’d be a paleontologist.’ From this we can gather that they are such similar careers and following such similar patterns of training!

On the other hand, Will, her knight in shining armour comes across as gorgeous, sexy, reliable and every girls dream as he acts as the perfect gentleman, even though his feelings for Rachel are strong right from their first meeting.

As the story progresses it does improve, once I could put to the back of my mind that her engagement had just dissolved. Will and Rachel head straight into a will they won’t they have sex situation, which does keep you reading, because the tension lifting off the pages desperately makes you want them to be together and you are not disappointed when they do.

Once their relationship has begun, you are then left in suspense as to what will happen when Rachel goes back to England and I found myself ripping through the pages to find out how it ends, which I won’t tell you because I don’t want to spoil.

This book would definitely be of interest to food lovers as the references to different dishes and cakes had me drooling.

On the whole, it is a lovely romantic story, although the beginning of it did not agree with me, the relationship between Will and Rachel was really sweet. If you like romance full of tension, then this one is for you.

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