I’ve been a fan of this author since I read Perfectly Broken. The writing in that was smart, fresh and didn’t talk down to this audience – all that made for a wonderful reading experience. It’s with that expectation that I decided to read Wrapped in Lace, even knowing that the POV in the blurb is male. It’s hard to pull off, but it can be done.
The first half of this story was absolutely wonderful. It had all the elements that I expected – it was engaging, funny, quick, and the hero and heroine were very likable people. The more I got to know them, the more I really wanted them to be together. Somewhere around the 70% mark, things started to fall off the rails for me. Things got trendy and repetitive. I really make an effort to go into any book with the highest of expectations (otherwise, what’s the use) so when things start turning, I get a smidgen testy.
One of the things that Prescott Lane does well is the first person POV and this story confirmed that for me. This is told primarily from the hero, Drew’s, POV. I enjoyed him until he started getting soft. I don’t mean physically; it was more about certain thoughts he had about Piper. I mean that there’s a certain ‘I don’t care’ mentality that guys have – it’s not anywhere the same as a woman’s and for me, after a while Drew came across as if a woman was writing. He was just all over the place with his hurt feelings; I thought for sure he would break down in tears at certain points. Once you read about Drew and his reason for staying away from his hometown and family for 6 years, I think you’ll agree that after that kind of brother’s betrayal, it’s hard for anything to really affect your ability to give a ‘you know what’.
Drew and Piper grew up together, at least until they were until the teen years when Piper’s transient mother decided that she wanted to be a mother and took Piper away from her grandparents and the neighborhood friendships. After college, Piper immediately moves back to town because she’s devoted to the grandparents who raised her and she missed the only stable home she grew up with.
Both of our main characters had rejection issues, but they were for very different reasons. It was hard for me to not sympathize with them because the people who started them down the path were supposed to be the people who loved them best. Especially Drew’s situation that really had me going because that’s something he literally had to live with and witness day in/day out.
Overall this was a decent book and had it finished in the tone that it started – I would have been much more enthused and sang its praises.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Wrapped in Lace
by Prescott Lane
Release Date: November 2, 2015