I read the first book in the series years ago and must have made the decision somewhere along the line to forgo the second one. How I ended up with the 3rd book is a mystery, other than I know I bought book 3 years ago because the version I have is 2008 versus the more recent 2014 edition.
Lee Drace s the eldest of the Drace brothers and his sister in law, Cherise Roberts didn’t like him or the man who married her sister. Now, as I said, it’s been years since I read book 1, but from what I gather, Cherise didn’t like her sister’s husband because he’s white. I could be wrong there, but that’s all I could infer from what I was told. Lee likes Cherise because she’s smart, sexy and she keeps him on his toes. Cherise is a big girl and she’s got a body image problem that she believes can be solved by losing weight. I actually thought her problems could be solved by acting like a grown up, by not saying no, and allowing Lee to kiss, caress and put his fingers in places that they shouldn’t be if she really meant no.
Cherise is the worst kind of heroine. She’s annoying. Actually, both her and Lee were annoying. The dialogue was repetitive. They said the same thing over and over, then they started saying it in different ways, but it always came back to the same thing. I had trouble with the continuity – it felt like we either jumped back and forth, or the scene jumped from paragraph to paragraph.
Then there’s the dialogue between the brothers. These guys sounded like a bunch of girls talking over too many happy hour drinks. I don’t think guys talk about love as much as this author would have me believe; I mean, it was every interaction between them, they were talking about what brother loved what woman. Argh, come on!
This isn’t a long story and as the plot is so thin there’s not a lot more I can tell you without spoilers. I’ll leave with this – Cherise clearly had an unhealthy choice to losing weight and I was disappointed that it was never addressed.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Closer to You: Lee
by Marie Rochelle
Release Date: November 1, 2008
Publisher: Phaze Books