Well, I’ve stewed on this book long enough – and please don’t take that to mean that this is a book of any substance that requires any amount of time to ruminate on or ponder or process. No, it’s more that I needed time to prevent having two rather negative reviews back-to-back. I know, technically, they are back to back, but I dragged my feet long enough and distracted you with The Afters and Ryan Lochte, so…

The Newsmakers – Lis Wiehl

I’m going to try not to indulge my desire to launch into a diatribe and instead just punch in on the high level blemishes that irritated me about the book. Then we can move on.

First, I’ve never (to my knowledge) done this before, but I felt compelled to write down a handful of predictions based on the first 2-3 chapters. These are things that I knew full well would happen by the end of the book because Wiehl all but broadcasts the entire series of events from the beginning of the book. This is something I expect (and get) regularly from Hallmark movies, but for some reason, it’s WAY more annoying in a book. Probably in part because of the investment of time in reading a book versus watching a movie, but I think it extends beyond that in that the writing just wasn’t very good.

That said, the characters were also very poorly drawn. And ridiculous. And not even consistent throughout the book. Here’s one example. In one part of the book, the main character – Erica, a rising investigative journalist – is looking for a realtor who is described as having an Irish accent and has been casually referred to as a leprechaun. And it takes her long enough to make her doubt she’ll ever find the right one on her long list of possible realtors when she comes to Celtic Home Realty. And she’s then surprised to hear an Irish accent on the other end of the phone when she calls. Really? Irish, Leprechaun, and Celtic all seem to go together and maybe, just MAYBE, an investigative journalist would have picked that out of the list and moved it up to the top.

Further, the relationships are aggravating and annoying. I’ll leave it at that.

EDIT: I completely forgot about the clumsy sexual content in here. Again, horribly written. If it *has* to be in here at all, at least show some writing ability and don’t spell out the metaphors in great detail and then step back as if to say, “if you know what I mean.” (sigh)

Actually, I’ll leave this entire review at that. I didn’t enjoy this book much at all. I groaned and grimaced more times than I can count and even thinking about it again now, I’m annoyed to realize not only that there’s a second book in this series, but that it’s staring at me asking to be read. (sigh).

However, this is simply my opinion as a guy and someone who likes good writing that intrigues rather than frustrates. It could be just me. I’m sure there’s an audience for this book and that’s okay. It’s just not me. Maybe my mom.

peace… love… bdg…