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Posted February 26, 2013
There's something about a book that draws your eye - the cover,
There's something about a book that draws your eye - the cover, the blurb or both, as was my case. So off I went to enjoy a book that promised exotic food and places, sizzling chemistry and a little mystery. And I tried, I really did try to love the book, but it felt flat to me at the 40% mark and it was downhill from there. Although the story shifted constantly from Maeve's point of view to that of Jackson then to the third person, I decided to overlook it and focused instead on the characters, their story and their connection.
And here is where it got complicated for me.
The Characters: Try as I might I could not connect to Maeve. Although I liked that she was a strong female lead, to me she came across as selfish and cold. And at times where I got see some depth to her, the story changed and the moment was lost. I gave up on her when she continued to lead Jackson on, especially when she went ahead and left him alone when he was injured. Now Jackson I liked a little bit more. He came across as a very passionate man, sure of himself. He did care about Maeve in his own way, but sometimes he was a bit too soft. For a well traveled bachelor, he sure was lacking common sense and became too clingy too fast.
The Chemistry: With all this talk of aphrodisiacs and arousing dishes, these two were kind of vanilla on the page. I was expecting the sizzling-hot chemistry, the lustful moments, the sighs and the moans to be more than what they were. But nope, it didn't even reach the simmering level in my passion meter. They were plain and short.
The Mystery: There was a moment for me when I lost the direction of the story. There were some events that I felt were unnecessary because they added nothing to the story and then there were those that were important to the story but were not developed properly. It was confusing and at times I found myself walking away from my tablet. I still don't understand the reasoning behind the killings. Maybe it's just me, but it was all happening so fast and not properly explained that I just didn't understand.
I encourage you to read it and come to your own conclusion, because I'm fairly sure that this just wasn't a book fit for me. I found Saffron Nights to be an okay read. I liked the concept behind the story, the different places visited and Chef Paul and his little book.
I received this title from Kensington Books through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
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