Published: May, 2004
Author: Simona Taylor
Mahalia ‘Hailie’ Derwood, celebrated fantasy novelist, dreams of bringing her most cherished character to life in the form of a graphic novel. But she gets much more than she bargained for when artist Darius Grant is chosen to bring her vision into fruition. Strong, sensitive, and sweet, Darius falls immediately under Mahalia’s spell but is he in over his head? Closed off and fiercely protective, Haile’s concern is for her child, who suffers from autism, and her bruised heart. Just as Mahalia’s let’s her guard down enough to let Darius in, a ghost from her past, who has a connection with her new love interest, threatens the love and trust she is craving. Darius finds himself fighting for the love of a little boy and the trust of his mother as demons from their past resurface and tries to bury them.
Le sigh. I’m truly disappointed in this read. I’ve read another book by this author called May Summer Never End and adored it, so I was expecting to love this book and found myself sorely disappointed. First off I have to say that this book had a really bad case of the ‘overlies‘. Mahalia is overly insecure of herself and her ability to attract a man that will stay and be good to her and her son. She’s almost as pathetic as Bella from the Twilight series…almost. She over reacts to every little thing and her behavior is just too extreme sometimes. And Darius is overly insecure and eager. He also can’t believe that a woman would be attracted to him, or like his artistic work. And he is way too eager to please this woman. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have someone want to be and do nice things for you, but he was over the top with it. Sometimes he came off more to me as a woman in a man’s body, very feminine. I really wanted to see him put his foot down because he didn’t with her or his overbearing brother. It’s not until the end of the novel that we get some backbone from Darius.
Also, the language in this book was a little too much for my taste. It was just melodramatic, completely flowery, and overly metaphoric. I read metaphors in this book I never want to read again. It was as if the writer was trying way too hard. The only thing I enjoyed were the interactions with the little boy Willard, and the crotchety old housekeeper Coretta. They’re the only two characters that weren’t overly done, had nice depth, and believability. The little boy was a pleasure to get to know despite his disability or maybe because of it, and Coretta was funny and endearing.
The story itself was okay but trying to get into it and enjoy it through all the metaphors and insecurities of the main characters was hard. I really had to force myself to finish. Which is too bad because I really wanted to like it. If you want to read something by Simona Taylor, pick up the other book I mentioned because this one will be a slow read.
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