The same might not so for specific authors and their novels. In this case, I’m particularly referring to Julie Garwood and her broad assortment of books.
For some years now I’ve enjoyed Mrs. Garwood’s stories. I have not read them in a continuous space of time, and therefore had barely noticed the immense similarities in her plot lines and characters. This past weekend I had the misfortune of reading The Gift. Because the story line was so weak and the characters so annoying, instead of being engrossed by the writing (as I usually am), I had ample time to mule over other details of the book.
JG’s stories are all the same! Her characters are cookie-cutter versions of each other. The heroes are always described as incredibly arrogant and domineering. They are curt and rude to the point where you find yourself exasperatedly amused by their behavior. And best of all, they are handsome giants who are a head taller than everyone else; hard all over, baby!
The heroines are usually raving beauties with a sprinkling of freckles dusting their nose. They are kindhearted, extremely naïve and overly clumsy, but somehow they are described to us as strong and courageous. This, I think, because they all refuse to blindly obey their all-knowing husbands and continually land themselves into a heap of trouble.
Do I mind any of this? Not at all. I love Garwood’s writing style; she is witty and funny and more often than not makes her characters incredibly likable and amusing.
I just hope no more of her books that I’ve yet to read are anything like The Gift. I could not stand reading about another inept idiot that cries at the drop of a hat and who is stupid enough to untie ropes on a ship—not to mention freakishly strong, because those things are damn hard to loosen up! She drove me nuts! And Nathan, the hero? If I had to hear one more time about his loins bursting with lust, I would have tied myself by the nipples to a running vehicle just to stop the insanity.
Reviewing here, for those that haven’t caught on; The Gift is a very bad—a very, very bad book LOL.