Book: Stranger in the Moonlight

"Stranger in the Moonlight"

Kim Aldredge is delighted that her dear college ‘sister’ Jecca has found lasting love with Kim’s cousin Tristan. But despite her flourishing jewelry-making career, Kim’s own happiness seems as distant as the childhood summer when she played the hours away with young Travis Merritt, who came to Edilean with his mother under mysterious circumstances. At the end of that innocent season, he promised Kim he would return one day…and then vanished without even a goodbye. Years later, a worn photo is Kim’s only proof of the perfect joy they shared. But when she least expects it, Travis, now a savvy Manhattan attorney, will crash into her life once more. Will Kim see the boy she knew under the man he’s become?

Why do male leads in romance novels have to be so perfect? Don’t the authors know they’re developing more hopeless romantics, as well as reinforcing the notion that women will not find better in the real world?

I mean, come on, how can someone like me compete with a guy like Travis?

Not that I’m in love with Kim or anything. I hardly know her. Which isn’t a good thing, considering I just read a whole book about her romance with Travis.

Okay, to be fair, Jude Deveraux hasn’t lost her magic. The novel was nice, and it was an enjoyable read. It’s just that–with all the build-up about Travis, and about Joe Layton, and Penny, and Russell, and the little about Lucy Cooper’s past–I feel as if the author forgot that Kim was her main character.

Aside from her being one to embrace fun, her feisty character, and her jewelry-making–I don’t know her at all. Which is a little disappointing since Jecca, the heroine from the previous novel, felt complete. As did Tristan, although he too was a little too perfect.

I feel like author Deveraux did her character a disservice by making her too hung up on one guy. On hinging this whole story in a destiny premise that ends the book before it has even begun. And while, as I said, the book was enjoyable, there never really was a doubt on who would end up with who. That the book will offer something new.

Which is why it took me a while to finish the book, considering the fact that it’s chic lit. I eat chic lit. I can finish it off in one sitting. This took me days because I couldn’t invest in Kim’s journey.

And you’re probably wondering if I’ve gone mad because I seem to be saying two different things. Let’s clarify: the book is good enough. It’s enjoyable enough. But it’s not original. It reads like a Jude Deveraux novel because you get updates about characters you’ve met in the past. But at the same time, it doesn’t read like a Jude Deveraux novel because there’s nothing new to learn, and there are no plus ones that would make this novel stand out from other novels.

Those are my thoughts.

Let’s see what other people have to say about the novel:
Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy
RT Book Reviews
Caught in a Bad Romance