Jessica Bird – "A Man In A Million"

21 Jan

GENRE: Romance / Contemporary
PUBLISHED: Silhouette Special Edition, 2007

WHY THIS NOVEL? I got this novel because of a review on AAR.

The back blurb:
“As far as bad boy Spike Moriarty was concerned, Madeline Maguire defined female perfection. When they’d met, she’d walked up as if she wasn’t the most gorgeous thing on the planet and asked to see his tattoos. He – a tough guy who’d make grown men run – had just about passed out. But their connection was definitely one-way … it had to be. Because he could never be the man in a million she was looking for, not with the things he’d done and seen. So for as long as she’d let him, he’d give her whatever she wanted. He’d worry about her walking away when it happened.”

I didn’t know Jessica Bird also writes as J. R. Ward (or is it the other way round?) but it definitely shows. For example, in the way Spike and other (male) characters talk – lots of “what’s doing?” and “my man” flying around – or the way Spike reacts toward Madeline (which is thankfully without the uber-alpha-ness of her vampires). Spike and Madeline are good together. They have a nice chemistry.

So what’s the conflict?

Spike did something in his past that makes him think he’s not good enough for Madeline (he keeps it secret). And that’s without thinking about that Madeline has a lot of money and he’s from a rather different background. Now Madeline has her own obstacle to overcome for a HEA with Spike. She’s very insecure about her own attractiveness. She’s competitive and tall, and there are also some things in her past which make her think she’s always – at best – second choice. All this is a set up to a big misunderstanding, but it’s not silly. I could understand why Spike and Madeline reacted how they did. It also had the benefit that you could see it coming right from the start.

It’s Madeline’s eating problem that I had trouble to understand. It’s not the fact that she developed a eating problem, with her kind of family background it’s actually no wonder she had one, but the fact that she could be a navigator on a racing yacht without eating a thing. I found that hard to believe. The energy needed for that kind of activity must come for somewhere. A body can compensate for much but keep this kind of behaviour up over some time and you’re in for a serious breakdown, I think. It just didn’t fit together. Plus: are there no regular medical check-ups required?

Anyway, this was a small inconsistency with Madeline’s character. It didn’t keep me from enjoying the story.

Would I recommend this novel?Yes.

Would I read this novel again? Yes.

Grade: 4 / 5


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