Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#92 : Under My Skin (Bistro La Bohème Book 2) by Alix Nichols : A Review


BOOK TITLE: Under My Skin (Bistro La Bohème Book 2)


ISBN: 1500502537

AUTHOR: Alix Nichols

GENRE: Fiction - Romance

NUMBER OF PAGES: 180

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Bistro La Bohème Book 2

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review Copy as a part of NjKinny book tours

SUMMARY : "UNDER MY SKIN" - a delightful Parisian version of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" - will entertain you with a gripping story, endearing characters and sizzling romance.

Feisty bartender Jeanne and geek-turned-hottie Mat embark on an emotional and sensual roller coaster, as their paths cross at an engagement party, a baptism and a wedding... not counting all the other times they "accidentally" run into each other. 

UNDER MY SKIN is the second novel in the Bistro La Bohème series. It can be read as a standalone

REVIEW:

Having read the previous book in the series I quite knew what to expect from the writer. The story line is more or less like an extension of her first book or what Americans term as a “spin off”.

The protagonist of this book in the series, Jeane didn’t play  much of a role apart from being portrayed as Leena’s friend who has a taste for “wrong sort of man” and has this “gothic” addiction. Apparently she is a changed woman in this edition. Of course, we need a suitable hero for our “reinvented” protagonist. Enter Mat, the geek who couldn’t garner a second look from our protagonist in the previous book. He suddenly “grows” in to this ‘oh-so-desirable-hunk’ (apparently a “later bloomer” in our writer’s words). They are virtually like Tom & Jerry only to end up being heads over heels in love with each other.

To me, the story line seemed to be almost the mirror of her previous book. May be that can be attributed to the recurring theme of ‘does he love me? Does he love me not?’. To a seasoned reader with an insatiable appetite for unpredictable twists this book proved to be a through disappointment. I couldn’t help but draw similarities between Leena & Rob’s story and that of Jeane’s and Mat’s. Though the latter was a less intense and uncomplicated when juxtaposed with that of Leena’s & Rob’s story, the similarities were simply too much.

Much to my disappointment, the writer didn’t describe the backdrop of the story much. In sense, the whole Paris charm was missing. Moreover, I strongly believe Paris would be the perfect backdrop of an Intense romance unlike this story.

In spite of the above mentioned shortcomings, the book still turned out to be a nice light summer sort of read.

VERDICT: Not bad. Not good.


RATING: 3 on 5


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse
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