Saturday, November 12, 2005

Never Too Much by Lori Foster

Let me get this off my chest right now... this book sucked! Big time. Whew, I feel better now. Foster has a multitude of rabid fans but I'm not one of them as you can tell. I'm not going to waste too much time reviewing this book since I already wasted too much time reading it.

Sierra Murphy owns and runs a landscape business and Ben Badwin owns a motel. That's it. That's about all I can tell you because there was no plot. Stuff happens, blah blah blah... more stuff happens. The characters were mostly flat. A smidge of conflict was provided by Sierra's wacko ex-husband who used to beat her and now wants revenge (for what I don't know) and is stalking her. Ben's perpetual hard-on got tiresome. The only two slightly interesting characters were Sierra's partner Kent and Ben's uptight mother, Brooke. Although Kent is younger than Brooke, he is instantly attracted to her and I liked their story more than Ben and Sierra's story. More stuff happens, some dialogue, ::skim::, blah, blah, ::skim::, nothing happens, oh yeah, they have hot sex, some more dialogue, ::skim::, blah. Ad nausem. The End (thank God).

OK, I can hear you thinking. Why did I start this and more importantly why did I finish it? I received this book as a gift so I wanted to read it in case I am asked about it. I'm a really lousy liar. I wanted to be able to at least say I read it.

My Grade: D-

This was my second Lori Foster and I conclude that this author is not for me. The first book of hers I read was Too Much Temptation which I named as my worst read for 2002 in AAR's yearly poll. As I recall many people named it their favorite book that year. Go figure. I have three other by Foster in my TBR (that'll teach me to glom an author before I have read any by them), and I think they're categories: Caught in the Act, Gabe, and Sawyer. I don't want to inflict any more torture on myself so they're probably going to the UBS.

Can someone explain the cover to me? What's with the pears? There is nothing about pears in the book. Hmm, maybe it's not pears... maybe, it's something else. Or maybe there is something erotic about pears and I'm clueless. Wouldn't be the first time.


Alyssa said...

I had problems with this one, too, although I didn't dislike it as much as you did. But geez, I was very disappointed.

I seem to like Foster's novellas more than her novels, but even there, I find her to be somewhat uneven. I haven't read any of the three you mentioned, by the way.

Jay said...

Tara and I are starting a "not so much with the Lori Foster Love" group. For just $19.95/yr you can join.

Seriously though, I started Too Much Temptation, which I think has a different fruit on the cover and it was nearly a wallbanger. It definitely would have been if I had read past the 3rd chapter. The only LF book I've read the whole thing of is Unexpected, and even that wasn't that great.

ReneeW said...

Alyssa - I have some of her novellas and don't remember hating them as much. I think the shorter format works better for her.

Jay - I'm in. Oh, wait, $19.95? Hmmm. Yeah, ok, I'd pay that not to have to read another of her books. Put me in a bad mood. But the good news is I'm reading The Courtesan and LOVING it. Perked me right up.

CindyS said...

Hmmm, I think I read the first chapter of this book and thought *yawn* and that was it. I'm not much for heroes who are always hot in the pants and then they find love with someone they wouldn't normally be attracted to. Thanks, but no.

I've only ever finished Unexpected and a title with Clint before I began to see the stereotypes that Foster plays to. The men are manly and the woman love their woman-ess and the woman actually stand around and talk about how the men in their town are Hhhhot. You know what, doesn't happen!!


Where do I sign?


Avid Reader said...

I'd sign it too. I don't get the appeal of this author but to each his own.

Tara Marie said...

I think it's official we can now be called "not so much with the Lori Foster Love" club. I'm relieved it isn't just me--LOL.

$19.95 is cheap if it can somehow keep us from buying any of her books. I actually almost bought "Jamie" last night when I ran the the market for Benadryl. I had to mentally smack myself to keep from picking the damned thing up.

Wendy said...

Oh thank gawd! People who hated Too Much Temptation as much as I did! I was beginning to think I was the only one....

Wow, I haven't touched my blog in over 6 years and I'm still logged in!  Good thing because I have no idea what my password is.  In ...