Friday, April 16, 2010

Review: Ain't Too Proud to Beg by Susan Donovan

Title: Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Author: Susan Donovan
Published: November 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 329
Source: Public Library
Characters: Rick Rousseau, Josephine Sheehan
My Rating:

Josie Sheehan collects failed relationships the way some women collect designer handbags. Now, at thirty-five, she has exactly one male in her life: her Labradoodle, Genghis. In fact Josie, along with the three very single women in her dog-walking group, has recently sworn off men, resigning herself to long walks in the park with her devoted, four-legged friend.

All bets are off, however, when she meets Rick Rousseau, a pet-company CEO who is smart, sexy, and, best of all, head-over-heels for Josie. Even Genghis, an excellent judge of character, seems to know that Rick is the real deal. But just when Josie starts to think that she has found something more enduring than puppy love, she discovers that Rick has a complicated past—and a secret that could put the woman he loves in serious danger...

I found myself enjoying this book from page one. This story had me laughing out loud the entire way through. Josie dog-walking group was very entertaining throughout, although at times they could be very annoying. Okay, first off one of the reasons this book only gets a rating of 4 instead of 5, is because of how quickly Josie and Rick seemed to fall in love with each other. Something about how quickly they fell for each other just didn't strike me as believable. It seemed a little too perfect.

Bennett Cummings, Rick's nemesis, I found to be a somewhat likable character. I so wanted him to let go of his need for revenge and get on with living what was left of his life. For a minute there I thought he have been on the path to doing that because of his interaction with LaShelle.

One of the things that did surprise me was how explicit the sex scenes were. I don't remember Donovan being this graphic before, or it could have just been a while since I read her. Don't get me wrong, it's not a complaint, it was just unexpected from what I believed was going to be a fluff romance with nothing more than some heaving petting. It's not that there is a lot of sex, because there isn't; it's just that the little sex there is, is in detail.

The other reason this book didn't get a rating of 5, was because of the whole situation her sister Beth. She was completely unlikable to me, plus there was no closure for the reader with regards to her marital problems.

I am looking forward to Ginger's story, the next book in the series, The Night She Got Lucky.


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