As most of you would have seen our latest book club read is in fact a couple of books from Mills & Boon to celebrate our Mills & Boon month! Sarah has been reading a combo book featuring, Always The Best Man by Michelle Major and The Best Man’s Guarded Heart by Katrina Cudmore. Meanwhile Chloe has been reading A Deal with Alejandro by Maya Blake, so let’s see exactly what they thought of this months picks!
Now I have to be completely honest and admit that I have never before read a Mills & Boon book, not because I have been purposely avoiding them, just because I’d always assumed they weren’t really my type of book, and I am sad to admit I was right.
A Deal with Alejandro, is everything I expected it to be. I have to be honest and say, so far I have found this book quite boring. I’m not sure if it is because this is just not my kind of book or whether it is the way it is written, but I have found the characters very predictable, particularly Alejandro. That whole millionaire, playboy with family issues has been done many times before and there is nothing new or exciting to this character that makes it interesting. The character Elsie, the marketing guru and Alejandro’s weakness, also seems as though she is quite predictable, but I am hoping the plot will thicken and we can see more sides to both characters.
I don’t want to say already that I can predict what is going to happen as I am hoping there is a few twists and turns along the way.
I’ve started with the first book in my double, Always the Best Man by Michelle Major. I agree with Chloe, I could see from page 10 exactly how this is going to pan out (famous last words, I could be proved wrong yet, I’ll keep you posted!!) but I quite enjoy the easy writing style and it’s very readable.
I watched a documentary a few years ago on Mills & Boon and the way they are written and set up and it fascinated me at the time. I can say that having watched that I can definitely see the ‘formula’ at work here but I think Michelle is such a skilled writer that she’s softened it and made it less cheesy and kept the interest. This book is on the cusp of the chick lit books and reminiscent of the Hallmark movies that are my guilty pleasure so I think although I think I know the ending, I’m going to enjoy reading it!
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Thanks for reading!
Sarah & Team Hurley