Drop Dead Gorgeous by Linda Howard (‘Blair Mallory’ series Book #2)

A Novel (Blair Mallory)  Drop Dead Gorgeous by Linda Howard

‘Blair Mallory’ series Book #2

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 28, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0345486587 ISBN-13: 978-0345486585

Blair Mallory has already survived one murder attempt. Now, while planning her wedding and dealing with holiday-season madness, Blair once again dodges a bullet. Or, more precisely, a Buick. And though the driver’s identity remains a mystery, his or her murderous intentions are all too clear.

Or are they? After all, Blair’s homicidal ex-husband and his partner-in-crime/wife are safely behind bars. And even Wyatt Bloodsworth, Blair’s police detective groom-to-be, isn’t inclined to believe she’s being targeted again. All of which makes Blair wonder if her close call was simply a mishap. But the wondering stops when she narrowly cheats death again in another seemingly innocent accident. Two strikes is all it takes to convince Blair that she’s back in someone’s crosshairs. And the only thing more frightening is that Wyatt still doubts her. That means this time no one will be watching Blair’s back when she sets out to get the drop on her would-be killer – before whoever it is finally drops her.

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13-May-08 to 14-May-08

Review: Hmm… was this what I was expecting?

Short answer: Yes. Now here’s the long answer.

Blair is as she is in the first book. I still find her ‘fluffy’ and vain. She makes big deals out of things that aren’t big deals, makes little out of something that should be a big deal. Knowing what she knew from before, I was really surprised by how Wyatt felt, denying that she was being targetted yet again, and the ensuing fight was a bad one. He said things that would have made me even more made than Blair was, but this whole ‘compartmentalizing’ thing she does annoys me to know end. And so does her ‘list of transgressions’. I’m sorry, but if I did that to my husband, our marriage would have been over long ago. Who likes having their faults or the things they did wrong thrown into their face daily/weekly? Give me a break!

I’m also wondering who writes the synopsis’ for both Blair Mallory books. This one makes note of a ‘seemingly innocent accident. Sorry, but what happened wasn’t deemed an accident right from the get-go. Yet the synopsis leads to you believe something else.

I also found this predictable. If you’ve read the first novel, you may agree with me. They seem to keep asking Blair who she angered or made an enemy of – same as the first book. However, she kept throwing it back at Wyatt, wondering if it had to do with him. It happened so many times in the first book that this one became predictable. And again, the entire plot and climax was summed up in Chapter Twenty-Nine. The book ended with Chapter Thirty, the wedding. Why, again, was the ending summed up in one chapter? Is there something wrong with spacing it out? I mean, the book is entertaining; some great laughs, good groans and head-shakes, but summing up the ending in one chapter, for me, screws up the entire book. It feels like being sucker-punched. I really wish authors wouldn’t do that. And some things are repeated enough that it gives you that ‘okay, can we get past that already?’ feeling.

The book is a great read. Some laughs, pretty good action scenes, and although you don’t get erotic descriptions, you quickly get the point. However, the one chapter ending steals one star from my rating.



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