Wednesday, July 7, 2010

You Can Fool Some of The People Some of The Time....

You'll get the significance of this week's graphic in a minute. Sometime I wish I had a big wind behind me to help me blow through my workouts!

Blown Away by my Results?
Pages read 368
Riding Time 3hours 29 minutes
Calories Burned 1,385
Distance Peddled 68.85 miles

For My Thoughts

Blown Away is the 1st book in a new trilogy by Sharon Sala. I haven't previously read any books by Ms. Sala, but this book looked like it had an interesting premise so I decided to take a chance on a new (to me) author (like I don't have enough books in the TBR pile O-o).

The next time you think you're having a bad day and your life sucks, I'm pretty sure the heroine of Blown Away Carolyn North has you beat by a country mile.

While on a walk near her home, Carolyn stumbles across Lance Morgan, ex-boyfriend and owner of the neighboring farm burying a body wrapped in a carpet in woods. This actually is the highlight in what is to become the worst day possible in the life of Carolyn North and in fact probably saved her life. As Carolyn flees (Lance has every intention of silencing her before she can expose his crimes), back at the North homestead a tornado has made landfall totally demolishing Carolyn's home, killing her parents and her visiting cousin Susan (who coincidentally looks enough like Carolyn that they could be twins) and gravely injuring Carolyn herself. I told you she was having a bad day.

And yet even after all these traumatic events, somehow Carolyn has the presence of mind to think that if she doesn't leave the area immediately that Lance will track her down and kill her for what she witnessed him doing in the woods. Good thing her cousin Susan's car was unscathed during the storm so Carolyn buckles up and beats a hasty retreat deciding to assume her dead cousin's identity until she can prove that Lance is a murderer.

Well you can fool some of the people some of the time, but when Carolyn passes out at a traffic light and is hospitalized and “Susan’s” contact information is her boss Mike Beaudreaux, once he arrives – she ain’t fooling nobody, especially Mike.

Mike Beaudreaux is a smart, savvy, sexy businessman, who once he learns the true nature of Carolyn’s story is most compassionate and agrees to carry out the charade as he invites her into his home to recover from her ordeal. Although the relationship between Mike and Carolyn was quick to develop considering they only knew each other for a couple of weeks, it was sweet and loving and Mike being a southern gentleman does treat her with the utmost respect. Considering what Carolyn endured, the romance isn’t too hot and heavy but it seems Mike was just what the Dr. prescribed for Carolyn's road to recovery.

While I did finish Blown Away I did have some issues with the logic/storyline that made me shake my head and roll my eyes a few times.

I admit to knowing next to nothing about tornadoes other than they are very scary and windy - but shouldn't there have been some tornado or wind warnings that day before Carolyn decided to go for an afternoon stroll in the woods? Can a tornado really form that quick that you have no inkling one is just minutes from striking?

Why not just go to the police immediately and report what she saw Lance doing in the woods? For some reason Carolyn thinks she needs to amass evidence against Lance or no one will believer her. For such a smart guy, why would Mike go along with her harebrained plan (with his help and resources of course)? Lance as the bad guy was kind of lame. He was more like a spoiled, selfish brat who got himself into a heap of trouble and then couldn’t deal with the consequences.

The set up for the next two books in the series sounds intriguing (a missing little boy and prison escapees from the tornado wrecked jail) and while I had some minor issues with Blown Away, I will in all likelihood read them as well.


ErotRomReader (Janna) said...

Hmmm, I don't think this one is for me. Your niggles would annoy me too much. I can suspend some disbelief every now and then, but this asks for more than I'm able too. ;)
Great review!

The Book Pimp Blogs said...

Hi again: Yes I agree that you have to suspend some belief with most books you read, but the situation with the tornado really just bugged the hell out of me. Hopefully if I decide to read the next 2 books that won't be an issue.

Tara said...

Thanks for your comment! I look forward to reading your reviews.