Author: Beth Flynn
Type: Romance, Christian Romance
Note: This Book is not free, it was borrowed from a friend.
Review: Very Spoilerish
For two books, Grizz manipulated, schemed and connived to make everything in his world work out to his satisfaction, especially his relationship with Kit/Ginny. In this book, he barely had a presence until around the half-way point. And then, he just sort of laid back and waited for something to happen. Just waited. He seemed like a completely different person…a different character. I didn’t like the new, improved Grizz. He was just boring old James. Waiting. The old Grizz showed up a time or two, but it was fleeting.
Meanwhile, Ginny was mourning, and praying. Lots of praying. She finally contacts her old, favorite nun who has retired, looking for answers, and she finds several clues from another retired nun who just “happens” to have been there when Grizz was born. Divine intervention, or just a short cut for an author who can’t figure out how to tie up the loose ends? There were several of those, including the meanest character, who was behind most of the bad things that happen to Grizz and Kit, suddenly losing her mind, confessing, saying she’s sorry…blah, blah…and avoiding forcing Grizz to avenge himself and Kit and, subsequently, falling out of grace. We don’t want the new and improved James/Grizz reverting to the character we adored in the first two books, now do we? Or at least the author didn’t. Sheesh. He should have just killed the bitch.
If you love romance all tied up in a neat little bow, and don’t really care that the author used God to tie up everything for her, this book will deliver nicely. If, like me, you prefer a tightly plotted story with rational explanations, you might want to skip this one.
There are hints from the author that she will write a spin-off series. While I know she can be a great story-teller, Nine Minutes is one of the best books I read in ages, I just hope…please…either tag it as faith-based, Christian romance (so we understand that God and prayer will solve all the tricky plot holes), or write more believable endings.
Compared to Nine Minutes, this book was…