Sunday, January 31, 2010

Review - Simon Says

Title: Simon Says
Author: Lori Foster
Publishing Date: 2007
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: C+
Sensuality: Warm
Book Disclosure: Borrowed from the library. I chose to read it because Lori Foster will be at the RT convention this year.

When Dakota Dream walked into Simon's life he felt the first stirrings of lust in six months. That was when he walked out on his girlfriend after finding out she had cheated on him. Training for hs comeback match in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Simon does not need this complication in his life. Dakota has her own set of problems, too. She has been blackmailed by her stepfather to find Simon, his lost son. What Dakota didn't anticipate was ending up caring for Simon more than the hold her stepfather has on her.

Simon Says has a lot going for it. The hero Simon is quite delectable with his hot body and protective, alpha personality. Simon might be Alpha, but he's never over bearing about it. He and Dakota hit it off fairly early on in the story. They communicate well and there is a lot of good dialogue. Simon has a slew of fighter buddies and they all add interest and personality to the story. So, why was my overall impression of this book just okay?

Well, one thing in particular was that the heroine came across as a little immature. Not in the way that she was childish in a brat sort of way, but more like she felt like a young character and I couldn't relate to her being an old biddy, myself. I don't really know how to explain it. Dakota just felt like she had growing to do. The other thing is that the characters walked a fine line between being developed and being cookie-cutter. I felt like there was development, but maybe it just wasn't quite completed. I enjoyed Simon Says while reading it, but it just didn't have that WOW factor.

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Hilcia said...

Jill, I remember reading Jude's Law, a book that's part of this series (that was a while back), and I remember liking it, but not loving it. Did you read that one? I never got to this one. It's been a while since I read anything by Foster. :)

nath said...

Sigh, I haven't read a Lori Forster quite a while. I just lost interest in her books... Sounds like an okay book only....

Lori said...

The last few haven't thrilled me. I liked the first one in the series, but the next couple left me lukewarm. This makes me so sad. I adore her older titles.

Jill D. said...

Hilcia - This was my first Lori Foster book. I might try another by her at some point.

Nath - Yeah, I mean it's okay, but not great. I think the characters just aren't developed enough for me.

Lori - I might give her another try at one point, possibly one of her earlier books.