Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Review - Switch

Title: Switch
Author: Megan Hart
Publishing Date: January 2010
Genre: Erotic Fiction
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Burning
Book Disclosure: Bought new

Paige finds an anonymous note in her mailbox. It's not meant for her, but instead it’s meant for her neighbor. She can't help but be intrigued by the strange command on the expensive paper. The anonymous notes keep coming, getting bolder and bolder. They take Paige on a journey of self discovery.

I am being sort of vague with my summary of the plot because I think one of the strengths of Switch is the unusual method through which it's told. Paige narrates in first person point of view in present time, but there are little clips of her past seen though her memories especially her past relationship with Austin. The twists and turns the story takes and the fact that the reader has no idea where the story is going leads to a very fun and intriguing journey.

At first, I didn't completely like Paige. She seemed cold, emotionally distancing herself from others and her own perception on life. Eventually, I realized that her faults are what make her a great character and seem truly genuine. This is what I love about Hart's writing. Her characters always seem so real, as if they aren't characters in a book acting out their lives for the enjoyment of the reader, but real people with problems they have to work through.

My one quibble would have been to expand more on Paige and Austin's relationship. I felt like I was just given a glimpse of what went on in their relationship and I would have loved to have been shown more. I think Switch was much more focused on Paige's own self discovery, rather than her relationship with Austin. However, Paige’s self discovery is what made this book work for me. Megan Hart has another winner on her hands with Switch!

Here is what others had to say:

Fiction Vixen
The Book Girl
The Bibliophilic Book Blog
Cheeky Reads
Reading with Tequila

This book can be purchased in print or kindle format from Amazon


Mandi said...

I haven't read Megan Hart yet, but it is on my list of things to do in 2010. I have ordered both Deeper and this book. Nice review!

Leslie said...

I've still got Deeper on the tbr pile and need to get Switch. Love Megan Hart's writing!

Wonderful review Jill!

Fiction Vixen said...

"I think one of the strengths of Switch is the unusual method through which it's told."

I completely agree with you. I had a hard time reviewing this book because I wanted to discuss it more than I want to review it. I really like Megan Harts writing style and I can wait to read more from her. Nice review!

Christine said...

Great review, Jill. As you know, I love Megan Hart's work and am constantly awed by her writing. She has an amazing talent for tugging at your heart strings and your conscience with some of the most unique premises. Switch is already on my list. ;)

Maija A. said...

I really like her books and her style, and I'll eventually get this one. Well, I skipped Deeper because I understood there's an age difference between the hero and heroine (=heroine being older) and that isn't my cup of tea.

Jill D. said...

Mandi - You definitely should read her. I am not sure if Deeper would be a good place to start. First off, it's technically not a romance but "an erotic novel". It's a really good book, but it's a tear-jerker. My personal favorite is Dirty. I highly recommend that one, but Switch would be good too.

Leslie and Christine - You have some good reading ahead of you. Enjoy!

Fixon Vixen - Yes, I want to discuss it too! I'll email you so we can do that without spoiling it for everyone.

Maija - Well, Deeper is a very complicated book. I don't want to go into too much detail to avoid spoilers, but when the hero and heroine meet they are the same age. Actually, he might be a year or two older. If you want me to tell you details email me.

Maija A. said...

Hmm... you definitely got me interested. I'll buy Switch and later I'll give that Deeper a try also :)