Friday, August 1, 2014

Review: Home to Seaview Key by Sherryl Woods

Title: Home to Seaview Key
Author: Sherryl Woods
Rating: 2.5 stars

I picked this book up at the library. It's published by Harlequin, and while very few books by that publisher wow me they are usually a decent read. This, however, was the exception. 

Home to Seaview Key was a thoroughly disappointing read.

This is the first time I've read something from this author, but as I said I went into it expecting a decent read. A little over halfway through the book I was just wanting it to end already. 

Home to Seaview Key is the second book in the series. I didn't realize that going in, however, from reading some reviews this should be able to be read as a standalone. The story does revolve around Seth and Abby, neither of whom were in the first book. Luke and Hannah, the two main characters from the first book, appear prominently in this book as well. So much so that there are parts told from their points of view. For someone who hadn't read the first book, this was a little confusing. 

On that same note, I found the conflict between Hannah and Abby unrealistic. Could it have happened? Yes. But I felt it was resolved too easily and basically brushed under the rug when convenient. 

That brings me to Luke and his meddling. These characters, with the exception of Seth, are all supposed to be around the age of 40. Sometimes they acted more like teenagers. There was one time near the end of the book where I was so frustrated with Luke that I had to close the book for a few minutes. 

And that brings us to Seth and Abby, the two main characters of this story. While overall I liked them both, again, they were very immature for their ages. Seth kept rehashing the same issues over and over. Then, he'd get better for a while, say he'd worked through them, and the next thing you know we're back to square one again. This wasn't an issue of one step forward, two steps back. It was a constant one step forward, one step back, one step forward, one step back. I think he must have gone back and forth on this one issue at least a dozen times.

I liked the set up of the book, and I had high hopes. Unfortunately, it fell flat. After the first couple of interactions between Abby and Seth, I really didn't feel a connection. And the sex scenes, which took forever to get to, were basically nonexistent.  I want to feel the passion...the love...and in this one I didn't. Because of that, I doubt I will ever willing pick up another book from this author. 


Author Bio

With two other careers to her credit before becoming a novelist and four states in which she's lived for extended periods of time, Sherryl Woods has collected friends and memories, along with way too much unnecessary junk.

"The friends are the only things I've brought with me through the years that really matter," she says. "I could probably live without one more chintz teacup, another tin-litho sandpail or another snowglobe, but I need those friends."

Author of more than 100 romance and mystery novels, Sherryl Woods grew up in Virginia. Over the years she had lived in Ohio and Florida, as well as California. Currently she divides her time between Key Biscayne, Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia, the small, river-front town where she spent her childhood summers.

A graduate of Ohio State University School of Journalism, Sherryl spent more than ten years as a journalist, most of them as a television critic for newspapers in Ohio and Florida. For several years she also coordinated a motivational program for the more than 8,000 employees at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

Her first book, RESTORING LOVE, was published in 1982 by Dell Candlelight Ecstasy under the pseudonym of Suzanne Sherrill. Her second book, SAND CASTLES, under the pseudonym of Alexandra Kirk, was published later that same year by Bantam. She began using her own name when she moved to the Second Chance at Love line at Berkley Publishing. In 1986, she began writing full-time and also began her long career at Silhouette Books with the Desire title NOT AT EIGHT, DARLING, set in the world of television which she covered for so many years.

In addition to her more than 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition, she has written thirteen mysteries — nine in the Amanda Roberts series and four in the Molly DeWitt series. 

When she's not writing or reading, Sherryl loves to garden, though she's not at her best on a riding lawn mower. She also loves tennis, theater, and ballet, even though her top spin has long since vanished, she's never set foot on a stage, and she's way too uncoordinated to dance. She also loves baseball and claims anyone who's ever seen Kevin Costner in "Bull Durham" can understand why.


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