Wednesday, March 14

The Burning Point by Mary Jo Putney

Kate Corsi always dreamed of working for her family's world-famous explosive demolition business--a wish her old-fashioned father denied her until the day he died. According to his will, Kate will receive a fortune, while her ex-husband, Donovan, will inherit the family business--but only if they agree to live under the same roof for one year.

Forced into a tentative alliance, Kate and Donovan must discover the truth about her father's death--and confront the past that almost destroyed them both. And as they face all their shattered dreams, their wrenching secrets and bitter resentments, they find themselves sliding perilously toward the burning point where passion catches fire once more...

I've read some reviews about how good MJP's books were. Her historicals, I mean. But y'all know why I'm staying far, far away from those. So when I found this book, I didn't hesitate about buying it. And especially because it said that this was her first contemp--that added more to my curiosity.

Unfortunately, it was a bad choice. Oh, I'm sure a lot of people really liked it. But MJP's writing style dust didn't do it for me. The story seemed to drag on and I had to really work it to get through the first few chapters. I couldn't even believe that I've read everything until somewhere in the middle, before I began skimming through the pages. Then...I just skipped right over to the ending.

But I have to say that what MJP did by headlining domestic violence was a really brave thing to do in the romance genre. Between one of the lead characters and an antagonist, maybe. But between the two leading characters, daring. Maybe I plowed on through the story because my curiosity got the better of me and I really wanted to know how they were going to work things out.

But personally, I don't think I could ever work things out in that situation.

It is fair to say that the plot did
not turn me off from the book. Although now, I can't see even see myself picking up another MJP in the near future. Not even her historicals.

Final verdict: 5/10. So-so but won points for originality.


Holly said...

Interesting. I don't think I ever want to read it, but I am a bit curious. lol

good review, babe.

Anonymous said...

I think even MJP will admit that she is not right for contempory romance so yeah, BURNING PT should not be anyone's first MJP to read. If you have to do one of her contemps, THE SPIRAL PATH is probably the one most indicative of her style. BURNING PT was a brave book to write but I still would have preferred not to have read it (and I say this as someone who has read every single MJP book except for her very last)

Kookie said...

Thanks, girl.

I know...I was interested when I read the synopsis. But look where it got me. :(

Welcome to this li'l place!

I just might give MJP a chance...I don't give up totally on authors. But not just anytime soon. But when I do so, I will definitely try The Spiral Path--I certainly got intrigued enough when I read about Raine and Kenzie in The Burning point. There's a good chance I might like their story.:p

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