Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ARC Review of Something To Prove by Cathryn Parry



Review of Something To Prove by Cathryn Parry

As most of you know, I am not a huge lover of Harlequins. (I like to call them Harlies...☺). I find many of them too shallow, too formulaic, and too generic. I guess the Superromance series are longer, and because of that the author has more time for character and relationship development. Which is a good thing. Harlequin still loves the hard-to-believe totally convoluted plotlines, love-at-first sight premise, and  chiseled six-pack-abs kind of hero (I'm right on board with that last one!).

Anyhoo, Something To Prove has a difficult-to-swallow plotline. It involves secrets and betrayal and ambition, etc etc. It's a typical Harly sort of thing, which I just over-looked, because I really don't give a crap about plot. I give a crap about characters. Characters make the story. Plot schmott. And the characters in this book are excellent. Parry does an amazing job creating a ski legend hero running scared, but dedicated to his team, a journalist heroine who is loyal and loving with her sister, and has been crushed by a son-of-a-bitch father, and plenty of interesting secondary characters who are not just thrown into the book for no good reason, but actually help to paint a fuller portrait of the leads. Most importantly, in spite of the crazy storyline and instant love/lust-at first sight, the chemistry between the hero and heroine is totally believable. Parry does an excellent job with their chemistry, growing trust for each other, and eventually, love.

This is Parry's debut novel, and I am impressed with her writing. Something To Prove is a rock-solid debut, which showcases her writing skills, talent with character development, and ability to create an emotional and satisfying story. What is also showcases is her potential. As I was reading, I felt myself wishing that the author could slip out of the Harly restraints for a bit, and let herself go. Outside of the formula, outside of the box. This new author has a lot of potential, and I hope she gets a chance to let it shine.

Grade: B

(This is an ARC Review. Something To Prove will be released on January 3, 2012.)

All my best,
Penelope

2 comments:

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Sounds interesting but I do enjoy a good plot with my characters.
By the way - I'm in love with your Penelope project!

Penelope said...

Hi Julia! I often find the plots w/ Harlequins unbelievable....but also entertaining. Which is why I keep reading them.

My "Penelope Project" got off to a rocky start...I read a romantic suspense w/ a heroine named Penelope and she was the most TSTL heroine I have EVER seen in my life. I was embarrassed to share a name w/ her. Hopefully the next one will be better!