{Review} Gemini by Penelope Ward


{Review} Gemini by Penelope WardGemini by Penelope Ward
November 20, 2013
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense (Adult)
Pages: 238

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Diner waitress Allison Abraham had no idea her mundane life was about to dramatically change the day she serves a devastatingly handsome customer.

Allison is immediately captivated by the mysterious man who stared through her soul with his electric blue eyes. After he abruptly leaves the restaurant, she can’t get him out of her head.

She has no idea that he had actually come on a mission to find her.

Cedric Callahan wasn’t expecting to fall in love at first sight with the pretty waitress he’d set out to find. In fact, she was the last woman on Earth he should be having feelings for. But his selfish heart had other plans. Feeling compelled to know her before revealing himself, he makes her believe their meetings are coincidental.

After a passionate romance ignites, Cedric’s lies and secrets are finally revealed, changing both of their lives forever.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

ReasonsToReadThe minute she saw him, she was a goner.  He was all crisp suit and bright blue eyes to her fumbling hands and waitress uniform, but they were drawn to each other.  And even though he walked out without a word, she couldn’t stop thinking about him.

Cedric’s life, while good, is empty.  His steady girlfriend, the first he’s stayed with in years, is little more than a convenient distraction, and while his job brings in the money, it’s not exactly fulfilling.  That becomes even more apparent when he meets a beautiful waitress who’s everything he didn’t know he was looking for.  And yes, he was looking for her; wandering into her diner was no accident.

Allison, adopted as a child by a single woman, is now alone in the world.  She has no information about her birth family and has never gone looking for them.  Her adoptive mother has now passed away, leaving Allison with only an aunt she’s not close to and a small circle of friends.  Little does she know…

The instant attraction they share is undeniable, and while love-at-first sight can be a hard sell, these two had me convinced from the get-go.  They can’t stop thinking about each other, and that distraction permeates every bit of their lives.  Cedric has been little more than a womanizer for years, but something about Allison has him reconsidering his ways.

ButI soooo wanted to love this story, but it just didn’t happen.  Have you ever noticed how many romance plots include some big, scary secret that, if revealed, could ruin everything?  Sometimes that secret plays so well into the plot that you never even question it.  And sometimes…

“My draw to Allison is not a choice. I will never stop wanting her. And I will inevitably hurt her either way, once she learns the truth.”

I spent much of the book wondering just what the truth could be.  On a certain level, I was worried that Cedric would turn out to be some long lost relative of Allison, since we knew she was adopted.  That would have definitely ruined it for me.  Of course, that wasn’t the case, but there was certainly a heavy creep factor to what the truth actually was.

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Second, we usually see womanizers like Cedric start bettering themselves after finding the woman they’re meant to be with.  In his case, though, he continued on with his shallow relationship with someone else, and even though Allison knew he was with someone, she let things get heated with him.  It just didn’t fit with making me like either character.

And finally… yes, as usual, it’s the editing.  Or lack of it.  The writing is rather unpolished, and I suspect that a good editor would have not only cleared up the author’s obvious confusion with tenses, but one would have also stopped the author from unnecessarily repeating everything and being overly descriptive where it wasn’t important.  That’s not to say Penelope Ward is a terrible writer — I’m sure many of our favorite best sellers had similar problems in their draft forms, and this story had all the makings of something that could have been great — but it certainly illustrates the importance of a good editor to take a great idea and perfect its delivery.

TheVerdictI had high hopes for this book, but I was ultimately disappointed.  I’m extremely picky when it comes to syntax, and while the story started to go a little astray, I probably would have kept reading if it had been well-edited.  I know not everyone is so easily distracted by things like that, so there’s a good chance other readers won’t even notice the mistakes.  I just couldn’t get past all the sentences that started in past tense and ended in present — and vice versa.  I suppose it’s possible that it kept me from finishing a great story, but we’ll never know.

About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 9-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 7-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

Author: ysar

ysar is a book, blog, and design junkie who would be lost without a mile-long to-do list. Find more of her random crap at ysar.info

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