Posted on January 12, 2016
Mini-reviews: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and Falling from the Sky (Gravity #2) by Sarina Bowen
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Narrator: Laura Hamilton
Story rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 4 of 5 Stars
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ”
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
It’s rarely when chick lit works for me. But Attachments did. This book is so cute and romance is so sweet. I listened to the audio version and I highly recommend it. I think the great narration was one of the reasons I liked this book so much. Also this was the first chick lit I’ve ever read where the main character was a man, and it’s so refreshing. Lincoln was such a charming hero, so imperfect and so likeable. And I loved Jennifer and Beth’ email exchanges. They were funny and smart and so real. Attachments reminded me of Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern.
She’s the woman he doesn’t remember. He’s the man she can’t forget.
Bad boy Hank “Hazardous” Lazarus used to have everything: a gorgeous girlfriend, a career as a freestyle snowboarder and a spot on the US Olympic team. Nine months ago, after a bad crash in the half pipe, he woke up in the hospital, unable to move his legs. Now he’s landed there again, but gravity is not the culprit. With his family pressuring him to try a groundbreaking treatment, Hank self-medicates with too much tequila instead.
Doctor Callie Anders has the courage to restart a patient’s heart with a thousand volts of electricity, yet she’s afraid to risk her own. So she doesn’t confess to her newest patient they they met just before the accident, an encounter that he doesn’t remember. Even as their friendship develops, she won’t admit that she regrets turning down his dinner invitation, or that her heart stutters every time those inked shoulders roll through the door of the therapy department.
With another Vermont winter coming again, Hank needs a hand out from under the avalanche of his disappointments. If only Callie were brave enough to take the job.
Unfortunately Falling from the Sky didn’t live to my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it. It was very enjoyable book with great characters and steamy romance. But I loved Coming in From the Cold and I expected the second book to blow me away. So my high expectations were my problem; if I haven’t read Coming in From the Cold right before Falling from the Sky I wouldn’t have these complaints at all. But I’ve read it. I couldn’t help myself but compare these books. I know that Sarina Bowen’s writing can be so sensual, that she can write intense romance and cause such strong emotional response from me; and I wonder where all of it went in Falling from the Sky.
Despite my harsh words I enjoyed this book. I recommend it especially if you liked The Ivy Years series. It has the same addictive quality and the romance is lovely. I also really appreciate that Sarina Bowen brings to light such topic as disability though in this case it’s glossed up. If you want more realistic approach read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
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