BOOK REVIEW: Danger, Sweetheart by MaryJanice Davidson

Danger SweetheartDANGER, SWEETHEART
By MaryJanice Davidson
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication Date: 10th May 2016
Format: Paperback(336 pages)
Source: Review

This city boy’s about to get a taste of country life . . .

Blake Tarbell has a town to save. Rich, carefree, and used to the Vegas party lifestyle, Blake is thrown for a curve when his former cocktail-waitress mother pleads he go back to her roots to save the town she grew up in. Blake’s used to using money to solve his problems, but when he arrives in Sweetheart, North Dakota, this city boy has to trade in his high-priced shoes for a pair of cowboy boots – and he’s about to get a little help from the loveliest lady in town . . .

Natalie Lane’s got no time for newbies. The prettiest gal to ever put on a pair of work gloves, there’s nothing she can’t do to keep a farm up and running. But when a handsome city-slicker rolls into town with nothing but bad farmer’s instincts and good intentions, Natalie’s heartstrings are pulled. She’s about to teach him a thing or two about how to survive in Sweetheart. And he’s about to teach her a thing or two about love. (Goodreads)

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Danger, Sweetheart was a book that I ended up liking even though I felt that the author was trying too hard to be clever in emulating the tone that “Shaun of The Dead”, a movie that the author name checks in her introduction. It was big shoes to fill and in many ways, it fails to match them. I think that this was due to the very different mediums and this self-awareness doesn’t really work in a book.

However, if you take this out of the equation, you actually have a rather entertaining romantic comedy that would do great as a romantic comedy. Yes, the city slicker moving to the country to fulfil some sort of task or make amends for some misdemeanour has been played out before, but Davidson does make you care for both Blake and Natalie.

Blake isn’t a bad guy and though he is responsible for the state of the small-town, it is due to his lack of information about the people who his actions have affected. When his mother cuts off his finances and manipulates him into seeing how what he has done is going to destroy Danger and a way of life. Though Blake does moan and, at first wants to fight against this, he more than steps up to the challenge.

As for Natalie, I could never get a real feel for her, which is a shame as she is the love interest of Blake. She does challenge him in order to get him to see all the good things about the farm that she sees. Yes, she does have an ulterior motive though it isn’t very clear for most of the book. Even by the end of the book, I was still unclear about what she really wanted. For me, Natalie wasn’t as well developed as Blake and though I knew that they would get together, there wasn’t a real sense of “whoo hoo” that they did get together.

The real enjoyment of this book was down to Blake. His journey was the most developed and I loved seeing the antics he goes through. This is really his story and it was refreshing to see a romance more centring on the male character. Watching his interactions with the various characters (and animals) on the farm was so funny to read and I could vividly see it in my mind. More than a few times I ended up laughing out loud at some of the antics.

The end of the book closes with a chapter from Blakes twin brother, Rake, who is stuck in Italy for reasons that are still to be revealed. I’m now waiting to see what happens next in the book

VERDICT:
From above, you may think I didn’t enjoy the book and although there were elements that I didn’t particular enjoy, I did end up enjoying the book quite a bit. There was a lot of humour in this book that really made it all the more enjoyable. It isn’t a regular romance, but while I felt this was the weaker part of the book, I did really like it and I do want to find out what happens to Rake in Italy.

3 star

 

 

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