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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgeway

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Title: Beach House No. 9 (Goodreads)
Publisher: Harlequin

Source: Publisher, via TLC Blog Tours
Publication Date: 29 Jan 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 037377740X 
Format: ebook
Pages: 384

The Author on the Web:
Christie Ridgeway – Blog

Christie Ridgeway – Twitter

Place(s) Traveled to: Crescent Cove, California

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: The salt air, Jane Pearson realized, was hampering the success of her impending mission.

Beach House No. 9 Order
Book 0.5 – Beach House Beginnings 
Book 1 – Beach House No. 9

Book 2 – Bungalow Nights
Book 3 – The Love Shack

Regular readers of this blog know that I like to read romance and for many years I was a pretty strict historical romance kinda gal. But over the last year or so I have been to read more contemporary romances for both adults and teens. So I was excited for the opportunity to read an review Christie Ridgway’s newest series which is set in Crescent Cove, California as she is a new to me author.

Beach House No. 9 is actually more than one story. There is the main romance which is discussed in the synopsis between Jane and Griffin and then there is this secondary romance involving Griffin’s sister and her husband. *insert heavy sigh here* I am not a fan of secondary story lines in romances. To me, they tend to distract and often bog down the main story line and this is the case with Tess and David’s story. Every time I was pulled into one of their heads I just wanted to cringe a little. I was not into their story at all and think that this whole book could have been better without it.

I also wasn’t a fan of the fact that the first real sex scene in the book as with Tess and David and not between the ones that I thought the entire book was going to be about. There was also lots of scenes involving Skye Alexander which foreshadow her story which is told in the third book in the series, The Love Shack.This is something that I have mixed feelings on as I do like when characters in a series are woven throughout each story. However, there is a fine line between creating a buzz for an upcoming story and giving away too much too soon.

When it came to Jane and Griffin’s story I was never fully invested. I just never really connected with either of them and as a result there were no heart achy moments for me in this story. Everything just seemed a little too predictable. Which is a bit ironic as romances do tend to follow a formula and so there are never really any surprises in a romance novel. I did like the writing and I liked the setting of this story so all was not lost with this book. However, it is not a first choice for me and its probably not one that I’ll ever re-read.

2 Responses to “Review: Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgeway”

  1. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    I’m not a huge fan of having a secondary romances in romance books. I think a lot of times it takes too much away from the main romance and that sounds like that is the case here. Having the first real sex scene happen between the secondary characters is just wrong!

  2. Helen Moulden

    I have to have a heart achey bit in romances that I read too – it’s why I adore the Once More Miranda (and other books) series from Jennifer Wilde. But this one sounds a bit lacklustre.