Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Loving Jack by Nora Roberts

Author: Nora Roberts
First published in 1989 by Silhouette

Author Jackie “Jack” MacNamara is a little in love with her own hero: a brooding Old West cowboy who lives by the gun. That’s why she can’t understand her reaction to buttoned-down, real-life architect Nathan Powell. Thrown together under the same roof, they vow to respect each other’s privacy, which should be easy for the mismatched couple. Only fate is writing the plot to this story—and throwing in all kinds of unpredictable twists and turns… 

It isn't often that this author writes an annoying character, but in this early work , she has created a big one in Jackie (Jack).  Loving Jack is the first in a duology.  Jackie, a.k.a Jack, is an aspiring writer who is duped into subletting a house by her con artist cousin.  The problem comes when the owner, Nathan, comes home early.  He definitely doesn't want a house guest.

The thing about this book that bugged me was Jack. She was just really annoyingly optimistic and a bit of a con artist herself.  She didn't have a legal sublease and should have moved out when Nathan came home, but she instead worms her way in and talks Nathan into letting her stay.  Then she decides she loves him and they should be together forever.  Nathan keeps telling her he doesn't want to get involved at all.  Take a hint!  In the end, I had to wonder if he fell for her for real, or if she just wore him down. 

While this one had a cute ending, it wasn't the best early work by Ms. Roberts.  Something that should be noted is that the book Lawless by Ms. Roberts is the book that Jack was writing in this one.  That was a cool idea.  Hopefully the female lead in Lawless isn't as annoying.  Come back next week when I review Best Laid Plans, the sequel.

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