Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Maggie's Man by Lisa Gardner

Author: Lisa Gardner writing as Alicia Scott
First published in 1997by Silhouette

When shy and reserved Maggie Ferringer was called for jury duty, she never expected to be kidnapped by an escaped convict. But when Cain Cannon, disguised as a prison guard, pulls a gun, she has no choice but to be taken hostage. Cain claims that he’s innocent of killing his girlfriend six years ago and now he wants revenge on the people who put him behind bars.

Soon, Maggie becomes more than just a hostage to Cain. As they slowly begin to share the secrets of their respective pasts, Maggie discovers that she wants to fight for Cain’s freedom—because he just might be the kind of man she could love.

 If you can ignore the horrible dialogue and the unlikable heroine, this actually wasn't a bad story.  The biggest problem I had with this one was the heroine.  Maggie was so annoying.  She was the definition of a Mary Sue Sunshine.  While I'm all for optimism, she went a bit overboard.  She was just ridiculous.  For example, she is being kidnapped, yet she argues with Cain about stealing a van because it might belong to someone who really needs it.  That is just one example of her cluelessness.  There are multiple examples, believe me I could go on.  I did like Cain.  I felt really bad for his situation.    He was actually a nice guy who had a crappy and bizarre upbringing.  He lost 6 years of his life for a crime he didn't commit.  I think if this had been a straight mystery/thriller it would have been a better book.  The romance part just really didn't work for me.    Maybe I'll try one of her later books instead.

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