Book Review: Someone to Care by Mary Balogh

Posted on 16 May 2018

Someone to Care was one of my most-anticipated reads of the year so, I'm sad to say it was disappointing. This story had everything going for it- mature leads, an older heroine, and good side characters- but I felt it didn't do any of those things justice.

There is not enough focus on the romance, which is probably this book's biggest problem. E.g. there are whole chapters in which neither the hero nor heroine appears. After the seventh chapter, they pretty much are never together (romantically) until the last one. I felt a lot of the middle chapters could've been cut as they feature pointless conversations between family members that do nothing to move the story forward. I kept waiting for a spark but it never came. I did finish the book, however, and though it had a happy ending, I wasn't convinced about the compatibility of the leads. It felt very forced because there was nothing to lead up to an HEA.

Overall, this book was very difficult to get through.

 

Rating: ⭐⭐✨

* I received an ARC from the publisher on NetGalley. 

Pros

- Older heroine
- Mature leads (40+)
- Quality of writing

Cons

- Sagging middle
- Not enough romantic scenes
- Lots of chapters that don't move the love story forward
- Too many side-characters that don't add to the story
- No chemistry
- Not enough tension/ conflict

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