Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Review: Aching for Always by Gwyn Cready

Aching for Always by Gwyn Cready
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (September 28, 2010)
Amazon Description:

RITA Award–winning author Gwyn Cready continues the “sexy fun” (BookPage) of her charming time-travel adventures with a high-spirited tale of a modern-day mapmaker and the eighteenth-century English navy captain she can’t resist.

Ambitious and feisty Josephine “Joss” O’Malley has spent years fighting to keep her mother’s map-making company alive. Just when she finds herself considering taking a risky next step with bad-boy entrepreneur Rogan Reynolds— whose generosity has helped keep the business afloat—Joss meets dark and mysterious Hugh Hawksmoor. Hugh’s deft touch and old-world seduction stir Joss’s desires like a storm at sea, and she has no clue that he has sailed three hundred years into the future to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of her father. Or that she holds the key to a map that will help him undo the destructive changes her father wrought in the past. When Hugh lures Joss into a treacherous journey through time, there’s not a twenty-first-century trick that can save her. But when she applies her own instincts to a course she thought was set, she discovers that the high seas hold some scandalous surprises. ******************************

The idea of this book is a good one...time traveling to right wrongs, find treasure, fall in love, etc. The beginning of the book was intriguing and I was hooked, however things went downhill from there. I felt like the relationship between Hugh and Joss was kind of annoying. It was back and forth between them being angry with each other which grated on my nerves but what really took the cake for me was when Hugh was mad at Joss about something but then she told him she was a virgin (which was unrelated to why he was mad) and all of a sudden he forgives her. REALLY!?! I was put off by that. Their relationship did not seem to be a very healthy one.
Another problem I had was the whole issue with Rogan, Joss' fiance. His motives are so vague and it seems like his part was just slapped into the story without much thought or care. Maybe if some more back story about his motives was given then it would be more believable.
I had high hopes for enjoying this story but it fell short. It wasn't a terrible book, it was just okay...the kind of book to read when you want something light and frivolous.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions expressed are my own.



Elizabeth said...

Stopping by from Cym Lowell's Book Party..first-time visitor.

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i have this one waiting to be read on my shelf. thanks for the honest review, i'm sorry you didn't enjoy it more :(

Audra said...

Oh, boo -- as I started to read the description, I got all excited about it! Now...hrm. Thanks for being truthful!

(And randomly, boo!)