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It was ok, but not one of my very favorites.
on July 3, 2003
I read this book before "Then came you", I didn't know it was a sequel. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the books in order.
For one thing, it took me a while to warm up to Derek's character. I know this is somewhat prejudicial, but I was a little put off by the way he talks and a little shocked by the things he had done in his past. I know those details make the character more real,and in any case, I shouldn't hold it against him because he was forced by circumstances. In the end I got to admire him for this, but admitedly, he is not your usual romance novel hero.
Another thing that bothered me a little was the way Sara acts. One day her only interest in Derek is to research his club for her novel. The next day she is trying to seduce him and willing to throw away everything and surrender her virginity to him. Then she goes back to her village and intends to go on with her previous life and her moron of a fiance. But when she learns that Derek is in love with her, and later when she meets him again, suddenly, she is in love with him and wants to marry him. I think the development of their relationship was a little rushed and not very well explained. It didn't seem to me that Sara missed Derek very much while she was away, after all she didn't expect to see him ever again, and wasn't terribly devastated by that fact.
But after their re-encounter in Lily's house, I started to enjoy the book more, I think that's where the story really took off (too bad this doesn't happen until about half of the book) and towards the end, I really loved the story.
All in all, the book is a good read, but make sure you read "Then Came You" first.