Illustrator: Ed Tadiello
Imprint or Line: Harlequin Presents #1614
Published by: Harlequin, Mills & Boon
Genres: Category Romance, Contemporary Romance
Buy on: Amazon, AbeBooks
Reviewed by: Introvert Reader
I was unfortunately underwhelmed with Asking for Trouble by Australian romance author Miranda Lee. This is unusual, as she’s a reliable favorite.
The problem with reading a much-beloved author almost 50 times is that their books begin to blend together. Plotlines get replayed. And replayed. And replayed.
In Asking for Trouble, we see a familiar Lee storyline. We have a sexually inexperienced woman who ironically looks like sex on legs. Then there’s the hero who’s been burned in the past by a bad relationship and is unwilling to commit.
I don’t know if this is the fourth or fifth book where the couple watches the film Out of Africa on a romantic date.
After a few passionate nights of sex, the heroine Sirena gets pregnant, and that magically solves all their problems.
Of course, this is a Harlequin Presents, so it’s all par for the course. But when it’s the same story over and over, I wonder if I should take a break from reading a particular writer.
At least for a while, so that when I read a new book by them, I’d appreciate it more.
Final Analysis of Asking for Trouble
If I had read Asking For Trouble ten years ago, this would have been new and exciting to me, maybe meriting a 4-star rating.
This isn’t a bad book, but I’ve read at least a dozen better variations of the same exact story, just with different character names and descriptions. I didn’t enjoy it as much this time around as previously.
Sorry, Asking For Trouble, it’s not you; it’s me.
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The real thing
Serina hasn’t seen Aaron Kingsley for eleven years, but she hasn’t forgotten him. When they meet again, it’s clear that what had begun as a schoolgirl crush has blossomed into a mature adult love. He shares the attraction, but all he’s offering her now is a temporary, going-nowhere affair.
What angers her most is that she’s tempted to agree. She’s not about to turn her back on a chance to make her dreams come true. Unfortunately, a man poisoned by a bad marriage hardly makes the perfect Prince Charming.ASKING FOR TROUBLE by MIRANDA LEE