Friday, March 15, 2013

Elizabeth Bevarly - Just Like a Man

Hannah Frost is used to being surrounded by cute, sweet, troublemakers. After all, she's the principle of Indiana's upper class private elementary school, a popular repository for kids who "don't fit in" at public school. But even though she's been single since dinosaurs roamed the earth, what is interesting Hannah these days isn't her worst student's, but his father, Michael.
What she can put her fingers on? Michael Sawyer, aka Raptor, former FBI computer specialist, has a few good ideas. Trouble is, he's too busy trying to save the world--or at least the world's internet connections--from certain doom at the hands of an old enemy, and trying to get his imaginative son back on course at school. But there's always time for a gorgeous, oh-so-prim, slightly mysterious headmistress, isn't there? Michael plans to make time, and do whatever it takes to convince Hannah to do the same.

Comment: This is one of those books I have no idea why it was in my TBR list...really, I must have read something about it somewhere and noted down and got it and it stayed there for ages and now that I picked it up I was left wondering why.
Still, I read it because one less book actually means a win in my book (I'll turn a blind eye to all the ones coming in...).

This book tells us two stories. Hannah and Michael join forces to stop a spy and Thomas and Selby fall in love without knowing it.
Michael is a spy and enrolls his son in a private school where an enemy is posing as a direction member or something. Hannah is the director of the school and she feels attracted to Michael but doesn't think they should and could be together.
Thomas is a millionaire studying to get his high school diploma in order to honor his grandmother's wishes and Selby is the younger woman teaching that class. She wants to save as much as possible to one day travel the world.

I wasn't very impressed with this book or even the writing style. It all felt very aloof and while trying to be funny I didn't think it was that humorous. The way it was written was meant to be light and easy but in the end most parts felt a bit boring and uninteresting.
There are two stories here. Hannah and Michael's was boring and it didn't feel that special to read. Hannah was practical and sweet but I never felt her personality as that captivating and I think she wasn't well explored by the author. Michael is a spy, a single father and attracted to Hannah, who isn't supermodel like, but his way of dealing with things, the whole lighter way of presenting his job as a spy felt a bit stupid, to be honest. I wasn't interested in any of that and frankly I just glimpsed some of the passages when their parts were on.
I liked the second storyline much better. Thomas is getting his high school diploma and his teacher is Selby, she's also a teacher in Hannah's school. I liked this story much more because Selby is a hardworking young woman and she wants to accomplish her goals without interference. She was mocked as child, her family isn't very respected in her small town and she tries her best to save enough to one day travel around the world. Thomas is rich and has a chip on his shoulder because rich girls mocked him when he was young and he now gets revenge on that by being with women who used to be like that in high school and dumping them He feels really attracted to Selby and believing she was like those other girls makes him want to get revenge on her too. However, they start slowly to fall in love while meeting for coffee and talking...I liked this romance, I think it was great and had it been the only one, I'm sure the book would be much better and people would actually like it....Hannah and Michael's story line isn't doing much there, actually.
I just give a positive comment to the book only because of Thomas and Selby's part, because despite the clichés and the could-be-better details, I still think it was way better that the rest. I was quite interesting and couldn't wait to reach their parts. Many things in their romance that are pleasant to my taste.
Still, I'm not convinced to try anything else by this author and I think I'll stay this way.

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