Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Fever in the Blood by Anne Mather

Cass fled to Italy, and to Ben.

He was the one person in the world who could help her. And help she desperately needed.

So it was a shock to find that she'd only added to her problems instead of solving them. She was a grown woman now. She had four years of marriage and a great many daunting experiences behind her. And yet the attraction between them flared up again

It was an attractio that had to be denied at all costs - because there was just no way that Ben and Cassandra could be happy together.

Reviewer: QueenBee
I'm a fan of Anne Mather but this book had me comparing it to the movie Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone. There the main character Cher had a relationship with her (former) step-sibling and here we have the same. Cass and Ben are half-siblings who were close until four years ago, the last summer they spent together. That summer Cass had become a woman and shared a kiss that set off a series of unpleasant events. Now Cass is back in Ben’s life after running away from her abusive husband whom she married on the rebound after she went back to her family.

From the first page when Cass appears at Ben’s apartment the tension in the room is so obvious it made me acutely uncomfortable. The characters behave in such a manner that makes you scream incest, especially when they become romantically involved. For the rest of the novel the relationship that never was supposed to be is treated like it’s perfectly normal in their eyes. Yet only Ben’s mother, who discovered them the first time when they kissed and sent Cass packing four years ago, makes a fuss.

When we are confronted with the truth it was too late for me to change my opinion. There were hints about it in the blurb but the author waited too long with her great revelation. I have to give it half a star - it's probably the worst Harlequin I've ever read. The relationship the way it was described and the plot both made me cringe. Anne Mather usually writes better than this.

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