Progress: 52 of 355 pages (17%)
I'm finding our titular character, Maggie, both contradictory and stupid. She's also kind of judgmental and a slut-shamer, making some comment about how it's okay to treat one of her co-workers with contempt just because "she's slept with every guy in the office. Even the publisher."
Because she's kind of lonely and looking for a new father for her son, she's considering signing up for a dating service. When prompted, she refuses to join her closest friend/co-worker at a bar or club to meet men, because she believes you only meet dangerous killers and stalkers in those places. She even makes noise about not being able to fit in at a nightclub anyway because she doesn't have any tattoos or body piercings.
She also poo-poos the idea of online dating, because they could attract weirdos or cyber nuts. But she's still so stuck on the dating service idea--an idea she got through an ad she received in the mail, mind you--and thinks this is the best way to meet men with similar goals, ambitions, highly educated, blah, blah, blah...
It takes her friend showing her a live example of how easy it is to lie on these dating service questionnaires, when Maggie decides to stretch the truth of her own survey question responses, for Maggie to realize that her dating service idea isn't any better than the other ones. After all, if she can give a few false responses, so could a bunch of other people. So much for meeting someone highly educated or similarly ambitious or NOT A CREEPY STALKER.
So the two of them agree to meet at a singles chat room that evening to see what it's like.
And then Maggie proceeds to tell everyone in the world about her entire life story, with real names and real incidents and everything. A few pages later, she once again lays out her entire life story to some complete stranger who was in the chat room, who decided to direct e-mail her so that he could become friendlier with her.
Granted, the complete stranger is our hero, Nick Sorenson who is apparently undercover FBI come to keep security surveillance on Maggie...
But who in their right mind gives their entire story, plus real names, real occupation, the works, to a complete stranger you just met in a chat room?!
Brenda Novak is a Romantic Suspense author I've kept on my radar for some time because I've read some of her books, which had readily hooked me in. Some were pretty bad, some were mediocre... but Maggie... this girl is some kind of special.
And I'm already getting tired of her "Oh, I'm not even remotely good looking" off-handed comments, in which her friend Darla has to keep inputting, "Honey, you're gorgeous. You just need to believe it." assurances.
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