I read a lot of reviews that said this book was boring because it had no angst. I thought, “Great! I hate angst, so this book should be perfect for me!” I’m sad to say that this book was indeed, very boring. I loved the short story McNaught wrote as a prelude to this book, called Double Exposure. However, Diana and Cole seem to have no personality.
McNaught tries to make Diana perfect in every way. She even makes Diana belittle her own accomplishments in an attempt to make her look really humble. That doesn’t match the image of Diana being a powerful CEO. You can’t have confidence in your product, and in your company, if you don’t have confidence in yourself. In other words, McNaught has Diana putting herself down all the time for not being able to predict the future. She complains that she’s not really smart because she only made millions of dollars, had she been smarter, she would have doubled or tripled her money.
Cole has a tortured past, and you think McNaught is going to explore this, then, suddenly, Diana walks in the room and the subject is completely dropped. You are left going, “Huh”, while scratching your head. One minute he is telling himself he doesn’t deserve her, and is probably the root of all her problems, then the next page she shows up and he wants her in his life forever.
Most of the time I didn’t realize I was reading a novel, I thought I was reading the annual report for Martha Stewart Living. It was obvious that this was McNaught’s inspiration, and she didn’t even bother to come up with a new name for the fictional magazine. She named it Fosters’ Beautiful Living. Why she spends pages explaining the demographics of the people who buy the magazine is beyond me. McNaught goes into every aspect of this fictional empire, yet it is Cole’s company, and business practices, that plays a major part in the end of the book.
I usually finish a book in one night. This book took me 12 weeks, because I had no desire to find out what would happen next.
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