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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Reader's Diary #1895- Elle Wright: Touched By You

When I was a kid, we were lucky enough to be bussed home for lunch. However, I was also unlucky enough that I lived at the very end of the bus line and had roughly 20 minutes to gulp something down and take off again. But, if we were fast enough to run to down the hill from the bus stop and could shave off a few minutes, we had saved enough time to catch the first 10 minutes or so of Young and the Restless. Yes, we were a soap watching family and more than any others Y and R was where our loyalties lay. To this day, I still remember a bizarre amount of trivia about the Chancellors, the Newmans, and the Abbotts, and I haven't watched it in a million years.

I also haven't read a romance novel in a million years, and quite frankly, I don't think I've read any more than two or three prior to Elle Wright's Touched By You that could really be classified as such. But I was in the mood to try something outside of my wheelhouse and Wright's novel of Brooklyn, a daughter of a villainous tycoon, meeting and falling in love with Carter, a grief stricken widower, fit the bill quite nicely. It also reminded me of what I liked about Young and the Restless back in the day.

Sure there are some dubious plausibility issues. Brooklyn's father is an over-the-top moustache twirler and the first couple of times the two lovers meet, Brooklyn literally falls into Carter and it's cliched to the point of annoying. However, Wright does develop the couple sufficiently to make their motivations believable and I found myself rooting for them. Plus, the pacing was excellent. Of course, with a romance novel, I, as I suspect most readers of the genre do, was waiting impatiently for the big lusty moment of consummation. But Wright taunts it just enough. These scenes don't take over the romance but certainly are appreciated when they finally arrive.

Ultimately, it was an entertaining diversion with some glimpses of real human emotion and a happy ending. Just what I was looking for.

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