Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Throwbacks by Stephanie Queen

Title:  The Throwbacks
Author: Stephanie Queen
My Rating: C

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Scotland Yard Exchange Program #1
Main Characters: Grace and David
Release Date: December 2011
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
She’s a vivacious, light-hearted young beauty from Beacon Hill
He’s a world-weary not-so-young exile from Scotland Yard.
She’s an orphaned decorator who longs for a family of her own.
He’s a rogue detective with a superhero complex.
She’s smitten with this superhero who is the last man she sees in the picket-fence picture of her future.

He’s smitten with this fluffy young romantic who he sees as kryptonite to his career and well being.
But if you saw Grace and David in a room full of people, and you had to pick one man and one woman who belonged together, you would pick them. They would be The Throwbacks.

Vivacious young decorator Grace Rogers sets her sights for that picket-fence life she longs for with the unlikely world-weary British exile, the not-so-young David Young. The ex-Scotland Yard detective joins the Boston Police Department to salvage his career. He hires Grace to decorate his Beacon Hill townhouse to salvage his life.
But this rogue detective’s plans for a new beginning are threatened when he can’t resist the seemingly unseemly romance with his too-young bombshell decorator. Grace turns out to be a key witness in his high-stakes kidnapping case--and like Kryptonite to his career and his well-being with her romantic notions of family life.

David put his life on the line to save her from the kidnappers, but now is Grace willing to put her dreams on the line to save her real-life superhero from himself?

My Review:
I'll admit right up front that the style of this book was not something I necessarily enjoyed. This is a quirky book done in the style of a 50's movie. Tons of flirty banter. An upstanding British detective who always is serious and looks the part...impeccably tailored at all times. A flighty heroine who is always happy despite her circumstances. He's the police detective. She's the interior decorator. They have instant magic despite their 20 year age difference (he's 50, she's 30.) It completely reminded me of the old Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies...and ironically even talked about my favorite one, Pillow Talk, in the book.

Honestly, if this had been a movie, I think I would have loved it. But to read it as a book, the pace just didn't translate as well as it would across the screen. And that makes me sad because I love those old movies. I wanted to enjoy this book that way. I think if I read more of these style of books, I could have enjoyed it more, because there was absolutely nothing wrong with this book. It was light and fluffy and could have been a lot of fun. It just wasn't for me.

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