I will admit to not really knowing much about reviewing. Not much at all. And this is going to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt by the following two sentences... One thing that always strikes me when I read book reviews is this phrase 'show not tell'. But what does it mean?
Earlier this week I finished reading A Fostered Love (Cameron Dane). Something that frustrated me with this book (and if I'm honest with a number of other books) is the lack of a why... If I'm reading a romance then I assume that the main characters will fall in love. Often they will say they are in love...or think it. But very rarely do we ever know the why - why have they fallen in love? I'm not expecting a bulleted list (although considering my OCD tendencies I wouldn't say no *grin*), but just an inkling of some sort. Or is love completely indescribable? Without an attempt at the why I feel...unfulfilled WRT the emotional connection between the characters. Interestingly, I read an Amazon review that compared A Fostered Love with one of my 'speak to me' keeper book - By Degrees (JB MacDonald). And yet I found them completely different. In By Degrees the why...while not explicitly stated...is vividly portrayed. And the love between the main characters feels...real...centred. Perhaps because it develops slowly, over months, and wasn't...condensed. (I must confess to not being a fan of condensed love...does that even make sense?)
I had another issue with A Fostered Love - the sex scenes. I actually wanted less of them! They felt...mechanical in a way, a step-by-step guide - I really missed the emotional connection between the characters. For me that's the most important thing in a sex scene. The characters don't have to say it, but I want to feel that love within the physical act. And in A Fostered Love it just felt like it was missing. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed A Fostered Love (and am looking forward to the sequel). I just...couldn't put my finger on the problem until now. I want to see the falling-in-love process, not suddenly have it presented to me - all wrapped up in a big shiny bow. Isn't half the fun of a present unwrapping it...trying to work out what it is, rather than just seeing it? The anticipation? Or maybe that's just me...
Apologies if I rambled incoherently... Then again, you may be used to it by now *grin*