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There are some elements that I find unforgivable in a mystery. This one had just about all of them. I have a policy -- I don't care how far along I am in a book, if the villain ends up getting a long, drawn out scene during which they haughtily explain their entire crime, motives and methods whilst giving the captured hero/heroine time to stall for an escape, I will immediately stop reading. That's one of the most cliche', cheesy, overused devices a mystery writer can use.
I'm no prude. But I hate when my mysteries are interrupted by 20 minute long, horribly described sex scenes, of which there were at least 3. Waste of my time. If I wanted to hear about her huskily whispering his name while he thrusts, I'd go get a Romance novel or watch a porno. Poorly written overkill, most of which is irrelevant to the plot. Just the reader know where it's headed and let them imagine the rest. I don't need to know that it sent him over the edge to **** inside her, thanks.
The overt misdirection in order to force uninspired twists is another tactic that irks me. The author beats you over the head with transparent attempts to throw you off the scent, only to later get to the big reveal that is so lackluster that it's laughable. And she does it over and over. She uses totally unbelievable dialogue in order to set these twists up, so it's pretty obvious what she's trying to do. Lazy, sloppy and flat out cringeworthy.
Those are just the 3 worst things about the book. I will not be reading another of hers. Too formulaic.
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What did you like best about Mean Streak? What did you like least?
The book moves at a good pace and the narration is excellent but at the end of the day this is a romance novel with contrived conflict.
Would you be willing to try another book from Sandra Brown? Why or why not?
I really enjoyed Lethal and I have read 2 other SB books. Lethal is, by far, the best of the 4. All the others are just OK. The characters are cliche and the story line predictable. I'm probably done with Sandra Brown.
What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Jonathan Davis is an excellent narrator and could make any book worth listening to.
Was Mean Streak worth the listening time?
It was a fine light read. For me it's mindless beach reading. Read it, be entertained and then move on. Nothing deep going on in this book.
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