As you can see from the composition of my reviews, I’m a big fan of romance. So, when I saw this beautiful cover and somewhat provocative title, I grabbed it and tossed it into my cart at Kroger (my local store has a surprisingly substantial book and magazine department). Especially since it’s a Jane Feather novel (I’ve read several of her books in the past).
Unfortunately, Trapped at the Altar falls short of many of Jane’s past efforts. It seems almost as if she came up with the title, attempted to write a book based on it, then realized that the title wouldn’t support a 400 page novel. Perhaps the premise would have been saved had the novel been much shorter. It felt like Jane was trying to stretch the story in order to fill a publisher-determined word count. The result was a disjointed, almost schizophrenic story with a great deal of unnecessary activity, and not enough of forward momentum.
On a more positive note, I did like the two main characters, although their names (Ariadne and Ivor) were somewhat ridiculous. They’re both very down to earth, loyal, interesting, and sympathetic. When put in an untenable situation, they make the best of it, often succeeding beyond all expectations. All expectations apart from the romance. The sex scenes were ridiculously short, and made use of the anatomically correct term for the male parts (complete turnoff). And I never got a true feeling that the two were in deep love with one another, nor had any passion. There was too much of the story committed to the superfluous, to the detriment of the romance.
I am always uncomfortable when I give more than one Leave It rating in a row, but I must on this occasion. Still love you, Jane.