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10/10 Review (because insight is a gift) by Michelle Smart
As the lovely and talented Incy has given me carte blanch to do whatever I like on her blog today, I thought I would do what no one else has yet had the chance to do – review my book.
In the interests of impartiality, I will, of course, review this book in the objective fashion all good readers would expect.
Tempted by Trouble has future Pulitzer Prize winner written all over it. Alice Walker, John Updike, Philip Roth and Cormac McCarthy can all move over – there’s a new literary genius on the scene. And, unlike those often bleak books with endings full of despair (yes, McCarthy, I’m looking at you), this book has a GUARANTEED happy ending (sorry, spoiler).
Where 2012 was the year of Hilary Mantel and the marvellous Bring Up the Bodies, 2013 will be the year of Michelle Smart and Tempted by Trouble. Where Mantel’s book charted the role of Thomas Cromwell in the downfall of Anne Boleyn, Tempted by Trouble charts the havoc that troubled socialite Pippa Rowantree causes for the reclusive billionaire, Marco Capello. Even better, where Bring Up the Bodies is set in the dreary Middle-Ages, Tempted by Trouble is set in the Caribbean! Yes, this book is full of sun, sea and emotional conflict aplenty. What more could you ask for?
Yes, Tempted by Trouble is that good. Honest. So good in fact, I’m going to give it a maximum 10/10, five gold stars and an A+.
See. I told you I would be impartial.
“Excuse me, buster, but I think you’ll find we both lost control. The only difference is I’m not the one making excuses for it. We’re both adults. What happened between us was inevitable—it has been since the day I arrived here.”
He raked a hand through his hair, trying to think of the right words to explain everything that was simmering within him.
She was right. It had been inevitable since the moment he had stood before her at the airport parking lot and been consumed with a hunger that refused to be sated. “All I’m saying is that nothing can come of this. My position hasn’t changed. There is no future for you and me.”
“Of course there isn’t,” she said. “How could there ever be a future for us when you refuse to let go of the past?”
His hands balled into fists, the acid in his guts bubbling. “It’s not a simple case of letting go. I can’t forget what you are.”
“Will you get over yourself!”
The loud shrillness of her tone jolted them both but did nothing to stop her from slipping off the Steinway and rising in front of him.
“For a start, Mr. Ego,” she said, prodding a slim finger into his chest, “I do not recall asking for a future with you. For another, I am not the screwed-up teenager you remember or the tarty ‘It Girl’ who caused so much destruction. Not anymore. I have spent the past five years trying to make something of my life…”
“Make something of your life? You call working stupid hours serving food making something of your life? When you’ve got a God-given talent you’re hiding away from the world?”
“Don’t you dare put down my job. It might not be glamorous, but it’s honest work.”
“At least there is something honest about you.” It was a low blow and he regretted it the second the words left his mouth.
“How dare you?” she seethed, jabbing harder at his chest, her blue eyes ablaze. “I know I was a rude, drunken, spoiled brat and believe me, I am sorry for the harm I caused. But I am not that person anymore. If I could make amends with you then I would, gladly. Just tell me what I can do to put things right. In the meantime, I would thank you not to keep throwing my past in my face like you promised you would. I can’t change it and no amount of sniping from you is going to change it either. Get over it.”
...And that is it, a wonderful introduction to Michelle Smart, whom I would like to thank for being gracious enough to grace my blog with her modesty and talent. I'm just going to repeat the title of her book one more time 'Tempted by Trouble'. Cheers Michelle!