Friday, January 11, 2013

Rum Punch Regrets by Anne Kemp

2.5 Star

In just a few short weeks, thirty something Abby George has endured the death of her mother, was dumped by her fiancé, and got laid off from her job.

Stunned and seeking a shoulder to cry on, she turns to her perfect older sister, Leigh. But instead of comfort, Abby receives a surprise: Leigh needs her in the Caribbean to help with some mysterious personal business.

While assisting in the sale and repair of a bed-and-breakfast, Abby uncovers a few huge family secrets as she juggles an unexpected roommate, quirky locals, and nasty centipedes.  Abby's world is further complicated when two potential suitors enter her life. Can Abby get beyond her own pyscho drama long enough to open her heart to someone new? Or will she neurotically make her romantic life worse?

Packing nothing but her suitcases and a sense of humor, Abby George travels down an unfamiliar road, but it's all she can do to hang on for the ride...Or will she wake up with "Rum Punch Regrets?" 

Sabrina-Kate - 2.5 Star

This is another book that I really wanted to like. I had read the synopsis and enjoyed what it was to be about but every time I picked it up and tried to read it, I failed miserably to get into the story. Finally I knuckled down and read the book. I did read it in one day but probably because I have a personal challenge to read a book a day, not necessarily because Rum Punch Regrets enthralled me because it didn't. It also followed several fabulous books I had just finished which might not have helped.

The story line was okay and I can see that Kemp has the potential for better things, which just served to frustrate me as I found a lot of the book unnecessarily rushed or lacking in detail. The ending being the worst of this but I hold out hope that it is due to an intended sequel.

I also found that I could predict a lot of the upcoming things that were about to happen in the story which also took away from my enjoyment of the book. The story gets kind of flat and cumbersome for me due to that fact I like for authors to shock me or at least keep me guessing.

I can't say that I would recommend Rum Punch Regrets. There are definitely many reasons why I found it difficult to get into and to appreciate. Unfortunately I am pretty sure that this is a book that will quickly fade in my memory.

Thank you to Premier Digital Publishing for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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