Underfoot (Bellagio #2)by Published 28 Feb 2006
|Underfoot (Bellagio #2).pdf|
Bellagio, Inc. public relations genius Trina Roberts had been a bad, bad girl when she'd gone to bed with a recently jilted groom and wound up pregnant. She knew Walker Gordon wasn't looking for forever—at least not with her. So when he took a job overseas, she sort of neglected to tell him about the baby on the way.
Well, now he's back . . . and he's just figured out the truth.
Walker had been reeling from a very public breakup when Trina had offered solace he couldn't deny. He'd never expected the result would make him somebody's daddy! Trina claimed not to need anything from him, but he was determined that his child have a father; he just didn't know if it should be him. Because a father's shoes . . . well, those he wasn't sure he could fill.
Underfoot (Bellagio #2) Reviews
I was not impressed with this book. As a former single parent, I only wish that it was so easy to get back together with your former fling. In addition, it seemed like all that drew these two back together was their sex life. Sadly, there is more to life than sex.
I really enjoyed this book from the very beginning to the very end. I laughed so hard during the birth section, one of the funniest things I have read. I will be looking for more from this author in the future.
This is second in a series, though Banks takes pains to keep this one understandable if you haven't read the first. I'd still recommend reading in order as the characters from the first book are present enough that knowing their backgrounds is a definite enhancement.
Plus, the first book is way, way better. I liked both protagonists nearly as much as those from the first book. And they belong together as much. But this book suffers a monster case of negative motivation* and that screws up so much of the story that it was hard for me to engage.
It doesn't help, of course, that the motivation is stupid as well as negative. I mean, Walker believes that the men in his family just suck at families. Like it's some predestined, genetic heritage that they'll leave devastated women and children behind because that's the family history he knows about. He doesn't apply that same logic to them being shiftless rednecks unwilling to do an honest day's labor. He's perfectly fine with breaking that mold. But no, the family thing, that's just magical destiny and can't be broken.
So it's completely stupid and it grated on me and since that was central to his entire dealings with women it was impossible to edit that in my head and have anything left to build on. And what really sucks about it is that it put a barrier between him and Trina that prevented real intimacy. And frankly, I was a bit pissed at Trina for allowing as much intimacy as she did without him disavowing in even small ways his previous statements about children and family.
So I had a hard time with the relationship. And that pushed me out of the story enough that I had a hard time taking it seriously as anything but a dopey romance. I liked both leads. I really did. But this problem was often present and that made it hard. It's like if your friend had a really loud barky dog that insisted on biting you every time you came over. You like being with the friend, but it's kind of hard to look forward to visiting...
Anyway, I kept going because it was a lazy Sunday and I was in a comfy room with few distractions and nothing better to do. That makes this a two-star read for me, I think.
A note about Steamy: There are a lot of pieces of explicit sex scenes. It adds up to the middle of my steam tolerance, but the count gets mushy because of the diverse and scattered way they were presented (mostly as memories of the first time that got Trina in trouble with both reviewing things that happened in different ways).
* Negative Motivations: I kind of hate that the term "negative motivation" isn't widespread, yet. Since it isn't, I'm going to save off this little jag to append to my reviews that feature the term. Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back and it changed how I understand story. The problem with the term is that if you've never heard it before, you'd assume it meant motivations that are harmful or immoral. Not so. What it refers to is motivations not to do something. The thing is that many of us are motivated to not do things for a lot of different, perfectly valid and reasonable, reasons. The problem is that in a story motivations to not do things are a huge drag on the plot—particularly considering the fact that most negative motivations are overcome by the character simply deciding they don't care any more (or, rather, that they do care and are now motivated to do the thing). So not only do you have a counter to action but you also have a situation where to overcome it, all a character has to do is change their mind. Which means eventually, the reader is rooting for the character to get over him/herself already and do the thing we want them to do. Conflict drives story. Conflict between a reader and a main character drives readers away from story.
Good Read. Single unwed mom story with a fun twist. We first saw Walker Gordon in book 1. We didn’t see much of him, but enough to feel sorry for him. The story picks up where Walker left off in the previous book. We saw some of Trina as well, although she didn’t have much characterization in book 1. I felt like I knew them well enough so more character development wasn’t necessary.
The story didn't line up with the heroes character. [spoilers removed] I just couldn't image it. That’s my only complaint about this story. Otherwise, it was a quick and entertaining read!
It Was Just Okay. I Have Read Better.