Rocklin, CA, United States | Member Since 2004
First let me say that I like this series -- I like the coffee trivia, I like the characters, I enjoy the descriptions of coffee events, the clothes, the chatter, the recipes. I like the characters of Clare and especially of "Madam" -- I can just picture her. Beyond that, I think the plots are interesting and innovative. I like these books.
I've read several of them -- this is the first I've listened to. I probably won't listen to one again -- not the narrator's fault, not at all.
Here's the thing -- for me. I understand some of you out there like and enjoy XXX-rated love scenes, but I don't. When I was reading the books, I'd just skip over it -- didn't read it, wasn't necessary to the plot, didn't bother me a bit, I just flipped past it. But listening, I was forced to sit through it -- hard to skip ahead, on an audiobook.
In this book, there were way too many of those overly sexualized scenes for me -- I just don't appreciate it. I want DEATH! MURDER! Not love - ha!
This one had one really disturbing scene: Clare and her boyfriend are getting friendly, he wanted sex, she said "no" repeatedly, forcefully, several times over. He won't quit, keeps on his mission and of course eventually she relents. But get this: The boyfriend is a police lieutenant. This is disturbing -- we women expect men to respect the word "no". If they don't, charges of rape have been brought. In this case, the guy is a policeman, for crying out loud. He knows the law!
I just don't like it -- I don't suppose men are reading these things, but how can we expect them to respect the word "no" when in fiction, if the man just pushes ahead and succeeds, the woman -- eventually -- will fall all over herself, thinking he's wonderful?
Wrong message, in my opinion.
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