Whiskey Beach, Nora Roberts

Whiskey Beach opening line: Through the chilly curtain of sleet, in the intermittent wash of the great light on the jutting cliff to the south, the massive silhouette of Bluff House loomed over Whiskey Beach.

Whiskey Beach

Whiskey Beach

I think I have an obsession with Nora Roberts’ books. This is the 42nd one I have read. Part of my obsession has to do with the fact that her books are very predictable and I think they follow a set pattern. I will explore this further when next I get a Nora Roberts book to review.

Nora Roberts knows how to set the scene from her first words, and in Whiskey Beach the house is central to the story. This is a love story interwoven with a murder mystery and in Chapter 1 Eli, the accused meets Abra, the woman who will save him. It takes them until chapter 9 to kiss after an argument and another 4 chapters before they have wild, passionate sex. Nora Roberts’s sex scenes are descriptive and plentiful, in all of her books. In chapter 24 Abra realizes she is in love with Eli but only tells him in Chapter 27. Of course, it takes Eli – a typical male – a whole chapter to realize that he too is in love with Abra. This book, like all the others I have read ends with a marriage proposal.

Whiskey Beach is not just a love story, and if you can get over the formula feel that her books exude, I think this is a good read. It is a light hearted romance with a decent mystery story to go with it. It made for very light easy reading.

First published in Great British in 2013 by Piatkus.

ISBN 978-0-7499-5813-8.

Paperback. 484 pages.

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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  1. Absolutely agree with you, Tandy, though I have not read 42 (!) books by her, looking forward to what you will further explore. There are so many authors with the same predictability and “formula feeling” (Sandra Brown, James Patterson with his many co-authors, Jojo Moyes et al.) and yet I enjoy reading their products. I am a real sucker for light reading …

    And the opening line is great after all, is it not?

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