Heroes Are My Weakness
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Summary (from the publisher): The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A sinister house looming over the sea ...
He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.
But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.
It's going to be a long, hot winter.
Review: Just like her last two new releases, this book didn't live up to Phillips' usual high standards for contemporary romance. The beginning was difficult to get into, especially because most of the conversations occurred between Annie and the puppet voices in her head, which almost made me put the book down several times. More importantly, though, Annie is convinced that Theo once tried to kill her, and yet she finds herself having romantic feelings for him? Completely unbelievable. Plus, the summary hints at a huge gothic mystery suspense, and I figured out right away what the twist was going to be. The last half was much better, especially once Theo and Annie start talking more and sharing secrets from their pasts.
Rating: 3 stars