>> Monday, April 28, 2003
I read Suzanne Brockmann's Time Enough For Love on the bus on my way to Punta del Este on Saturday. It's only 212 pages long, so the 2 hours 10 minutes trip was just long enough. I finished it a couple of blocks before I had to get off the bus.
The sinfully handsome stranger kept calling out her name, but how could Maggie Winthrop believe the wild things he told her -- especially when he stood naked outside her back door? Chuck Della Croce knew his story about coming back from the future to prevent a disaster and save her life sounded crazy, but the attraction that sparked between him gave him hope. Would sharing his secrets and getting it right this time alter fate?Now, time-travels are not my thing, usually. I find it hard to suspend disbelief (it doesn't help that the logistics of the time-travel itself are often really lame) and I find the whole "if I do this it'll change the future this way, and so and so will disappear, and..." tiresome to figure out and usually illogical anyway. But... this one's a Suzanne Brockmann (and a loan from María Inés!), so I tried it.
Daring to test the boundaries of reality when it comes to true love, Suzanne Brockmann persuades us to accept that anything is possible! Destiny had given him a second chance to win the woman whoâ€ï?½d haunted his dreams, but was there time to make her understand that loving her always wouldnâ€ï?½t be long enough?
It started so-so, but I ended up loving it. Yeah, it still had all that tiresome speculation, but I cared so much about the characters that it didn't bother me all that much. Chuck, Charles, Charlie, whatever, was a great character (characters?) and Maggie was pretty kick-ass. I loved their relationship and all that emotion. Also, though it felt a bit weird to have Maggie making love with 2 guys, it was a good kind of weird, since Brockmann did convince me that it was really the same guy.
Oh, and Brockmann writes the best love scenes. All that emotion I just mentioned, you see? Her love scenes are not just descriptions of the mechanics of love-making. We see exactly what her characters are feeling, and since they are almost always overcome by strong emotions, the scenes turn out to be steamy.
Worst thing: the terrorist plot thingie, with an organization named Wizard-9! Best thing: the ending, especially the last scene. It was a surprise, in a way, and I loved it. I would have been happy enough without it, but it was the cherry on the cake. I was really fond of Chuck!
PS - Liked how the cover actually represented a scene from the book, down to their clothes and the cactus on the table.