February 11, 2013
book review: love at 11
The long-suffering producer of a local TV news show in San Diego, Maddy has the chance to finally sink her teeth into some serious stories when she is added to an investigative journalism team. Though she still has to cover some of the more far-fetched stories that will look good to advertisers, she also has the opportunity to dig deep.
At the same time she is partnered with a sexy new videographer. Even though Jamie is off the market, Maddy cannot seem to help herself when it comes to wanting him. In addition to a forbidden romance complicating her life, she must also deal with the ramifications of her family falling apart. When he work and professional life come crashing together, she must find a way to find a resolution to both.
As an ex-journalist (a loose term, I only worked in newspapers for two-and-a-half years), there are few things I love more than a good story about a journalist getting into the nitty gritty. Add in the mystery and intrigue that comes from the main character cracking a major case, and I was gripped.
Though I do not know much about broadcast journalist, all of the issues were relatable. Journalism is a changed industry where finding advertisers often matters more than breaking good stories.
Even non-journalists should be able to relate to Maddy's key issue: She has bigger aspirations for her career than her current life will allow. She is a somewhat flawed character, but one who recognizes and owns up to those flaws, which makes them almost disappear in the eye of the reader.
The trouble in Maddy's family life blended well with the major story she was focused on covering, particularly in regards to her little sister. The drama that came from her parents provided an interesting and adequately complicated catalyst to spur the major tension forward.
(I'm speaking in riddles here, because I do not want to spoil this part of the story.)
The romance in this story was sweet, but as complicated as the rest of Maddie's world. Her chemistry with Jamie was obvious from the get-go. And there were several moments that had me audibly echoing Maddie's own, "Oh my Gods" as I wondered how these two kids were going to get together.
A fast-paced read that had me turning the pages, Love at 11 was a fantastic blend of intrigue, romance and entertainment that pushed me to the end, which tied up nice and neat.
Rating: 4.5 of 5
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