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Lead character too hard to stomach
Reviewed in Australia on 4 September 2015
I feel mean giving this well written book three stars but I had a lot of problems liking the lead female character.
The setting is a future Earth where men outnumber the women ten to one and it is impossible to have a relationship or children. Faye saves up to join an intergalactic matchmaking campaign and chooses a planet where the men are good looking. On arrival she is required to choose one of the men standing in an arena. For various financial reasons she chooses a man who looks different to the rest and who is about to give up in despair of ever being chosen.
So far so good, in fact an excellent engaging book that if it ended there I would have given it five stars.
Soon after settling into a living new relationship Faye commits repeated acts of extreme foolishness or treachery that lost me. Later she suffers terribly and I guess this is meant to redeem but I just didn't find it in me to like her or care what she went through. Her relationship is very shallow and her motives childish. I love faulty heroines but silly ones not so much.
Despite this the worlds the author builds are very believable. I think Michelle Howard is a highly talented author. She just lost me on this one.