Book Review: Not Even If You Begged
by Francis Ray
Publication Date: Jan 22, 2008
List Price: $21.99 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 320
Imprint: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
Book Reviewed by Idrissa Uqdah
Love The Second Time Around
Francis Ray has written more than twenty novels in the romance genre and has been one of the top romance authors for most of her career. In her latest release, Not Even If You Begged, readers are treated to an erotic tale of love between two opposites who find themselves attracted despite themselves.
Young widow Traci Evans is a woman filled with pain having discovered that her late husband died while cheating on her with another woman. She is befriended by The Invincible Sisterhood, a group of older widows. She welcomes the friendship yet, feels like a fish-out-of-water among these women who have sweet memories to share of loving, committed husbands. Her husband's betrayal has made Traci a bitter woman and nothing seems to help the young widow find her way out of her misery.
Although romance novels are not this reviewer's genre of choice, I have been known to enjoy a good love story every now and then. Not Even If You Begged is one of those times. Francis Ray has written a story that showcases her talents very well. It's a smooth read. The characters find their way into your heart and there they stay. Although the main characters are Traci and her next-door neighbor and friend Maureen, the women of The Invincible Sisterhood have you chuckling at their antics, agreeing with their views on men, love and life and enjoying the way they empower and encourage one another. These women are sassy and classy and they don't intend to allow Traci to wallow in her misery. .
The men in this novel, Maureen's handsome son, Ryan who is taken by Traci, and Simon, a younger man who has his sights set on the older Maureen are more than just eye candy. The author has done a marvelous job of crafting these men in a positive light. Ray's love scenes, though tasteful, sizzle with every caress, every kiss and every explosive encounter. This was my kind of romance novel!
Will Traci, Maureen and the widows in the sisterhood find love the second time around? Read Not Even If You Begged to find out. You’ll be entertained from chapter to chapter until the story ends.