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Kat's Review of The Good Life by Martina Cole

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My Rating: 4/5Martina Cole The Good Life

Availability: Hardcover (09.10.14), Paperback (07.05.15), Kindle (09.10.14), Kobo (09.10.14)

Synopsis: THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE NEVER FREE.

Cain Moran wanted Jenny Riley more than he had ever wanted anyone or anything before in his life. But loving Jenny Riley was the easy part; it was telling his wife he wanted a divorce that was going to be the killer...

Jenny is not just any girl. She cares nothing for Cain's hard-man reputation - she just wants to be with him.

But Cain is not a free man. And he's about to find out that when his wife Caroline said 'til death us do part, she meant it.

 

When Cain is sentenced to life in prison it seems that Caroline might have got her wish. All Cain and Jenny know is that if their love can survive such separation, then one day they will have a chance at the Good Life together again.

But there are greater trials ahead than either can foresee. They're about to learn the hardest lesson of all:

LIVE THE GOOD LIFE. PAY THE PRICE.

My Review: I have to start off by saying that although I may have been critical of Martina’s more recent books, the woman is a legend! She has been writing in this genre since the early 90’s, and has therefore cemented her place in this genre. Maybe the reason I am so critical is because she set the bar so high especially with her earlier books. However the last couple of books I have read of hers haven’t blown me away. I think because she has written some amazing books, you just expect more and more every single time. If I am being 100% honest I was expecting something mediocre this time around, and thankfully it seems Martina Cole is making her way back to the top of the pile again.

Her latest book is still a far cry from her books such as Ladykiller, but it was a book that I started and finished in one day (which always tells me it’s a winner). Cain Moran is a face who seems to have it all. However, when he meets Jenny Riley his life is set to change forever and it changes in a huge way. I liked Cain from the outset, although Jenny seemed a little bit far removed. The story is set over decades, which totally works for me and I love the fact that we see a snippet of the future right at the very beginning of the book. We then see Cain’s life progress over the years and it’s a story that certainly held my interest.

The writing was great, the storyline filled with drama and tragedy from the outset. But…yes there is a but…I just felt there were things missing with one of the main characters Jenny. Things didn’t resonate well and there were a few instances that I felt she was side-lined and therefore a lot less believable. I think the timeline of the story was good, but when we move forward a few years, it felt like her personality changed with no reasoning. If I put that issue to one side the book was pretty gripping and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, although I’ve given this book 4 stars I struggled over that rating. It sounds like I am being harsh but I just feel that as an author that has been in this genre for over 20 years, there is still something missing from her books that used to be there. I certainly think this will please her long standing fans, and some people who may have been disheartened lately may feel there is now hope for the future MC books. All in all a great read, just not quite as explosive as they used to be!

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