Review: Force of Nature by Dana Mentink

Force of Nature by Dana Mentink
Series: Stormswept (# 2)
Release Date: December 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 214
Source: book won in a Goodreads contest

Pulled from the waves and gasping for air, the last person Antonia Verde expects to be her rescuer is Reuben Sandoval. He may once have been the love of her life, but his drug-smuggling brother ruined their chance of happiness. Now with a storm blowing in, Rueben’s island hotel is her only refuge. Soon they find themselves trapped on the island with a killer in the midst of a dangerous hurricane. Antonia’s life is in Rueben’s hands—can she trust him with her heart, as well?

 

Review:  I’m always a little wary when I pick up an inspirational romance.  While I want that touch of  Christianity, I don’t want to be preached at.  Luckily, Force of Nature doesn’t cross that fine line into preachiness.  However, there was just something about it that just made me merely like the story rather than like the story.

So this is a reunion story.  Antonia and Reuben were in a relationship.  As were their siblings, Mia and Hector.  But when a rift occurred between Mia and Hector, it spread to Antonia and Reuben’s relationship.  Months later, someone seems to be after Antonia and she’s running for her life right towards the island that Reuben’s family owns… and a hurricane.

The suspense part of the book was pretty good.  It wasn’t terribly complex, but it was an action packed ride.  In the end, I don’t have any complaints with this aspect of the story.

But it was more the characters and the romance that didn’t sit as well.  Antonia and Reuben are both stubborn and can’t seem to communicate with each other and let go of the past.  There was definite lingering feelings, but they weren’t really explored since the suspense aspect of the story was center stage.  The characters really seemed to spend more time with their anger and past disappointment towards each other throughout the book.  The reconciliation just seemed to all of the sudden happen.  I suppose much of that was due to their circumstances, but at the same time, when reading a romance, I prefer to actually *see* the falling in love.

It wasn’t a bad book.  I think, in the end, there was just too much going on that the romance aspect fell to the wayside and I was unable to really connect with the characters.