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Jewel of the Bay*

Yes, Even Contemporary Romances Can Be Trope-Heavy

I don’t know how I managed it, but this is the second book in as many days where the heroine is on a road trip to somewhere else but is waylaid in a small town, finds a job, and decides to stay there. Makes me wonder whether this is becoming a tired trope in small-town romance. I felt like this story was missing progressive complications through the middle section until the BIG complication. Yes, things were happening around the camp, but there didn’t seem to be progressive complications in terms of the romantic relationship. Much of the middle felt like we were just going from one annoying little camp moment to another. While the characters may have had to deal with camp drama, it should not have felt like the main thrust of the book. The characters never really became wholly real to me.

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