Mini-Review: Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace #1) by MJ Arlidge

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I find new books through many different sources.  Goodreads, blog posts and random walks through the bookstore.  In the case of Eeny Meeny, I saw a Facebook post from Mike Greenberg (the ESPN host, of all people).  For some reason the premise seemed intriguing so I picked it up at the used bookstore.

The good:

  • Fast, easy read
  • Female main character
  • A decent start to what might be a promising series

 

The bad:

  • I figured out the big twist before the 50% mark.
  • Helen Grace, our female MC, is supposed to be a strong, tough female detective.  Here’s the problem – she is written, by a man, as a man’s version of a strong woman.  I’m not being clear enough so I’ll say it in a different way – she is written as a male fantasy of a strong woman.  She goes to a dom to be beaten.  She drives a motorcycle. She puts up walls and closes people off but then has sex with a coworker.  All of this is fine and can work if done well.  But, here, it’s presented in a fashion that is close to offensive.

Because it was a fairly enjoyable read, I plan to give the series another shot with book two. I’m hoping that the author will iron out the rough spots in Helen’s character development.

2.5/5 stars.

One thought on “Mini-Review: Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace #1) by MJ Arlidge

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