Jun 5, 2010
PAGAN & PEN REVIEW
Title: Analysis of Love
Author: Fiona McGrier
Publisher: Wings ePress, Inc.
Length: 248 pgs.
Reviewed by: Violet Harper
About The Book: Catalina Reyes has always been in charge around men. She is the embodiment of a “hot Latina”, and she has enticed many a man to “take a walk on the salsa side of life”. The only problem for her is that she gets bored so easily. When men are ridiculously easy to get, they are replaceable also. Or so she has always thought.
When her boss’ boss assigns her to pose as a client with the blind analyst who he feels ruined his son’s life, he wants her to first seduce him, then destroy the doctor’s reputation. She has no choice, since firing her is only the first thing he will do to her, if she does not do as he orders. She is at first, thrilled that the doctor is such an attractive man, making the first part of her assignment something she would willingly do anyway. But something about the doctor makes him different from other men she has been with… has Catalina finally met her match?
The Review: If you’ve ever been stuck in a line next to someone who thinks you want to know everything about every member of their family, then you have an idea what the first five pages of this novel are like. This kind of exposition goes in one ear and out the other, and it’s better left unsaid until the appropriate time. Another thing that I found puzzling was the fact that all of the clichéd statements were italicized. (See above.) An author should strive to avoid using overused phrases, not italicize them to draw attention to them.
This novel suffered from head hopping, but that was the least of its problems. The characters were not likable and the plot, besides dragging on for far too long, was horrifying. It begins like this:
Chapter 1: Catalina enjoys sleeping around and she enjoys the bonuses from helping her boss ruin people. Chapter 2: Catalina is appalled when her boss wants her to seduce a blind therapist.
The dialogue only added to the exposition. At times, it felt like alternating between listening to Supermarket Woman speak and reading my old college psychology and sociology textbooks. I wish the author had spent a little more time with those texts because then she might have realized a few things. First, the therapist does all the talking. He lets her make him talk. This is completely unprofessional. A therapist who is supposed to be that well-trained isn’t going to be led that easily, especially by someone with whom he has little in common.
Second, she pretty much rapes him—yes, men can be raped. They can even ejaculate during the act. That doesn’t make it consensual. It isn’t hot or erotic, it’s disgusting and wrong. Afterward, he continues to ‘see’ her professionally, but the sessions read more like dates, which is seriously creepy.
Some people might overlook the beginning and focus on the drama of Catalina double-crossing the publisher to prove her loyalty to Evan. They might like that the two forge a relationship during the second half of the novel. To me, none of that is relevant in the face of what happened at the beginning.
Pagan Elements: None
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