Hell to Pay (What Doesn't Kill You, #7)Hell to Pay by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb is kind of misleading and doesn’t do justice to the essentially romantic story that gets intense at times. Emily’s yearning about the child she wants to adopt sounds very real so does her love for Jack. On the other hand, at places humor takes out the seriousness of the situation like at Abel’s bow and arrow episode. This is not to say that the humor is not spot on at other places.

On the whole, the writing style is unique and often contrary to expectations.

Some descriptions sound unnatural and overboard. For example – “The feelings raging inside me about Betsy were grayish green, like bruises and cyclone weather.”

However, at other times the descriptions are very good, such as of Emily getting ready in a car while driving at the same time.

Despite the many goings-on, I often found the pace slow and relaxed.

But oh my, the climax scene made up for the slow pace. The imagery was as good as watching a movie. Although exciting and well-written, even there at one sentence use of double adverbs made comprehension of that particular sentence hard.

There are too many characters perhaps carried over from the previous book in the series. Some things remained unexplained till the end. Maybe the next book in the series will explain them. Good for those who read the whole series, but not so for those who might read out of sequence.

I liked the story and the style overall but I saw scope for improvement especially with consistency in pace and writing style.

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