Pregnesia (2009)
Pregnesia (2009)
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3.37 of 5 Votes: 3
ISBN
037369413X (ISBN13: 9780373694136)
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English
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Harlequin Intrigue
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Like a number of other reviewers, I arrived at ‘Pregnesia’ after reading a really fantastic review and a whole heap of comments on SBTB’s site, and I wanted to experience the book for myself. However I’m also here because I am trying to teach myself a better tolerance of some fictional tropes, and amnesia is a really good example of something I came to hate, and now I must challenge that hatred and emerge a better reader, or something.Once upon a time, I thought fictional amnesia was one of the best things out there. I loved all the emotional drama around whether the hero or heroine was now a better person after being so horrible in the past, or whether the love between two characters would be lost forever along with the loss of memory. I loved the danger around whatever secret was locked away in memory. I even loved (when I was really young) the crazy kid’s stuff where the character’s memory would return after a second blow to the head. But then for some reason, I actually read something about how amnesia doesn’t work the way it does in fiction, and it was as big a betrayal as some other fictional betrayals which I won’t state here but I’m sure would resonate with the majority of people who were told something when they were about eight that they would have preferred not to know. I adopted a sweepingly dismissive attitude toward amnesia stories. Such clichés. I thought that amnesia should always be realistic, otherwise it would be impossible for me to suspend my disbelief. I thought if I couldn’t suspend my disbelief about amnesia, I’d be incapable of enjoying an amnesia story. I’ve now revised that opinion. I now believe that fictional amnesia is still around not because authors are ignorant of what it really is, or authors are in a conspiracy to make readers believe amnesia lies. I now think it’s around because it’s super fun, and the only thing that makes it not super fun is when it is either not consistent with the logic of the author’s fictional setting, or when the reader just finds it tiresome, either because the author hasn’t engaged, or the reader hasn’t. ‘Jane Doe’ in ‘Pregnesia’ has incurred amnesia from emotional trauma plus a blow to the head. She’s run away from something and ended up in the back seat of the car Lucas is repossessing. Jane is eight months pregnant and very pretty, so Lucas takes her home and gets his nurse sister to look her over and look after her. The next day he takes her clothes shopping and saves her from a kidnapping attempt by some guys in a white van. Jane is clearly in danger, and Lucas will stop at nothing to protect her.Locked away in ‘Jane’s’ head is her true identity, the mystery of whether her pregnancy represents an existing relationship that will prevent her from forming one with Lucas, and the mystery of who is menacing her, and why. Such classics! They made me happy.While I’ll suspend disbelief for amnesia, the pregnancy aspect is more difficult. Fundamentally, I’m expecting romance characters to have this big build up to doing sex, and then doing sex, and then being emotionally devastated in the aftermath of the sex done. I can’t quite reconcile that with being heavily pregnant because while I don’t know what every heavily pregnant woman’s sex drive is like just before she’s about to pop, I’m assuming that she’s generally dealing with more pressing needs that are better resolved by a back rub, a cuddle and a good night’s sleep. I just can’t see how I’m going to get a proper story with some sex scenes in this set up. It seems like you could do a huge build up to sex, but have to wait months and months before it paid off. I will not tolerate the first decent sex scene in the epilogue. Epilogues in category romances are optional reading, for those readers who want to know if a baby happened, or if there was a baby already happening, what flavour it turned out to be.Jane’s a nice person, which makes it slightly puzzling as to why she has no friends to report her missing. It makes me sad that she had such a lonely life. She took being an amnesiac in her stride, but that’s probably because her brain was far busier dealing with the much scarier prospect of impending motherhood.I couldn’t get into Lucas at all – I think probably because his lack of competence had been so well documented in the SBTB review that I couldn’t help but notice how he wasn’t all that good at his job. And also he wasn’t a billionaire. I know I am shallow for admitting it, but if you have very little personality and commitment issues I expect you to have more going for you than being hot and into a pregnant woman. Those are really nice qualities, but good grief: he took her shopping at Walmart. Even if he’s not a billionaire, couldn’t he have sprung for a nicer department store? I couldn’t adjust my expectations down enough from the rich heroes dragging reluctant heroines into couture boutiques to be comfortable with Walmart. Perhaps Walmart was supposed to be somehow meta. The book is set in Kansas City, and while I don’t know anything about Kansas City, I have to assume that it is a nice enough place to live but is hardly as sexy and exotic as any number of other cities. I don’t have time to appreciate this kind of subtlety in a sub-200 page book, especially if I am not getting sufficient other distractions. I suppose I should be more into the fact that Lucas was an ex-Navy SEAL, which I know is short-hand for competent and heroic warrior protector, but this does nothing for me. Batman completely does it for me, but Lucas was no Batman.For me, ‘Pregnesia’ was fine in that the amnesia didn’t make my head explode, but it unfortunately didn’t quite live up to the sparkling promise of the SBTB review. All righty then.I probably *should* give this book 2 stars. After all, I did figure out the mystery part almost immediately. Oh, and if you're looking for really steamy scenes, you're going to have to look further because, well, pregnant. But, come on, the title is Pregnesia. That is worth at least one star right there.I found the book very easy to read, and I especially liked Lucas's character as well as the concept of ex-military bros going into a specialized repo sort of business. I liked Loretta, the sister of Lucas, and Jane was pretty good except for the use of the phrase "jiggle my memory" which ranks up there with nails on a chalk board for some reason.My biggest complaint is that the juiciest part of the plot comes at the very end. That's the part I wanted to know more about. You know, the part I can't tell you because of spoilers and all that? All in all, I'd say this is a pretty solid read if you're partial to Intrigues. If you're looking for a more complex thriller/suspense story line, then you'll probably need to find a single title.
Reviews
jaime
HAHAHA How can you not read a book with a title like "Pregnesia"?????
Whitehippo
Wow, Pregnesia really delivers!
Sarah
Very good - easy reading
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