My Mission: Her Mother's Keeper by Nora Roberts, part of the 2-in-1 reprint With Open Arms.
Harlequin Connection: Published under the Silhouette Romance banner, it was Nora's 8th published title.
Publication Date: Originally 1983, my reprint edition was published in 2004.
How Long It's Been In My TBR: A couple of years? I do remember that it was an impulse buy.
Plot: Gwen Lacrosse is 23 and making her way in New York City when she starts getting disturbing letters from her mother. Mom's letters are filled with chatter about bestselling novelist and notorious playboy Luke Powers, who is now renting a room in her mother's spacious New Orleans home. Disturbed that her 47-year-old mother is having an affair with a man 12-years her junior, Gwen rushes home with plans to send him packing.
My Verdict: Oh dear Lord in heaven, my eyes were bleeding before the end of the second chapter. First off, Gwen's freaked by the 12-year age difference between mummy and Luke. Never mind that Luke is 35 and Gwen is 23. That's right. 12-year age difference. I hate hypocrites.
But that's not the worst of it.
Because Gwen then proceeds to make out with Luke before we even get to the end of chapter two. Never mind that she still thinks her mother (yes, her mother!) is having an affair with this guy. She's going to merrily let him shove his tongue down her throat. I mean, what's the quickest way to break up a supposed relationship? All Gwen would have to say is, "Hey Mom? You know that hot guy you're having an affair with. Well he's been groping my goodies and I have first hand knowledge he can do fantastic things with his tongue." But does Gwen do this? Of course not! Why would she want to talk to your mother? And Luke? He knows that Gwen thinks he's boinking mama and he lets her believe it to "teach her a lesson." I can sort of see his point on that because Gwen is so uppity it's amazing she's not crapping diamonds.
But wait, there's more.
Amazing I know, but honestly, the best is yet to come.
This Big Misunderstanding goes on for the entire story! That's right. Gwen doesn't find out until the last chapter what a stupid-ass moron she is. That instead of having the sense that God gave a sack of blonde hair she should have, oh I don't know, talked to her damn mother about the supposedly hot-ass affair she was having! The whole set-up gave me a major case of the skeeves.
On the bright side, from a technical stand-point you can really see the growth in Nora's writing.
Final Grade = DNF. I only read the first 60 pages, skipped the middle and read the last chapter. I just couldn't handle it. No more memory lane for me, I'm sticking with Nora's single titles.