Spectrum-by-MJ-DuncanSpectrum was a charming romance by MJ Duncan but it had a major flaw. Let me start by telling you the story.

Bryn Nakamura is the owner of a beautiful wine farm named Spectrum. It is her haven away from overbearing parents who seek to control her life.

Anna Fitzpatrick is a beautiful woman who accidentally drives off the road and into a section of Bryn’s beloved grape vines.

Bryn can barely contain her anger at the beautiful stranger and lets her have an earful.

As with any good romance they keep meeting by chance and their attraction is undeniable.

The flaw with this book is the bit just after the middle.

Duncan’s characters have an oh-so-sexy flirty period where there is a will they/won’t they sort of push pull. Then they do, then they don’t, then there is crying. It was all so very enjoyable and heartstoppingly right up my alley. And then about half way through the book this resolves and they get together.

And then they are together.

And then they are still together.

And yup, still together.

Then right at the end there is a bit of drama with Bryn’s family which was enjoyable. And then the book ends.

The Characters

The characters are well written, brilliantly explored and so real you can almost smell their sweat. Duncan has a knack for writing people. The chemistry between the main characters is written so well you can’t help but yell at them when they are being silly.

Bryn has a wonderful friendship with Kendall. This was one of the highlights of the book for me. They have a lovely rapport.

The Writing Style

Two thirds of the book is brilliant. If Duncan had cut out about a third of the book it would have made my must-read list of books. The pacing is brilliant, the conflict is epic and the character reactions are unmistakably human.

The Pros

I loved about 2/3 of this book. Absolutely loved it.

The Cons

I was bored by 1/3 of this book.

The Conclusion

It’s worth a read if you are okay with either reading what happens after they get together or are okay with fast forwarding through the book. The end bit is worth it, so don’t skip it.

Excerpt from Spectrum by MJ Duncan

Kendal handed the file to her secretary and waved a hand at the elevator. “And I will still buy you breakfast, because I love you.”

Bryn Smiled. “I don’t know why.”

“It’s your sunny disposition,” Kendall teased, bumping Bryn with her elbow.

Bryn chortled and shook her head. “Somehow, I doubt that’s it.”

“Fine, it’s your wine. I’m friends with you because you hook me up with wine.”

“That makes much more sense,” Bryn murmured. She followed Kendall into the elevator and sighed as the doors slid shut, grateful for the presence of the other two people in the car that put their conversation on pause for the moment. She had thought that venting to Kendall about her run-ins with Anna Fitzpatrick would make her feel better – but it only succeeded in making her feel more conflicted. She had spent the last week cursing Anna’s very existence more often than not, and yet she could not stop thinking about her either.


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