REVIEW: Petals in the Storm by Mary Jo Putney
Dear Ms. Putney,
This book has been mentioned as being one of the weakest of this series (the Fallen Angels) and I can see why. I found myself far more interested in Robin and Maggie’s relationship, and for that matter Helene and von Fehrenbach’s relationship, than in seeing Rafe and Maggie get back together. Heck, I was more interested in Rex the cat than Rafe.
Years ago Rafe and Maggie loved each other then a (stupid) misunderstanding parted them in anger. Now it’s thirteen years later and Rafe is a Duke of Slut who (for reasons never fully explained) is sent to post Napoleonic France for some diplomatic high jinx. And he’s suited for this because he sleeps with any woman? Whatever. There he sees his old love Maggie now known as Margot who is also a spy. Maggie is involved with Robin, another Fallen Angel, who is also a spy. Rafe acts like an oaf, believes more lies about Margot/Maggie until he finally sees the light. Now the two of them have to keep Europe from being plunged back into war.
I was very disappointed with the awkward style in which historical information was worked into the book, especially in the first chapter when Lucien was asking Rafe to go to Paris. Plus the whole scenario of Maggie and Rafe each exploding with passion by merely linking pinkies got old. And the ending was far too reminiscent of Dancing with all the running around. The bit with Wellington appearing and thanking them for saving the day was just too Junior G Men-ish on top of all that.
I thought Maggie a far more interesting character than Rafe and I do give you points for creating a strong woman with a past. And for giving her the strength to rise above what had happened to her. Rafe was just an insensitive clod who looked good. Give me Robin and Rex any day. A disappointing C- read overall.