REVIEW: “Seat 2A” by dela

I love travel romances; I don’t care if they travel by plane, train, bus, or car I adore travel “Meet/Cute”s.  “Seat 2A” had a great “Meet/Cute”.  The main couple Jessie and Kendal, had a delightfully charming chemistry.  I had a difficult time warming up to the heroine, Jessie, at first.  Then I lose her again in the second half; she wants Kendal to guess at what she wants, or needs.  On the other hand the hero, Kendal could easily have taken an early turn into “Jerk Town”.  But he comes across as engaging and charismatic.

Then the wheels started falling off the book and there were plot holes everywhere.  For example, why would people put their entire wedding under a fake name, at a hotel, if they aren’t famous?  Another question, why couldn’t someone, who the entire staff’s familiar with, get the name of the person he’s looking for?  He has the girl’s real last name.

The writing in “Seat 2A” starts out sounding rather juvenile making the characters come across as superficial and vapid.  But once they reach Whistler either dela’s writing gets better or I’ve developed a tolerance.  Dela lets the ball drop again and again.  The hero’s sister seems like she’s trying to sabotage him.  Jessie’s expecting the hero to have been a born again choir boy during their separation.  Kendal’s trying to take things slow but it comes across as stalled.  He’s also keeping secrets, that he knows are going to bite him in the butt later.  I hate stupid heroes.  The heroine says Kendal’s “taking whims”, or planning them but I only saw him taking or planning whims for her.  Jessie it’s one of the many things she holds against him.

I’m one of those readers who thinks it’s okay if the hero and heroine see other people while they’re separated.  However, once they’re in each others lives again … no touchy-touchy with other people.  Dela breaks that wall.  Jessie’s successfully avoiding her boyfriend’s advances after she sees Kendal again.  Suddenly, she and the boyfriend make sweet, sweet love.  Yes, Kendal’s King One-Night-Stand when he didn’t know where Jessie was.  But once he sees Jessie again – BAM – no more girls.  That probably sounds like a double standard; I don’t expect these characters to live like monks and nuns.  However, when they each other’s “romantic orbit” – “no shares-ies”.

“Seat 2A” had a really cute and promising premise for an intriguing novel unfortunately the execution was abysmal.  The sex is not descriptive – there’s nothing wrong with that – just something of note.  The heroine, Jessie, is the weakest link but Kendal, the hero, isn’t a smart nor decisive thinker.  Dela leaves silly gaping plot holes; which at the end of the book, left me annoyed.

I’m giving “Seat 2A” 2 Lightning Bolts and a Small Craft Advisory.

 

This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed

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