[Un]Common Ground – Erica Abbott, Pol Robinson

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The best word I can think of to describe this book is pleasant.

Short of one particular scene which had me howling with laughter for a couple of minutes, I didn’t really experience any emotions whilst reading this, either positive or negative.

The book certainly isn’t terrible, it’s very well written, in an impressively seamless manner considering it’s written by two authors, but it lacks something quite significant – emotion. The main characters have feelings about their pasts, but never really openly express them, and when they do, it just doesn’t land with this particular reader. They also don’t really appear to have strong emotional responses to each other.

The storyline itself is also amiable. There’s barely any angst which isn’t in itself a bad thing, but when there is some, it’s either resolved and swept away quickly, or doesn’t add any fervour to the situation, which left me feeling somewhat disconnected from the MCs and the storyline. I think the character I connected with the most might have been the dog.

I think it’s highly likely others will feel differently to me about this book. It is at its heart a sweet romance, a story of finding home and a perfectly pleasant way to pass a few hours.

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