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Introduction to a new series
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 16, 2018
I have all the Saints Protection books by Ms. Jordan, which I have enjoyed (multiple times). I read the first Baytown Boys book, because the lead character in that book had been deftly introduced throughout the Saints series, his personality well exposed (and admirable). However, as with this new series, Lighthouse, the rest of the characters just seemed rather undeveloped or not very compelling (including the town/setting) so I have not gone further with Baytown.
In my view, as a “serial series” reader, this new set has too many people without enough personality development; too many first names without a tagline to remind the reader of who the heck they are, and how they relate to the action. The resolution of the crimes was like “wait-what happened?” And the hero’s journey didn’t grab me as much as Jack’s in the Saints series, who really had to struggle with his insta-love. Also, the heroine just seems kind of flat. So she puts up with a dreary job where she is demeaned in order to support her son; so she is distraught about his safety; but she basically just wrings her hands and continues to let others take the action as she stands by, wide-eyed and ineffectual, waiting to be rescued. The only real compelling reason for the hero to fall for her is “the electric shock” the first time he touches her. Her son, on the other hand, is better defined, as is the hero’s relationship to him.
Ms. Jordan is certainly prolific, but I hope she will bring more of the depth she achieved with Saints to Lighthouse and any of her future series-lines. It may take longer to write, but it will stay with a reader longer, too, like a perfectly prepared filet mignon dinner can be a life-memory, while a fast-food hamburger leaves your thoughts as soon as the wrapper hits the trash-can. She is capable of creating depth of character and originality of motivation; I hope she will resist the pressure to merely produce a product which will be reliably within the formula at whatever drive-through you go to.