Monday, 9 July 2012

Cox by Kate Lace

Title: Cox
Author: Kate Lace
Publisher:  Arrow Books
Published: 5th July 2012
ISBN:  978 0099 570 820

Rating 3.5/5

The cover on this looks really suggestive…or maybe I just have a rude mind (lol) and I have to admit to zero advance knowledge of rowing, so the title meant nada to me before reading the book and actually realising!

Amy is the main character in this.  She comes across as fairly forward thinking and fits what I see as a stereotypical woman from a male perspective.  She works hard but doesn’t seem to get the obvious class divides, and ignores the help of her best friends in favour of working it out the hard way…which I found intensely annoying, especially given her apparent intellect.

Rollo is a very arrogant character who rubs up almost everyone the wrong way and always gets what he wants, when he wants it, no matter the price.  I honestly felt like smacking him one…he’s a an egotistical idiot!  I found it incredibly hard that after the way he treated Dan throughout the book, that as soon as Rollo bared his soul, everything was fine.  Must be a bloke thing I reckon.

Overall I thought this waffled on a bit too much.  It’s well over 500 pages long and I felt it could have been shorter.  I got fed up with lovers tiffs and things that looked like something else, but weren’t, and was really glad when Dan and Amy eventually kissed and made up.  It does have feel good factors and some intimate scenes.  I think this would be a good summer read for anyone who likes rowers and active sports.

Book synopsis:
Meet the members of St George's Boat Club:
Dan - dark and brooding, he has to work day and night to achieve his dream of rowing in the London Olympics.
Rollo - rich and arrogant, when he's not rowing he spends his time seducing women and spending money.
Amy - a brilliant cox who catches the eye of both Dan and Rollo.
In a boat Dan and Rollo row perfectly together, but on land they despise each other. So with the addition of Amy to the mix, sporting behaviour is the last thing on their mind.
May the best man win? Not a chance.
From Henley Regatta to the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, and finally to the biggest race of their lives, their determination to settle old scores threatens to capsize everyone's plans.

A copy was received in return for an honest review.


Becky said...

Hmmm... Great review but I'll be giving this one a miss. Unlikeable characters and 500+ pages. That is too much to ask of a reader. And I think you're right. The cover is rather errr... suggestive.

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