Strong, Silent Type
by Lorelei James, contemporary (2009)
Samhain Publishing, $3.50, ISBN 978-1-60504-521-4


If you have ever wondered what being married to a sweaty male trailer home denizen is like, Lorelei James offers to show you a romanticized but stereotypical vision of that blessed life. Needless to say, I find that the grass on the other pasture isn't always greener.

In Strong, Silent Type, Quinn McKay is married to Libby for fourteen years but because he's the "silent type" who is prone to violent displays of jealousy, Libby decided three months ago that she'd kick him out to the horse trailer until he gets a clue about treating and wooing his wife right. Libby, you see, is tired of dealing with a husband who only seems to value her as a work horse, housekeeper, and sexual partner and she wants something more than what Quinn had given her in the last fourteen years. Quinn has no idea what is going on, but he knows that if he doesn't do something, he may lose her for good.

There are some sensible and even realistic reasons provided here on how a marriage can slowly cool down and even crack apart over the years, but they are just dumped into the story like a laundry list. What I get instead are two adults who behave like children here. Worse, they even speak like kids in their Livejournal at times, ugh. Thank goodness this story is short or the characters' silly antics will be even more unbearable.

Rating: 59


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