Review: Whiskey Beach – Nora Roberts

SYNOPSIS: A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of–but never arrested for–the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.
He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents–including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries–one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all… – via Goodreads

Nora Roberts is nothing if not consistent. For reals. I recently read this looking for something a little lighter and fluffier but still featuring a murder mystery and all that, and this one ticked all those boxes. So I got right in it. For a blind choice in a Nora Roberts book, I must say I was relieved I didn’t get a wreck like the last time I winged a choice of her books without asking Natasha.

Anyway, the recipe for Whiskey Beach is nothing new – there is the typical characters, the stereotypes, their traits, how things happen, etc. There was that typical mentality woven throughout this books of “I am man, she is woman. Woman must nurture. Man must be.” I hate that stuff, really, and you don’t get a break from it here. Also, Abra (what the heck kind of name is that, anyway) also irritated me. She was pushy and forceful, and it wasn’t sexy. As for Eli? My goodness, also the stereotypical brooding, angry, broken man that moves in, is healed by her, then gets all alpha male and sweeps her off her feet. Yes, Nora, we know.

It’s still a silly, light read if you don’t take it to heart. There is a story to follow, and while the book is a bit long, it never really feels like that when you are reading it, which is an important thing when reading. These characters again have money and privilege, and so Roberts can weave any story she wants to, and the characters can pretty much do whatever they want.

Anyway, Whiskey Beach is a light, fluffy read, which is pretty much what I wanted. I liked reading about Eli’s predicament of being harassed for the murder of his wife, and how he is slowly but surely putting his life back together. Abra I found to be a bit too controlling and pushy, but she also has a pretty interesting backstory when you get to it. Not a bad read.

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