Spoiler Alert: Review of Two to Tango by Mimi Strong
This is the first time I read a Mimi Strong novel. The cover art’s sexy and intriguing, and obviously Strong has a dedicated following. The cheers I read about this new novel had me buying the novel without any qualms.
It started out strongly, and the banter between the two main characters was interesting, but then it all fell apart. It was almost as if the heroine underwent a really bad personality transplant. I wanted to cheer for her, for her to not be a victim, but it just didn’t happen unfortunately. The “I hate rich people” frame of mind got very old quickly, and I found myself thinking, yeah, yeah, we’ve heard all this before, and the boytoy “got it”. The “my dad was a rich man who betrayed us” theme has been done too much.
There are certain elements of this book I found completely unbelievable, including her not finding out who Charlie really is early on, on not doing a background check of the most basic nature on her new roommate, and not filing a police report are just a few. Something else? No one gets a job working with children these days without a thorough background check, including a criminal background, so how would her employer possible miss that she’d been a stripper and had a record? It’s impossible to hide these things. Cooper, the private detective should have been able to trace Skye easily, despite her sharing the car with her friend.
Then there’s the sex. No protection in having sex with a stranger, no matter how beautiful he is, is asking for a lot of heartache in the long run. Sure, the little talk about being clean, doctors’ reports are awkward, but so is explaining one has genital herpes, genital warts, and other STD’s to a potential partner after a history of unprotected sex.
The quick resolution at the end of the book, plus the mysteriously financed move back to mother, was jarring. The drug use and stripping made me feel like I’d invested time and emotion on Skye, only to see her fall apart. She’d started out so well, but the unravelling of her personality left me unsympathetic as she waited on Charlie, her Prince Charming, to sort her life out and rescue her.