Kat Wilson is a runner, a successful
designer of exercise clothing for plus-sized women, and is
perfectly content with her life (or so she tells herself).
At a race, Kat meets Eric, race director and certifiable
Adonis. Though sparks fly between the two, Kat never learns
more than his name. That is, until her best friend puts an
ad up on Craigslist in the missed connections section. To
Katís surprise, Eric responds to the ad, and to the
voluptuous Kat herself. But will his desire for Kat be
enough for her to take a chance and believe they could have
a future together?
Missed Connections had a
premise that hooked me, but the follow-through somehow never
managed to capture my attention. I was unable to connect
with either the hero or heroine. Missed Connections
told me that Kat was smart, strong, and capable but
self-conscious. Yet, I never ďfeltĒ any of this when I read
the story, save perhaps for Katís insecurities. As for
Eric, he was the perfect hero. I appreciated the qualities
which made him so perfect, but at the same time his
character didnít grab me because I didnít find any
humanizing traits to make him feel real to me.
Putting that issue aside, a central
focus of the tale is Katís self-consciousness about her
weight. A lot of emphasis was put on this factor, which
would have been understandable were Kat the plus-sized
heroine the book claims she is. However, given the height
and weight of the heroine provided in the book, itís clear
that the heroine is smack dab in the middle of an ideal
weight range, so the extensive commentary on her looks seems
unwarranted and is, therefore, off-putting. Perhaps Nancy
Lindquist is attempting to make a point about perfectly
healthy women being unreasonably self-conscious, but if so,
Iím afraid it missed the mark for me.
Ms. Lindquist has a smooth writing
style I appreciate, so while this story did not appeal to
me, I will perhaps read more of her work in the future.
Unfortunately, Missed Connections missed the
mark for me.