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Ripley Todd just wants to live a quiet, peaceful kind of life. Her job as a sheriff's deputy keeps her busy and happy, and she has no trouble finding men when she wants them—which, lately, isn't all that often. She's perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her—and though she tries hard to hide them, she can't get themRipley Todd just wants to live a quiet, peaceful kind of life. Her job as a sheriff's deputy keeps her busy and happy, and she has no trouble finding men when she wants them—which, lately, isn't all that often. She's perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her—and though she tries hard to hide them, she can't get them under control.…Distraction soon arrives in the handsome form of MacAllister Booke—a researcher who's come to investigate the rumors of witchcraft that haunt Three Sisters Island. Right from the start, he knows there's something extraordinary about Ripley Todd. It's not just her blazing green eyes and her sultry smile. There's something else. Something he can detect, but she'll never admit. Fascinated by her struggle with her amazing abilities, he becomes determined to help her accept who she is—and find the courage to open her heart.But before Ripley and Mac can dream of what lies in the future, they must confront the pain of the past. For Three Sisters shelters centuries of secrets—and a legacy of danger that plagues them still.…"A storytelling wizard." —Publishers Weekly...

Title : Heaven and Earth
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Heaven and Earth Reviews

  • Maria Clara
    2019-05-11 07:30

    Dentro de la trilogía, y a falta de leer el último libro, solo puedo decir MARAVILLOSO. En este segundo volumen tenemos de todo: amor, magia, locura, posesiones, ira, miedo...

  • Cyndi
    2019-04-27 09:45

    This is my favorite in the Three Sisters Trilogy. Probably because the characters are terrific! Ripley is a deputy on the island. She is out spoken, tough and not happy with her magical powers. She truly hates the witchy stuff, but she knows she has to work with the rest of the coven to save the island.So with all this hate of witchcraft she tries to avoid the new man in town. He is investigating the magic of the island.He is a handsome professor who is thrilled with the witches. I have a soft spot for geeks so I fell right in love with Mac even though he was given the unfortunate name of Mac Booke. 🤦‍♀️ Great book with magic and romance!

  • Alba Turunen
    2019-04-25 06:23

    4 Estrellitas bien merecidas y entretenidas. Éste segundo libro se asemeja bastante al primero en lo esencial, como la historia, la magia, quizás en éste hemos tenido algo más de magia y de los poderes que envuelven a las Tres Hermanas. Pero sin duda lo que más destaco de ésta novela son sus fuertes personajes, me han encantado los protagonistas.En el primer libro tuvimos a la dulce Nell y al simpático policía Zach. En éste tenemos la historia de Ripley, la hermana de Zach y también policía adjunta de la isla. Conocimos a Ripley como una chica dura e independiente, una mujer que hoy describiríamos del siglo XXI, pues sí, lo es, pero también es cabezota y tozuda, muy voluntariosa y temeraria, pero en el fondo es una mujer que guarda mucho miedo y rencor. Una vez vio lo que sus poderes eran capaces de hacer y se asustó, a partir de ahí se convirtió en la bruja abnegada, aquella que no quiere volver a saber nada de la magia ni lo paranormal, aquella que rompió su amistad con Mia debido a lo que es.Con ésta definición de Ripley ¿Qué tipo de protagonista creéis que le ha caído? Justo su polo opuesto, y es que MacAllister es sin duda quien más me ha gustado de éste libro. Admito que mis protagonistas favoritos son los frikis y los buenazos, Mac ha tenido todo ésto y más. Viene de una familia rica y debido a ello pudo dedicarse a lo que más le gusta, el estudio de lo paranormal. Ha viajado por todo el mundo buscando cualquier cosa rara o extraña que le atraiga para poder completar su tesis doctoral. Como buen personaje estereotipado tenemos en Mac a un profesor excéntrico, torpe, despistado, siempre pierde las gafas o las llaves por cualquier lado, pero esos pequeños detalles es lo que lo hace tan adorable.MacAllister llega a Tres Hermanas acarreando todos sus chismes (que él mismo ha fabricado) para datar y constatar toda la descarga y energía paranormal que habita en la isla. Él mismo es creyente de que la magia existe, sabe que Mia, la mujer que le ha alquilado la casa durante unos meses, también es una bruja. Ha oído hablar del extraño caso de Nell y su ex-marido (que por supuesto no spoilearé del libro anterior), y quiere entrevistarlas y trabajar con ellas. Por supuesto Mac es un encanto, es muy buena persona y nuestras brujillas lo saben, ellas mismas no tienen ningún problema en ayudarle con lo que sea para su trabajo, pero Mac dará con la horma de su zapato cuando conoce a Ripley.Sí, Ripley y Mac no empezarán con muy buen pie, pero es precisamente éstas primeras pullas y conversaciones que han tenido lo que más me ha gustado. ¿Creéis que Mac se dejará avasallar por una mujer tan mujer como Ripley? Ni mucho menos, sólo diré que me he reído de lo lindo con ellos. Su historia empezará lentamente, pero también deberán salvar algunos obstáculos, ella con su magia y Mac haciéndole ver que a lo que él se dedica es serio, y es su vida. En general ésta novela trata de la comprensión, la aceptación y el respeto. Sí, probablemente en más de un momento darán ganas de echarle la bronca a Ripley, a mí me ha exasperado en más de un momento, pero en el fondo me ha gustado mucho.En cuanto a la historia de trasfondo, hay algo, un mal que busca entrar de nuevo en Tres Hermanas y destruir a las brujas. No todo quedó cerrado en el primer libro, y aunque en éste segundo adquiere otra forma, no lo hace menos amenazante. Quizás eché de menos un poquito más de acción al final del libro. Parece ser que algo más oscuro aún se avecina, pero imagino que eso ocurrirá en el libro de Mia. Los secundarios, como Mia, Nell y Zach, tendrán un papel muy importante en la trama de éste segundo libro, y sus intervenciones para ayudar y apoyar a los protagonistas ha sido clave en más de una ocasión.Espero no tardar mucho en leer el libro de Mia para cerrar la trilogía, confieso que Mia no es mi personaje favorito y no me cae especialmente bien, pero tengo las esperanzas puestas en su libro, de que sea un magnífico broche final para la serie. Ya se verá.

  • Erika
    2019-05-10 10:38

    When you're out of town visiting your mom and you get stung by something and your leg blows up so you have to go to the ER and then you're allergic to the meds they give you you're pretty desperate for books. When your mom brings this home you don't want to hurt her feelings because it is, after all, better than no books. But not much better.

  • Ira
    2019-05-19 10:43

    3.75 stars.I wanted to give this 3 stars because I was so annoyed with the heroine and wanted to slap her couple of times! Luckily I love the sweet and nerdy hero, he save the story for me.Also, in book #3 I found out why this heroine behaving like she was, and I can understand her more. But why we got the answer in the next book instead of in her book here? Sigh..

  • jenjn79
    2019-05-19 05:41

    Another great book by Roberts. Overall, I enjoy the theme and plot of this series. But my favorite thing about this book in particular is the character of Mac - absentminded professor with a side of hunk. He's just so adorable the way he's always forgetting things and getting sidetracked. And him hooking up with Ripley was an interesting combination.The book had an interesting storyline that fit well with the first book in the series. They complement each other well. If there was one thing I could gripe a little bit about it's that Ripley's attitude does get irritating occasionally. Her reasons for being that way make sense for the most part, but there are times when it's a little over the top and annoying. But it doesn't ruin the book at all.So good book. For those that like Dance Upon the Air you'll most likely enjoy this one as well.

  • Cristina Leitón
    2019-05-23 04:19

    Leería todos y cada uno de los libros de esta historia si en vez de 3 fuesen 50. De verdad. No sé si es la atmósfera, la isla que tan clara tengo en mi cabeza, la magia o los personajes, pero estoy en un estado de enamoramiento absoluto con esta trilogía. No quiero que se acabe. Fin.Si lo mejor del primer libro, Baile en el aire, fue Nell, lo mejor de esta segunda parte, para mí, ha sido Mac. El científico de lo paranormal, torpe y encantador, inteligente y sincero, que llega a Tres Hermanas arrastrado por la curiosidad pero, sobre todo, por un instinto que no entenderá hasta llegar allí. Y después está Ripley, la ayudante de Zack en la comisaría, la bruja que se niega a aceptar lo que es pero que tendrá que hacerlo. Y es precisamente esa negación la que ha construido una coraza a su alrededor, porque Ripley es demasiado frágil cuando se trata de la magia, y ella lo sabe.La historia de estos dos es maravillosa. Juntos son divertidos, tiernos y pasionales, aunque Ripley se niegue a aceptarlo y haga todo lo posible por frenarlo. Su historia de amor, junto a la continuación de la trama principal de la trilogía sobre la maldición y las tres hermanas, hacen de Cielo y tierra una novela que me ha dejado con ganas de más. Más, más y más. Más de Zack y Nell, los protagonistas de la primera novela, que siguen apareciendo pero como secundarios. Más de Mia, que protagoniza la tercera y última novela. Más magia, más oscuridad, más poder. Más de Nora Roberts, al fin y al cabo, que es lo que siento siempre cuando leo alguna de sus novelas.

  • Marta Marlau
    2019-05-15 04:23

    Muy bonita la historia de Ripley. Me ha gustado saber más de la magia y el origen de la isla. Mac es muy buen personaje, con sus despistes y su mente abierta. Todo un descubrimiento. Sin duda seguiré leyendo esta trilogía. Nora Roberts llegó para quedarse. Próximamente reseña en https://rincondemarlau.blogspot.com

  • Mary
    2019-05-20 10:19

    I want to really give it more than two stars but I can't. It is not the story that brings it down but the main character. Ripley is annoying, childish, egotistical, constantly jumps to conclusions, crude and really not likable. If you don't agree then I would suggest reading her actions when she played Mac in the gym after she thought, but didn't bother to ask, he had been snuggling up with Mia. That insults both Mac and Mia especially since no matter how bad Ripley has treated Mia, Mia has never done anything like that to hurt her. It is not even in Mia to be THAT kind of cruel but since Ripley is the kind to do that she thinks people will do it to her. Then I would suggest to read the part where Nell had invited Mac to dinner and Mac was just asking questions about the island which is the reason for him being there and Ripley blows up because Mac is using Nell to get to her and blah blah blah. I find it so hard to enjoy the story most of the time because the main character can't stop being a whiny, self-centered idiot. It is even a more idiotic that she gets all stupid and thinks that ignoring/denying that she is a witch is going to make it so. She can't always control it so pretend that she doesn't have it which then makes it so when she gets all hot headed (which is damn often) she does something like accidentally burning Mac. Yeah, bright idea. She might as well just keep her gun out, leave the safety off and keep her finger on the trigger. At least that way people will know what hit them!Then there is the time where she does the astral projection to see Nell's ex in the loony bin. For someone who doesn't practice and knows can't she can't always control her powers, to do something like that is above and beyond stupid, pig headed and idiotic. You can also clearly see just how little she thinks of Mac sometimes and how childish she is. What else would you call her actions when she tried to "dump" Mac to make him leave the island for his own safety? How can you not ask yourself "why does she always believe his work centers only around just her?" She constantly believes that if she doesn't cooperate he can't work, just like before when she though if she didn't cooperate everything he did was just to get to her. As he has pointed out many times she is part of it but it's not all about her. Anyway, going back to what I was saying... How stupid did she think Mac was for him not to know what she was doing by being flippant and belittling their relationship. About 75% of their time together in the book she is pretty much being a jerk to him (when she first meets him, both times at the gym, the interview he won from her at the gym, the dinner Nell invited Mac, when Mac was working with Nell to monitor her when using her magic). It makes me wonder where in there did he have a chance to fall in love with her. I know she has her good points in loyalty and her sense of justice but she is too much of a jerk to even like her for that. For as much as she "protects" Mia she is constantly rude and an jerk to Mia.

  • Amy
    2019-05-21 04:24

    Really enjoying this series. Another great installment!

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-05-01 09:41

    A decent follow up from the first. Like most trilogies, reading the first tells you what you need to know about whether you'll like the rest (and you're way better off starting with the first, so, you know, read it first). This one is Riley's story and I really liked her guy, Mac. Roberts does studly geek guy very well and Mac was all kinds of highly-focused nerd. I'm less enamored of Riley, but I knew that going in as I don't really like the rash tough chick driven by a deep-seated fear and vulnerability.And again, I hated the bits from the antagonists viewpoint. Ugh.Anyway, a solid three stars with some to love and some to not like so much.A note about Steamy: On the low end of Roberts' standard. One large(ish) scene and scattered lead-ins or aftermaths of varying intensity but short duration.

  • Asounani
    2019-05-18 07:20

    Lo ciento pero con este libro no hubo forma de que hiciera Click con los personajes. Y la trama no me gusto para nada, sentí que la principal llegaba momentos en los que era muy molesta. Realmente no disfrute este libro

  • Mac
    2019-04-25 09:18

    He vuelto a leer un libro al azar de una trilogía y, como siempre, me quedo con este. Con este, en que los personajes principales son ideales: ella, fuerte, capaz, aguerrida, esconde en su interior un miedo profundo, el terror a lo que realmente es y no pudo escoger, el miedo a lo que puede hacer y no saber elegir cuando llegue el momento. Él, en cambio, es un buenazo despistado, cuyos momentos "sexy" no me pegaban nada de nada, por cierto. La historia se desarrolla en la típica isla de romance, pequeña, todo el mundo se conoce, el paisaje es hermoso y cuenta con su propia leyenda. Nora Roberts siempre es un acierto en cuanto a los personajes, el romance y la ambientación. Pero no me acaba de gustar cuando se mezcla con la magia. Ni tampoco me llama leer los otros dos libros. Le doy 3'5 puntos.

  • JuD
    2019-05-21 11:24

    Dejé este libro estancado por temas personales hace un tiempo y por fin he podido retomarlo y terminarlo. La historia de Ripley me ha gustado mucho, me he reído con sus encuentros con Mac, su forma distinta de ver las cosas y por como, poco a poco, Ripley acepta quien es realmente.Mac es un personaje que me ha gustado mucho, es un tanto peculiar y al principio parece totalmente contradictorio con Ripley pero luego combinan a la perfección.

  • Colleen
    2019-05-14 08:28

    4 StarsHeaven and Earth is definitely my favorite of this series. The push and pull between Ripley and Mac was so much fun. Ripley is the tenacious deputy sheriff on Three Sisters Island who is determined to ignore her magical ability. Mac is the adorable genius scientist determined to unlock Ripley's heart. I loved that the romance did not follow the typical damsel in distress / dominant hero troupe. Not that Mac was wimpy or anything; he just used his brain power first and foremost. And really, who doesn't love a charming, hunky scientist? What I did not like about this book and the series in general was Mia's character. She is just too damn perfect. Too effortlessly amazing at everything she does. Too powerful. Too gorgeous. So gorgeous that every male with a pulse drools after her no matter how committed they are to their own relationships. She is an ultimate Mary Sue. I don't feel the need to reread the third book in the series since it focuses on her, and I remember it well enough. But aside from Mia's attention-stealing moments, the story was charming. This is definitely a fun beach read.RATING FACTORS:Ease of Reading: 4 StarsWriting Style: 4 StarsCharacters and Character Development: 4 StarsPlot Structure and Development: 4 StarsLevel of Captivation: 4 StarsOriginality: 3 Stars

  • Cathy
    2019-05-11 08:23

    Ripley wasn't my favourite, but I'd still been looking forward to her book. Unfortunately, instead of my growing to like her through her own book it turned out to have an opposite effect. She's the type of character that I have trouble warming up to and by the end I almost disliked her.I did love the early banter between her and Mac, more of that always, please. Though his name made me snicker, because Mac Booke...really? I was charmed by Mac and his nerdy forgetfulness and absentmindedness, but it wasn't enough to win me over completely to these two. I've been waiting impatiently for Mia's book, but now I have a feeling I'm going to be left disappointed if I don't significantly lower my expectations.To end on a completely different note: I am amused by the number of women who always conveniently seem to be wearing a bra with a front clasp in romance novels. Is this an American thing? I am genuinely curious. Particularly because I've never in my life even seen one of those. I know they exist, but I don't know anyone over here who actually wears them.

  • Evelina
    2019-04-30 04:44

    Som vanligt lättläst och bra underhållning av Roberts. Gillar verkligen de karaktärer som man för följa, även om jag inte är jätteförtjust i magin som dyker upp i denna bok. Länk till recensionen: http://ewelinasbokblogg.blogspot.se/2...

  • Elisa
    2019-05-13 07:18

    Ripley haar verhaal en personage liggen mij gewoon totaal niet. Benieuwd naar Mia haar verhaal. Zij lijkt mij het meest interessant van de 3 zusters.

  • Zel Polev
    2019-04-27 06:22

    I liked it as much as the first book. It was just alright. It was a light read. I think I only stuck out to read Mia's story. I found her to be the most compelling one even though neither of the first two books are about her. The story revolves around Ripley. She suppresses her powers because she is afraid of it. She can't control it when her emotions are high and she isn't prepared to deal with the aftermath if she ends up hurting those around her. The antagonist in this book is the reporter. He is possessed by an evil spirit and seeks to hurt the witches. He tracks Nell down for a story but ends up possessed. He gets consumed by violence. Ripley was affected too but was saved. Her partner is a scholar. Apparently, he is a descendant of the witches too. He ends up as the third witch in the circle at some point in the story. They subdue the reporter but there is portent of more things to come. They found out that the evil force is after Mia.

  • Readsandeats
    2019-05-25 10:24

    I really enjoyed this book. It was good to be back on 3 sisters island, to catch up with the characters again. Mac was a great foil for Ripley. It was nice to see Ripley accept who she was and for her to trust not only herself but those around her. I would recommend this book and the whole series.

  • Stef
    2019-04-30 11:29

    Romance, suspense, action-packed, witches, humor, MF. I really enjoyed reading and just loved this Three Sisters Island Trilogy. :-) Would recommend this series and a few others as I starting on the Nora Roberts journey. :-) Book 2== Ripley and Mac fight each other's affections as they try not to fall for each other. Mac is doing research into Mia and finds more about his family history as well. Great ending start book 3 tomorrow.

  • María
    2019-05-17 05:21

    Me ha gustado mucho, pero esque Ripley muchas veces me sacaba de quicio, menos mal que Mac es un amor (lo quiero en mi vida) y me hacía suspirar muchas veces. Tengo muchas ganas de ver cómo acaba la trilogía y de por fin tener a Mia como protagonista.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-16 08:43

    I didn’t like this book as much as the first one. I found Ripley’s constant anger annoying and Mac too much of a cliche while their story wasn’t as engaging as Nell’s. I loved the first book so I hope the third one will be better!

  • Amanda
    2019-05-14 05:27

    3.5/5I ended up really enjoying this installment of the Three Sisters Island Trilogy, but not as much as I enjoyed the first book. It was nice to get back in this world with the characters I grew to love in the first story, and I liked focusing on Ripley. I'm looking forward to reading the final book to see how everything wraps up!

  • Camille
    2019-04-25 10:28

    Yes, her magical series are redundant and some are much better than the others, but there’s still something to enjoy and by which to feel moved.

  • Francesca
    2019-05-04 03:18

    J’ai été moins emportée par ce time, essentiellement à cause de Ripley qui m’a tapée sur les nerfs avec son comportement permanent de garce.

  • Illiana
    2019-04-25 07:34

    Ännu en härlig bok från Nora Roberts om Three sisters island. Lättläst, mysig och med magiska inslag. Längtar tills tredje delen kommer ut, som kommer handla om den tredje 'systern' Mia.

  • Fransisca Fles-hofland
    2019-05-08 08:29

    Goed geschreven boek wat je snel wilt uitlezen. Op naar deel 3. Ben benieuwd hoe het gaat.

  • Georgette
    2019-05-03 10:30

    I picked up Dance Upon the Air from my favourite bargain bin and found it full of corny stuff that I enjoy. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's a trilogy, and I have to track the other two down.[return][return]The Three Sisters Island Trilogy opens with a prologue of three witchesEarth, Air and Fire - who used their power to create a sanctuary from prosecution during the Salem witch trials. They found refuge on the island, but each witch went on to enter relationships that ultimately led them to their deaths. Their descendants must break the curse or the island will sink back into the ocean.[return][return]Dance Upon the Air sees a timid Nell Channing arriving at island three centuries later. She is immediately "adopted" by Mia Devlin, the proprietor of Cafe Book. Mia hires her to cook at the cafe and helps her settle into a little cottage. Sheriff Zack Todd begins courting her. For the first time, Nell felt safe and secure, with friends and a life to call her own.[return][return]We gradually learn Nell s secret; she faked her own death to escape her abusive husband. When Evan Remington discovers that she is not dead after all, he bears down on her hard and fast, threatening everything she has come to love.[return][return]I found book two in a local bookstore. This didn't surprise me because our bookstores are good at stocking the orphan "middle" book(s). It also didn't surprise me that days of searching didn't turn up book three.[return][return]In Heaven and Earth, the focus switches to Ripley Todd, the quick-tempered deputy sheriff and Nell's sister-in-law.[return][return]While Nell freely embraced her powers and Mia never abandoned hers, Rip made a conscious decision to walk away. This happened many years ago when Mia had her heart shattered by Sam Logan, another name that gets a lot of mention.[return] [return]Rip s troubles began when paranormal researcher MacAllister Booke arrived; sniffing around at the island s purported paranormal activities. He is intrigued by Rip, and pursues her for both business and pleasure. She falls for him, but not without protesting as much as a maiden in a Victorian romance novel.[return][return]When danger looms, the eye-for-an-eye Rip has to be careful not to repeat what her ancestor didbreak the witch s vow not to harm others. [return] [return]My friend in KL called to let me know she found book three. I was content to wait for her to bring it home, but when I mentioned it to a fellow bookworm here, she said, "I have the whole set!"[return][return]Face The Fire is about Mia Devlin, so far the most intriguing of the three. We've already been through two books with her as an unflappable supporting character, so it was a little startling to discover her human side. [return][return]Like Rip, her story was set in motion with the arrival of a manSam Logan, who walked out on her years ago and left her an inconsolable wreck. Mia had since pulled herself together and moved on, locking her heart away so she will never be hurt like that again. She still (obviously) holds a candle for Sam, and his return confused and frustrated her.[return][return]But Mia s personal battle with evil has arrived. To triumph and save her island, Mia must resolve her complicated relationship with Sam, who is also a witch himself and completes the elemental theme in the book with his own powers over Water. [return][return]Everyone has their own definition of "light reading" and mine is Nora Roberts. Her characters are interesting and good looking, the sex is hot and the series of situations they get caught in are mostly unbelievable. In short, things like this don't happen to real people, but that's why we read about it.[return][return]Like most Hollywood blockbusters, you don t have to get your brain involved, but anything that helps me de-stress by escaping reality for a while is considered time well spent.[return][return](2006)

  • Mel
    2019-05-18 05:38

    I liked the first book in the trilogy, but this one just wasn't anywhere near as good for me. I like all the characters overall, but as far as main characters, I liked Nell and Zack much better than Ripley and Mac. It's really personal preference; I'm not much of a fan of nerdy intellectual types as heroes and not much of a fan of brash, rude heroines. Hopefully Mia's story in the third part is better. This book only gets three stars because Zack and Nell are in it a lot; otherwise I think it would be a two star effort.The villain in the first book was also much better; this time around the villain was silly and contrived. Something that's starting to get pretty silly is the level of magic and witch content. I realize it's the major theme of the trilogy, but at least in the first book, it wasn't too far out of the realm of possibility with the types of spells they were doing. By this book, we've moved far away from possible and much closer to ridiculous. We have a character who hasn't exercised her power for 10 years, yet within a few days of starting to use it again, she seems to have no trouble healing wounds in seconds (only by touch) and traveling (with her mind) thousands of miles to see what one particular person (someone she doesn't know and has never met) on the other side of the country is doing with no difficulty or effort at all; she isn't even the slightest bit tired afterwards. I realize there's supposed to be an element of the supernatural here, but I prefer my supernatural to at least have a touch of possibility to it and we've moved way past that in this book. If it weren't for wanting to find out what Mia's story is and more of Zack and Nell, I would probably just quit the series after this book. Another thing I will say is I wish Nora Roberts would do better research for her novels. She completely killed any feelings of desire I may have felt for Mac as soon as she mentioned early on that Ripley admired his ability to bench 120 lbs. If she had spent 5 minutes researching male strength in regards to weightlifting, she would have learned that 120 lb reps for a male in his 30's who regularly works out is far below what it should be. 120 lbs is beginner level lifting for men with small builds who have minimal muscle. His 20 lb curls also were really bad for the same reason. A man used to lifting regularly should be able to handle twice as much with no problem. The scene would have been so much better if she'd have left out the actual amount of weight and just let me mentally fill in how much I thought he would be lifting, especially since she seems so clueless about the subject. From that point on, I couldn't picture Mac looking like anything other than a skinny weakling and I'm sure that's not what the author intended.