So, my bullshit meter was tripped pretty much throughout this entire book. Here’s the basics:
There were other irksome moments, too:
The cover of this books hints at playful romance, maybe even romantic comedy. Cutesy. There’s nothing funny or cutesy here. Nothing at all. And I don’t mean that it’s not funny because it’s emotional or dramatic or anything. It’s just boring.
Holy God, does this book move slow! On a positive note, if the authoring biz doesn’t work out for this author, I think she can open and run a high-end escort service, because Jesus, she’s really thought all that through. I think every logistical question anyone could ever come up with is covered in the first few chapters of this book.
And while the escort business was described in excruciating detail, I don’t really know what anyone in the story looks like. I didn’t find any descriptions of Kenzie or Nicholas.
Kenzie the Perfect
Kenzie is a paragon of virtue. She’s super hard working, so sweet you’ll get cavities if you spend too much time with her, beautiful (or, at I assume so. It’s not like the author describes how she looks), and generous to a fault. I have no interest in reading about paragons of virtue. I want to read about realistic heroines, and real women have flaws and quirks. Kenzie’s pretty much a posable Barbie Doll.
I have no problem with clean romance. I really don’t. Sometimes I even prefer it to spicy romance. But when a book is a clean romance, I think the author should disclose that loud-and-clear, because the clear trend in romance these days is explicit sex scenes. If you’re offering something out of the norm, you should tell your readers that so they aren’t disappointed.
These days, readers expect a heads-up if your book includes a cliffhanger. Some of us think that cliffhangers are nothing short of emotional blackmail. Some of us don’t appreciate an author’s attempt to blackmail readers into buying their next book. Some of us (*cough*me*cough*) think this book should have come with a cliffhanger warning.
In the end, this book earns it’s one star because I enjoyed Kenzie’s boss, Bridget. She gave off a serious Miranda Priestly vibe that I quite enjoyed. Too bad the rest of the story didn’t match up to Bridget’s awesomeness.
Full disclosure: We received an ARC from NetGalley, free of charge.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Contributes mightily. Suggest extensive, court-mandated rehab.
Other reading suggestions
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