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A complete rip off!!
on May 12, 2009
I'm so SICK of the shameless marketing tactic this mediocre book represents. Avaricious publishing companies now routinely publish the early works of popular authors, giving the reader almost no notice that what they've purchased is that author's very early, fledgling work. This is a reprehensible practice that takes unfair advantage of readers. A loyal, faithful fan ends up paying an exorbitant price for what he/she believes is his/her favorite author's "latest" work, anticipating the top-notch quality this dedicated reader has come to expect. Imagine the crushing disappointment when the book ends up being the poorly written piece of poo-poo you'd expect any author's first work to be.
That's been my experience, over and over again, particularly with romance writers. You'd think I'd learn to check the copyright date before purchasing. It's just that I've been waiting sooooo long for a new work from Gennita Low, that I happily scooped up this "new" book without a thought. Nope, didn't even read the author's note at the front of the book where she offers this book as a way to "give something back" to her loyal readers. Sorry, Gennita, but if this is your idea of a gift, you're not invited to my birthday parties!
Sorry to say it, but like every other "early work" I've read of my favorite authors, this book did not measure up to Gennita's other works. The writing is painfully bad. The clumsy, stilted dialogue. The ridiculously clueless heroine. The florridly described love scenes. Don't get me wrong: you can definitely see some promise here. But for $11.55, I want (and deserve) far more than that. Let's face it, this book wasn't published earlier because the publishing company didn't think it would sell. They're right: it wouldn't have sold then. It shouldn't be sold (or bought)now.