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Cancelled (Love story from a male POV) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Ann West
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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"A fun, romantic read with a surprising twist: a real, believable, and utterly sympathetic protagonist--who happens to be male." -- Anne R. Allen, best-selling author of The Gatsby Game, Ghostwriters in the Sky, and Sherwood, LTD.

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"What the hell did you send me home with last night?"

Robotics engineer Johnathan Michaels knows all about biding his time. For three years he's worked next to his best friend and idea of a perfect woman, Alexis Rodriguez. Their friendship sparks into something more while saving the company's first multi-milion dollar contract and Johnathan's life appears to be on track. A successful company, a budding romance...until a previous one-night stand returns Johnathan's shirt. Pregnant. And it's his.

Now Johnathan's scrambling to keep up at work, strengthen his relationship with his new girlfriend, and deal with his impending fatherhood. How long can he keep it all going before his love life is CANCELLED?

CANCELLED bends the rules of contemporary romance and chick-lit with a male POV and a twist on the ending. 75,000 words.


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"A fun, romantic read with a surprising twist: a real, believable, and utterly sympathetic protagonist--who happens to be male." -- Anne R. Allen, best-selling author of The Gatsby Game, Ghostwriters in the Sky, and Sherwood, LTD.

From the Author

January 7, 2013
Thank you for considering my debut novel, Cancelled! Over one thousand copies have sold to date, completely exceeding my expectations for a story I feared would ruffle genre feathers. 

The story concept first came from sitting next to a man on a plane in 2005. As I was flying my own stepson back and forth from Texas and Virginia as his escort, all in one day, one man's drama trumped my drama. He was married, but during a separation for him and his wife, he dated another woman. As his wife wanted to reconcile their marriage, he found out that his girlfriend was pregnant with his child!

While Cancelled is not a direct re-telling of that anecdote, it intrigued me to explore the "baby momma drama" romance story line from a different perspective than what's normally out there. It was fun to write, I hope fun to read, and a fiction project I am still working on with at least one sequel planned.

The refreshed interest in Cancelled has impacted my 2013 writing schedule, moving the sequel, working title Served, up on the slate.

So again, thank you for ALL of the reviews, even the feedback telling me Cancelled wasn't a good book for you. I truly appreciate every single reader taking any kind of time with my writing. I look forward to having new fiction material published this year.

Always Smiling,
Elizabeth Ann West

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  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466397373
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MW1RL2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment January 31, 2012
By CJW
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I prefer books with happy endings where the protagonists live happily ever after, which could explain why I was left feeling cheated after finishing Cancelled. It started out with some promise but the ending was a let down. I kept reading, waiting for the story to get better but it never did. I was relieved when Alexis finally dumped self-centered Johnathan. He was supposedly madly in love with her but was barely disturbed when she broke off their engagement. I also found there to be too much techie talk for those of us with no knowledge of how that stuff works, it got a little boring and I found myself skipping these parts. Overall I found this book to be a waste of my time.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cancelled was a big waste of time March 5, 2012
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This is supposed to be a love story from the male point-of-view. There was no love story here. If the author thinks that this is as deep as a man can get about love and the best he can treat his love interest then that's a sad statement. I forced myself to read the whole thing hoping I was not wasting my time. I kept waiting for something good to happen instead it was just one horrible plot twist after another. The main character is not someone I admired because he never treated any of the women in his "love" life as equal partners. It was just about a man deceiving the women in his romantic life and thinking that he was doing it all for their own good. Maybe my problem is that I like happy endings. If you do too, don't read this book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love with Honesty and Heart January 2, 2012
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Girl loves boy, boy acts elusive, girl wins him over, and they sail into the sunset. Romance books have a formula. That's not necessarily always bad. Anything well written is worth reading, but what an extraordinary surprise to find an entertaining and beguiling romance novel with a male point of view and not so standard formula.

Johnathan is unabashedly in love with his coworker. Has been for years. They've been playing a tango of dating the wrong people while avoiding their true feelings. They finally come together, but there's one problem . . . Johnathan recently woke up to an unknown woman in his bed, a woman who is now pregnant with his baby.

Never have I become so attached to a male character in a romance novel. Normally the men are cardboard cutouts and barely fleshed out. In CANCELLED, you see Johnathan struggling with the right thing to do. He puts family first, thanks to an unconventional upbringing. He avoids his psycho mother like the plague, while fully embracing his stepmother, Anna, as family. Anna quickly became one of my favorite characters in the book, outside of Johnathan of course.

Johnathan is so expertly layered; the reader gets to see his conflicts at work and in love while also watching him make difficult choices. He's not perfect, but I was rooting for him from early on. It was so refreshing and rare to be rooting for the man in a romance/chick-lit novel. Plus the ending definitely defies the romance formula, and I loved it. Not giving away anything more here.

I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy romance but are looking for something outside the standard cookie cutter story. This story is a breath of fresh air in a sometimes stale genre. And I say that as someone who enjoys a good romance every now and again. I just want them well written and interesting. This one certainly fits the bill.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No love in this love story... February 7, 2013
By Claire
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There was so much wrong with this book, it is hard to know where to begin. The title leads readers to expect a Love Story from the male POV, when in fact, there's no love story really. Nor does the main character (Jonathan) appear to have any real emotions which make you even remotely interested in his POV! I get that by the end he has "grown up" but he doesn't seem any the wiser, or nicer, or improved as a result. The story flow is very uneven with lots of business talk and totally extraneous facts thrown in that just pad the story but don't have any bearing on the plot or anything. The dialogue is heavy and lacks charm or humor. And finally, there are so many typos and grammatical mistakes that it is impossible to actually focus on the story. In all this was a very difficult book to get through. Finally, I don't require a happy ending in the books I read but frankly everything about the presentation of this one was misleading. The ending isn't UNhappy but don't expect this book to give you any kind of a lift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I had to force myself to finish this book, it dragged out for what seemed like forever. There was just so much information about what Jonathan does for a living that it seemed more like the author was trying to brag about her (inadequate) knowledge on engineering.

The portrayal of Kellie (the blonde idiot who happens to get knocked up from a one night stand with Jonathan) was annoyingly stereotypical. I understood the difference between the two women that Ms. West was trying to make, but I don't appreciate the way she did it.

This is one e-book that reminds you why free e-books are always a risk.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible ending January 2, 2013
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Do not waste your time. The main character was a selfish jerk who did not care about any female in his life. He only cared about how they helped/hurt him. I don't usually write reviews but this book was so awful and had such an unhappy ending I just had to write.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it had been 2 different stories
I would have loved reading both stories separately, but am very torn about the build-up of a relationship in the first 3/4 of the book, then a complete turn around. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Debbie VanZandt
1.0 out of 5 stars Promising premise, but utter disappointment
I honestly have no idea why this book got such good reviews. The concept sounds intriguing: a romance novel told from the point of view of the man. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cynthia Parten
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the story Cancelled
The book kept my interest and it was a good story. I like the male point of view.
Thank you.
Published 9 months ago by vickie moore
2.0 out of 5 stars No further Recommendation to read
The book didn't hold my interest, even though I read the complete book. I won't recommend it to anyone.
Published 10 months ago by Pamela Hallenius
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read!
I had no idea Elizabeth was a writer! When she told me about her book, CANCELLED, I didn't hesitate to download it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the read
I was skeptical at first, but the storyline pulled me in. I enjoyed reading about AJE and how their lives were intertwined. I am glad I read it!
Published 12 months ago by TJCFTeach
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Something
I actually really liked this story and to me it showed that you can be who you want to be no matter what career or area that you choose.

First.. Read more
Published 14 months ago by iforgot2tellya
4.0 out of 5 stars not the ending you might want...
I enjoyed this book. I had read the reviews before I read the book, so I almost didn't read it. I'm glad I did. Read more
Published 16 months ago by C. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed the story line greatly. It was refreshing to read a story from a male pic for a change. Excellent
Published 17 months ago by Dawn Y
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
The story kept my interest and moved at a good pace. Not predictable, had some twists and turns. Nice people can come in first,
Published 18 months ago by Linda Prokaski
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Ann West is a jane-of-all-trades, mistress to none. After spending three years selling her non-fiction articles to websites and marketing firms, she made the jump to writing fiction in 2011. Before choosing a career in writing, she made magic at the Walt Disney World Resort and performed as a Quality Technician for Alcoa. Since then, she's learned to code apps, build websites, and make a mean cup of coffee! Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, her family now moves wherever the Navy sends them. Currently, the Navy needs her family in Connecticut.

Elizabeth is EXTREMELY proud and honored to have CANCELLED be a finalist for Best Romance in the 2013 eBook Festival of Words. Thank you to all of the readers who nominated the novel and have voted for it. You made Elizabeth smile!

To contact Elizabeth, please visit her reader site: http://elizabethannwest.com or writer@elizabethannwest.com



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