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353 of 360 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
Okay, I love books about musicians. I love romance. I love the characters in this book. So why did I only give it three stars? Because unfortunately I have reached my maximum and this book was the unlucky one to be the one I was reading when I reached my point of 'enough already'.

Though I may be in the minority, I am getting so tired of books that don't end. I am a long time reader of romantic fiction and a librarian and I strongly dislike the new style of having to read more than one book (usually a trilogy) to get a story told. To me, it smacks of a simply monetary reward - why write a book when you can write three and get triple the price. I know that sounds really cynical but sometimes a trilogy makes sense but more often than not - really?!? The market is being deluged by trilogies and it is driving me crazy...And it is even worse when I don't know, when I start the book, that there will be more coming. That really sets me off.

I enjoyed this book but I am starting to look at titles that, even though they get good reviews, if they continue in another book not yet published I am not buying them. Sad to make that one of my criteria but there it is. I enjoy reading books that have great stories, great characters AND AN ENDING!!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
I was upset about how abrupt the book ended. The character development was very good and it was an interesting story.However,the way it ended left me thinking I was wrong about the main character. She ended up being without understanding, compassion, or the ability to try to reason. I ended up thinking she is a selfish bitch that only accepts perfection from others. Then she actually rides off into the sunset with someone else she wasn't able to forgive. Am I wrong or: The author is going to do a sequel? The author didn't complete the book yet? The author has a Margaret Mitchell complex and ends the book dangling? Finish the book and tie up the many loose ends and I would give it a 5 star!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
Ten Days of Perfect is a smart and sexy read. I liked that there was a depth to what was going on beyond the relationship between Bo and Ember. There were just enough twists and turns that kept me guessing and glued to the page. Peeling the layers back on this story was so gratifying I only put the book down once ... to call for pizza.

The chemistry between Bo and Ember is smoldering without being overtly graphic. Don't get me wrong, I am all for a gratuitous sex scene but I think it takes tremendous talent to write the foreplay. The kind that sets your panties on fire before anyone even touches each other; that's what I am talking about. WHEW!

Ember is a magnificent protagonist; I fell hard for her (sorry, Bo!) She is a beautiful balance of strong yet vulnerable, stoic yet emotional. She is bold, passionate, independent and sarcastically witty. *swoon* She isn't perfect but her flaws made me more invested in her, not irritated by her.

Bo is about as swoon worthy as they come; he's hot and he is sensitive. He is also a musician and philanthropist so there is absolutely no hope in trying to escape his magnetism. Like Ember, he has issues he needs to work out but I got pretty mad at Bo for his imperfections. Was that fair? Maybe not, I have an unnatural attachment to Ember that biases me.

Adrian was a wild card for me; I wanted to hate this guy's guts. He completely screwed with Ember's head back in college and then reappeared to take another stab at it. At first, I thought that he was just a run of the mill manipulative egomaniac but I found myself feeling sorry for him. I don't think he is less of a manipulator but darn it, Andrea Randall made me like him anyway. Well done.

Overall: The characters were my favorite part of the book; I loved how each of them revealed themselves in their own way and in their own time. They each set their own pace, taking care not to fall prey to predictability. I liked the lack of contrived formula character development that can plague the romance genre. It was obvious to me that the author took a lot of time and great care to write a great love story with a fresh character profile. I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for a great romance but is looking for something outside of the generic hero/ heroine role. It was a wonderful read and I am already anticipating Reckless Abandon (#2)!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
First let me address the plot type situation. It was literary brain freeze. I am not a fan of insta-love! Insta-lust...maybe, but I just can't do the love at first sight thing. It's like eating ice cream (hehehe...cream) way too fast...it gives you brain freeze. It needs to be savored, enjoyed, licked sensually and slowly from top to bottom, but that's just me. Some of you suck down your cream in one bite and absolutely love it. You go you!!

I also found myself skimming a lot the second half. I knew something was coming and was invested in wanting to know what it was, but I found myself skipping over parts trying to hurry up and get there. When I did get there, it was a little anticlimactic.

The music aspect was a definite plus though I wasn't a big fan of the music selection. That didn't make me like the story any less, but I would have liked it even more if I could have related to the music!

I want to be very clear when I say that this wasn't a bad book, it's just my personal tastes that kept me from really loving it. The heated scenes between Bo and Ember were magic. Magic as in they made my knickers completely disappear. Where are my knickers??? Hopefully in Bo's back pocket.

Despite my feelings about this book (good or bad), Andrea Randall guarantees I'll be reaching for the sequel with an ending like that! What. The. Hell. Okay sorry, but...WHAT THE HELL!!! I'm curious to see how Ms. Randall further develops her story and am looking forward to seeing her grow as an author. READ ON!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
I HATE a book written with an open ending to just press you to buy the next to see what happens! Grrrrrr. It ends just like there's another chapter but there isn't. :(
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
Let's start with the end...really, what was that? I guess the author plans to continue the story in future books, but this doesn't really make me want to read any more. It wasn't horrible, since I did stick it out until the end, but I didn't feel any connection to the characters so no need to read any follow-up books to find out what happens.

There were some incorrect words, but not too many, and mostly near the end of the book -- maybe the proofreader got lazy? (Rapped instead of wrapped, at least one your/you're mixup.)

The dialogue is pretty stupid sometimes, and I don't know anyone who actually says "Ha!" that much, so it annoyed me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
I was so into this book. I loved the characters. I thought November was such a well written character. She was funny and strong. I also enjoyed Bowan. But then the book ended without any warning. I was angry and frustrated. Who thought it was a good idea to just end a book with no resolution. FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This would have been a 5 star book but the ending was cruel to the readers.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2014
Go ahead and read this book if you like to read about any of the following: binge drinking, shoes, constant juvenile texting, "I Love You/I Hate You" conversations, the f-bomb in pretty much every sentence, the h's incessant bawling/sobbing/crying (although she gets to tell everyone else off whenever she feels compelled), eye rolling, and "soul-crushing" love. I skimmed most of it hoping that I'd get to something good. But when the h's boss tells her to take the week off due to her break up with her boyfriend of fewer than 10 days, I laughed out loud. I can suspend reality when there's something worthwhile in a book, but this one just didn't do it for me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2013
I should have known when the two main characters are named Ember (short for November) and Bo (short for Bowan) that this book was going to be artificial and extremely shallow. How so many people gave it a positive review is beyond me. The characters in the book are so unbelievable, not to mention unlikeable. They have no depth and the author's language choice for their dialogue makes absolutely no sense. I kept thinking it was going to get better, or I was going to care about at least one of the characters, but I never did because I never got the chance. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time on this book (even if it is free from the Kindle library for Prime users). I can't understand how this book was successful enough to become a series, but I don't plan on investing any more time than I already wasted on the first book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2012
This was a great love at first sight story! Had the right amount of romance and drama. November Blue meets Bo at a bar where he is singing. Sparks fly immediately. For only covering a span of 10 days, the author did a great job of character development and feeling attachment to the characters. I can't wait for book number two!
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