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Fighting For You (Redemption Book 1)
Fighting For You (Redemption Book 1)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who needs a Plot?, June 13, 2014
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"Story" is told from point of view of male lead. He is a jerk. Why? He had a bad childhood. He has mental health challenges. Don't care. Doesn't really tell a story and apparently is intended to be a teaser so you will buy more of the "Redemption" series. Don't waste your time or money or space on a Kindle with unlimited space. No socially redeming grace in this book. Ugh!!! Apparently this author has written a number of "books" which are really chapters in a boring existence. The term "redemption" lmust be included to let you know that there is a point to the words on the paper, as I don't see much of that or anything else in this book. Highly recommend not wasting the short period of time it took to read this book.


Knight's Caress
Knight's Caress
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2.0 out of 5 stars Needs Editing and a Reality Check, June 11, 2014
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As others have stated, this is a standard plot, with significant plot advancement based upon the unwillingness of the hero and heroine to actually double check what is happening in their relationship. I found some of these ideas pushed too long. Further, there was too much reliance on each of them saving each other's lives for me. These times were dangerous, but life saving used more than once per hero/heroine is too much for me. The final straw, however, was when the Happily Ever After (HEA) included forgiving a former girlfriend for bad actions and everyone understanding and loving each other at the end. Really??? It's okay to behave badly if you did so because you were thwarted in love? Hum. Not so much. The grammar did not grate, but I will not read more of this author's works until there is an element of understanding that I suspend my disbelief of the situations created, the characters still have to act and react with normal human responses. The second star is because I believe that this book could be edited into a book I would enjoy.


Emerald Queen (A Vieux Carré Romance)
Emerald Queen (A Vieux Carré Romance)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Needs Editing, June 8, 2014
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The author has some interesting plot ideas, but needs to be more realistic in the use of the plot twists. I could not complete this book, as I totally stopped believing that the Heroine could pull off the disguise which was central to the plot. I mean, how many green eyed people are there? Green is a very unusual color. Further, green eyes and black hair, approximate height, nose and eye configuration included, are all part of what is perceived about the people we meet. I seriously doubt that this disguise could have worked for more than a week or two. Further, I dislike the impostion of the 21st century idea that women should choose to be self-supporting on a society that trained girls to expect to accomplish their goals through marrying the proper man. An editor would shorten the length of the book, shorten and make more believable the plot twists and greatly improve this book. The author appears to have decent writing skills and ideas worth development, but this book just doesn't work for me.


The Alpha's Touch Boxed Set (14 Book Bundle)
The Alpha's Touch Boxed Set (14 Book Bundle)

1.0 out of 5 stars Short Novellas tout Other Books: Skip this and go direct, May 8, 2014
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Again, disregarded a review to my detriment! These are a bunch of Novellas, some with half-way decent story lines, but all which require that you buy from the author to get the completed story. Or I assume they will complete the stories, as I will not be finding out by buying from these authors. Flora Dare had a decent story line, but her "Novella" was about two chapters long.
I buy Boxed sets to discover authors whose books I would enjoy. However, I expect them to give me a full book to read, not just a few chapters to hook me into the story line. Even if that were sufficient of a hook, having one story line worth following isn't adequate.
Save your money. If you want to find out about the author, buy a full book of theirs. While I don't create a "don't read list", having this boxed set in their list of books will be a HUGE negative if any of them actually put a book into the new author's queue of books on sale.


Nothing But Scandal (The Daring Damsels Book 1)
Nothing But Scandal (The Daring Damsels Book 1)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Watch the Paint Dry, May 8, 2014
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Disregarded warnings that this book was slow moving, so I have learned that lesson. The hypothesis or story line flaws become much more evident when the story drags. The heroine's approach to life is 21st century. She doesn't like the future outlined for her by her parents, so she steps in and takes charge, doing so without including marriage. In the century written, I doubt that any female wishes to remain unwed. Furthermore, a beautiful, young woman with no particular training becoming a nanny in a household with a present young husband is not likely. The women in the novel are too independent for the time. The men are too introspective to be real. Not worth buying, nor reading if free.


Coming in Hot: SEAL EXtreme Team
Coming in Hot: SEAL EXtreme Team
by Kimberley Troutte
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.69
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who needs training?, May 6, 2014
While this book has an interesting plot, the Heroine is an egotistical control freak. Publishers of romance novels ask that the heroines be "strong and independent". Here the author believes that equates to real stupidity, which is supposed to show that the Heroine is a "take charge" girl. She is. But she sure lacks any modicum of common sense. Apparently the Heroine has absorbed by osmosis all the skills required to become a Seal by being the Admiral's daughter. She insists on participating in the rescue, which is apparently viewed as cute and endearing rather than stupid. The response of the actual Seals, staying on the task, also fails to ring true. There is also a disregard for the value of human life in that the "team" that the Heroine puts together is completely "taken out" by the Seals, along with a number of bad guys.
Don't even think editing would fix this book.
Bought this in the Kindle grouping, and many of the other authors are quite good, so it was not a total waste.


Race to Kill (Love and Scandal Book 1)
Race to Kill (Love and Scandal Book 1)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Raced too Publication; Needs Serious, Heavy Editing, April 25, 2014
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Needs both content and gramatical editing. I don't know what the author means when she says: "it didn't look like he wasn't". Pick one or the other, or actually just say it. I also disliked the equating of a bedroom of beige, white and gold as creating a classy lady. The owner could be quite classy, but so could someone with a bedroom of pinks, blues, greens or other colors. Bland coloring is generally an indication of either recent move in, short term occupancy, lack of personalization, or even a desire to focus on artwork or art pieces without distraction from wall colors. It truly has nothing to do with classiness. Also, you only need to describe a bedroom once in a novel. Here the male lead does this analysis of the female lead's bedroom twice. What, can't he remember the first time he did this? This is why I don't think anyone read this after the author wrote it.
The male protagonist says "Men are idiots". If a woman said such a thing about women, she would be lynched. The sentence added labels, but could have been said in a less self-depricatory manner. I don't think an "alpha male" would use such terms. (You don't have to tell me when your protagonist is an alpha male. I can see this.) There are also gratuitous politically-correct ideas thrown in which do not advance the plot.
There is an interesting premise which could have been developed well. I suspect that if even the author had re-read this book, many of the gramatical errors would have been corrected. What a shame!


Conquests
Conquests

1.0 out of 5 stars Needs Editing. Internal Inconsistencies. Very unrealistic human interaction., April 21, 2014
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This book SERIOUSLY needs a good CONTENT editor. The internal inconsistencies mentioned by other reviewers are evident. It appears to be so long that the author has forgotten things about her protagonists. Hero can't read or write and doesn't know Latin, but is able to write to the Pope. Hum. ALSO it does seem unlikely that the men in this book are as wimpy and lacking in testosterone as they would have to be to behave as they do. All in all, seems like a self-published work of a middle schooler. Not worth down loading at any price. If free, don't waste your time.
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Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel
Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cancel This TV Show!, April 8, 2014
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This 20th book in a series reads like a sit-com TV show repeating its original plot. While the mystery genre of books allows a single protagonist to develop slowly, through a number of books, the romance genre typically reflects a relationship beginning through a predictable “end” of marriage. A novel genre might include a romance which is developed beyond this “end” of marriage to reveal typical issues arising in a marriage and showing the protagonists responses.
As a reader, I don’t want to read a TV show. This show has a klutzy, commitment-phobic lead with two commitment-phobic foils. It has such predictability that for a TV show it might be “cookie cutter”. There is not going to be an outcome of this book series, though, as the author has a following for whom she can do no wrong and who are guaranteed to purchase anything she writes.
The mystery portion is clouded with klutzy interaction. The romance between the three protagonists is going nowhere. The sole “development” this book revealed is how very little connection there is between the heroine and her purported boyfriend.
Don’t waste your time or money. There are quite a few authors with Kindle books that have resolutions. This one doesn’t and won’t.


Morgan's Hunter: Book One In The Bodyguards Of L.A. County Series
Morgan's Hunter: Book One In The Bodyguards Of L.A. County Series
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Terrible Two's Heroine!! Don't touch that mouse!!, March 23, 2014
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This book has an interesting story line which is totally ruined by the characters. All the wise, good lines are given to the men. The heroine is sexy, well-built, not afraid to get dirty, but also stubborn, without the least commonsense and with no active sense of survival. Stopped reading when I was rooting for the sexy, former military hero to wise up and move on. Gentle reader, do not be deceived. If an employee ever tells her boss "You can't make me", such as this heroine did, that employer will most likely say "Hide and watch", NOT "isn't she so cute!" A parent who survives her child's terrible twos and teenaqe years is unlikely to find such an attitude "cute" at 26.
The tale also suffers from the author's sense that the heroine needs a more noble purpose - solving the murders of her friends. Unfortunately, the word never gets to the heroine who blithely puts herself in the same place as her friends were when they got killed without doing any detective work. She suffers from angst over the pictures of her murdered friends without the least concept that she is endangering herself.
Gentle reader, search for the heroine who is persistent in the face of failure, not stubbornly denying the facts given her. It is not "independent" to refuse to accept advice, especially advice from those who are older and wiser and "on your side".
There are other plot inconsistencies which might be remedied by an editor, but the book really just needs an adult heroine.


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