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About the Author
- ASIN : B06XJJ55TM
- Publisher : The Passionate Pen (March 11, 2017)
- Publication date : March 11, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 4120 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 115 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #147,790 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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They barely spent any time together getting to know each other except for their handful of liaisons. Which while they were typical of Jess Michaels writing style (i.e. steamy---especially the lake scene) seemed to take up the entire book.
Book 1 was amazing and book 2 was darn good but it seems #3 was where the problem began and #4 is where it ended. I wonder if because of contracts the author had to put a certain number of books out in the year and therefore started to rush to get them done since there was no real creativity to them.
If you want a quick read with some good love scenes then this book will fit the bill. If you enjoy Jess Michaels and want a bit more substance, heart and emotion to your reading library then read Taken by the Duke.
My reason for rating this book at 1 star is because the author decided to be lazy. She reused the exact same text from the previous book in the series.
Now I know, sometimes that's typical of a writing style and other times it's needed to build the story. But in this case it seemed a very high percentage of the book was taken from the previous novel.
The previous book introduced us to main characters as well as their best friends. The main characters have a love affair while at the same time their respective best friends also have a love affair.
This book dives deeper into the friends love affair. However nothing new is being told. Not only does the author use SO MUCH word-for-word copy between the two books that I feel like I've read the same book twice, but the previous book already provided an ending... complete with epilogue. I knew exactly how everything would turn out (although to be fair, it's a romance novel so chances of a happy ending are high).
I was basically bored while reading this and now that I'm writing this review, I feel like I should get my money back. I shouldn't have to pay for the same book twice.
I really enjoy a good series that showcases different characters in each book and Beautiful Distraction is no exception. In this book, the hero and heroine are the close friends of the previous book's hero and heroine. Malcolm and Olivia are both steadfastly loyal to their friends, Liam and Violet. This loyalty informs the choices both Malcolm and Olivia make later in the novella and you can't help but root for both of them at the same time - despite the two characters having two different goals! Malcolm and Olivia's attraction to one another is instant and passionate, quickly turning lust into love. The story draws you in quickly and keeps you wondering what will happen next. As with almost all of Jess Michaels' books, when I got to the end I said, "That's it!?" But in a good way! I liked these characters and wanted to see more of them beyond what happened at "The End." I was not ready to let them go.
One of the trickiest things above writing a novella is that an author must introduce characters, build a story, and wrap it up in a satisfying conclusion, all without the reader feeling rushed or left with lingering questions. This may sound easy, but I personally think the novella is one of the hardest writing forms, simply because an author must do all those things just as well as would be expected from a full-length novel. That's a tall order! Jess Michaels comes very close to delivering that order in Beautiful Distraction, but ultimately falls just a little short. I though the characters' declarations of love and Malcolm's forgiveness came too quickly and there was a lingering plot point that was never resolved. I'm not sure if this is because I haven't read Beauty and the Earl yet or merely a limitation of the novella format.
I still recommend checking out this short piece. It's only 99 cents on Amazon (at the time of this post) and is a fun introduction to Jess Michaels' characters and writing style. For anyone who has read Beauty and the Earl, it's also a great filler explaining what was happening between Malcolm and Olivia while Liam and Violet were busy elsewhere.
Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews