- File Size: 4378 KB
- Print Length: 182 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Joan Reeves (March 24, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 24, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004TSCOK8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joan Reeves does a wonderful job of writing saucy heroines & quick tempered, but eventually brought around heroes. She writes about every day people with every day insecurities & every day problems; leaving the more "amourous" portions of the stories just suggestive enough as not to be offensive to more "sensitive" tastes. She keeps the readers always wanting to say, "Just shut up and kiss already!".
I'm disappointed that virtually all of her works are only available in e-books, thus leaving less electronically savvy readers or readers who depend on their local libraries for entertainment missing a good dozen or more wonderful reading opportunities. Having gone to her web site & seen her book list, I find that not even Amazon has captured the whole of her library...leaving me, the admirer, greedily wishing I could get my hands on her entire collection.
This is probably the first product review I've ever written. Does this give you an idea of how much I enjoyed this book? Here's a link to another of her wonderful stories. JANE I'm-Still-Single JONES My preferred delivery of books is audio, but I have happily taken the time to read as much of Joan Reeve's work from my Kindle applications for Smartphone & PC (available through Amazon). I love how the bookmarks sync between each other, enabling me to switch from phone to PC & back with a simple bookmark.
I hope you'll enjoy these books as much as I have.
Cover Art: 2 Stars
I really hate to be so harsh on the cover, but there are several reasons behind this. First, I feel that the art is more reminiscent of erotica than a fluffy romantic comedy with sexual encounters. Also, I just think that it is a very boring cover. The lettering is way too stylized, and the blurb is entirely too prominent. I feel the book would have been better serviced with something portraying the comedy in the book as well as the romantic setting.
Characters: 3.5 Stars
Jennifer and Matt are both character that the reader can easily get behind. Both have their own individual qualities that make them appealing. I think my only problem was that there really wasn't a lot of effort spent on character development. I liked both of the characters, but in the end, I'm not so certain I really knew them, which was a shame since both were really fun to read.
Plot: 4 Stars
I was really surprised to find this book was not as corny as it first appeared. There is a certain pattern in romance books generally expected, but it's the way the author takes the reader from point A to point B that really matters. I loved that this book evolved along the way. At first, it seemed like it would be more along the wham bam thank you ma'am lines. Instead, I was treated to this great sexual buildup that lead to an explosive end. I loved that, and unlike the trend I've been seeing lately in contemporary romances, the author actually spent some time on the buildup. This is a common complaint I have with a number of books. The "deed" is done within the first few chapters, and I'm left wondering why I should keep reading.
The only major issue I have with the plot is the believability of the back story. Yes, it makes sense that she would be upset, but it seems so strange that Jennifer would still be carrying that sort of baggage. Given all the anger she feels, it seems like she should have suffered something much worse than she did. In the end, she moved so she really didn't even have to deal with the aftermath. It just seemed like too long a time to nurse a broken heart.
Writing: 4.5 Stars
This book is well written. It's not often that I read without finding issues, but I was only able to spot two actual errors. The story has nice movement, and the progression worked well. There were a few times when the wording didn't flow as well as the rest of the book but was able to overlook since the issues were minor.
Overall: 4 Stars
Although the story followed the formulaic style of many other contemporary romances, there was enough flare for it to stand out. I liked it so much I was willing sacrifice sleep for it, and from a mom that's about as much a compliment as you can get. There were some issues with character development, and I really didn't like the cover but the story was fun. And sometimes fun is exactly what we need.
My indie, my tea and me
Romance novels are formulaic, of course. He loves her, and she loves him, but her insecurities drive her crazy until the last chapter, when she suddenly realizes that there's really no problem after all. Despite that, this novel manages to replace the angst with humor and spirit into the formula, resulting in the kind of fun read that made "Coffee, Tea, or Me?" so popular back in the 1960s.
The cost of a book these days is the time you invest in reading it, time you can never get back. I thought this to be time well spent. Recommended!
PS: don't be put off by the editting-I've heard she's waiting for Amazon to update her changes.