- File Size: 1042 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Publisher: eKensington (August 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2013
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BTG44O2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A chance meeting puts a drop-dead gorgeous dance teacher on her radar, and the next thing she knows, she’s signing up for lessons. Unfortunately, it appears that every other woman in the class has the same intentions that she does, but she’s determined not to let that stop her, even if she feels clumsy and out of place when facing the man of her dreams.
But...If the synopsis has you thinking this is a romance, think again. Despite its classification as one, The Merchant of Venice Beach is simply a long-winded story about a woman who clearly has no idea what she wants and goes about getting it in all the wrong ways. The cover, while not bad at all, is all wrong in context. I’m not sure who that buff guy is supposed to be, and the bikini girl he’s carrying appears nowhere in the story. Really the only correlation between the cover art and the actual story is the fact that it takes place in a beach town.
I kept reading, first expecting the dance teacher to show a better side and be the dream guy Suzanna wanted him to be. Then I started wondering when she was going to realize what a complete jerk he was and find someone better. Then I wondered if that carpenter guy was going to be the solution to her romance dilemma. And then I just wondered why the hell I bothered reading the whole thing.
I hate to be completely negative about a book, especially when it’s an author’s debut, but I honestly can’t name anything I really liked about it. While the synopsis promised something fun and possibly great, the story itself was little more than the ramblings of a somewhat whiny woman who was desperate enough for excitement that she allowed herself to be treated terribly by a conceited, selfish, unredeemable man. I suppose you could say the romance bit finally happened there at the end of the book, but it really had almost nothing to do with the rest of the story, and since it popped out of left field, there was no way I could get into it. The general plot was a good idea, but the story really failed to deliver.
And my take on the main characters.......
She was too much of a push over. And tell me why someone would suddenly be attracted to someone who hit them with their car, and doesn't even get out of the vehicle to see if she's okay?
And he was a total egotistical jerk, who cares about no one but himself.
That right there was a real turn off for me, but I kept reading in hopes that it would get better. But it didn't, and truefully.... it only went downhill from there.
WARNING: This is NOT a trashy romance novel, as the cover would have you believe. Even over a hundred pages in, in fact, there's very little graphic love-making. So if that's what you're into, maybe you should go watch porn or something. But I fell in love with the characters very quickly, and it became obvious that certain love-triangles would become increasingly more dramatic as the book progressed.
In a plethora of uniquely colorful settings, this author has a great way of placing you inside her characters shoes... and her conventions are a lot of fun. Can't wait for the next one!
To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I found myself really identifying with Suzanna as she searched for her true self and loving her relationship with Fernando and Eric. I really enjoyed the authenticity of the sibling relationship between her and Erinn, and hope it continues in A Comedy of Erinn (A Comedy of Erinn by Bonaduce, Celia (2013) Paperback), which I definitely plan to read next.
I don't want to give away too many details, but I can say that once I started this book I couldn't put my Kindle down! I definitely recommend it to romance fans, and to people who are new to the genre.