- 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: #564,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Merchant of Venice Beach (A Venice Beach Romance Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
Bored, and needing a change in her life, she had a chance encounter with an amazing man, a dance instructor that led her to taking dance lessons and more. Although secretly she yearned for Eric and had for quite sometime.
Heart catching story with humor, loneliness, romance, and great family and friendships, keep you thoroughly engrossed.
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!
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