- File Size: 365 KB
- Print Length: 90 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Shine (August 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 30, 2016
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018CGZ1JI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a cute little novella and really is what it is… And what it is is a fast paced, light hearted and amusing look at how to best write romance… set in a romance novella.
I loved its simplicity; we all knew where it was going from the title and blurb, so no real surprises along the way. But it was well written, filled with humour and I loved that the people were “real” i.e. flawed but still got their happy ending. As someone known to read and (attempt) to write romance myself, I know how tough that genre is… and I also know the misconceptions a lot of people who HAVEN’T tried to write it have about it… so this tongue in cheek look into the world of romance writing was delightful. Oh, if only we could all get some theory and practicals like that in our jobs! We might all enjoy them more! ;-)
Would I recommend this book to others?
Yes I would. It is a completely entertaining, amusing and feel good romance with the right level of hot and steamy to bring a satisfied smile to your face. You know what I mean!
Would I buy this book for myself?
Maybe. I mean, there is nothing wrong with it, and I did love it… but it would depend. It is just a novella after all and would need to be priced reasonably for that reason. If so, then yes. Though, if I am honest, I would be far more attracted to an anthology of the ‘Southern Comfort Romance’ this book says it’s part of. It does make me curious to find more in this series… so either way I can say it was enjoyable enough to make me look for more.
In summary: A fun little story with all the right mix of things to make it an enjoyable quick read. An afternoon of pleasure shall we say? ;-)
Librarian Helen Lee and history professor Henry Beckham have been best friends for a long time. They live and work in the sometimes gossipy small town of Willow Springs, Kentucky. Helen is on the verge of publishing her first romance novel, however, according to her publisher, the sex scenes need some spicing up. Henry is on the cusp of proving that the big old house is the middle of town used to be a brothel, which many of the townsfolk want demolished. With his remarkable sexual prowess, Henry becomes Helen's muse, which enables her to experience and subsequently craft spiciness. At the same time, Helen accidentally discovers a piece of documentation that may save the historic brothel. While all this is going on, Helen's two elderly basset hounds provide some much needed companionship.
I really enjoyed this well-written novella. The characters are entertaining and the plot is chock full of originality. Who would of thought that Henry, a nerdy, bow-tie wearing history professor would be buff and talented in the bedroom? Who would have thought that Helen, the leading research librarian at Pembroke College, would satisfy her dream of writing successful erotic novels? Helen and Henry are perfect for each other, and Ms. Title does a wonderful job of exploring their talents and inhibitions. Overall, a solid read.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
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