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Romancing the Novel

While I am an avid reader, I primarily stick to romances. I would say that my favorites are historical romances, but I love romance novels in every category.

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Through the Smoke
Brenda Novak
How To Tame Your Duke
Juliana Gray
The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1) - Kristen Ashley

Wow... I don't even know what to say about this book. So many of my GR friends loved it, and I expected I would too. I can't say I hated it, or even that I was bored, there were just too many problems with this book to enjoy it.
First and a major turn off was the editing. I am in no way a literary snob.. NO WAY! I also love the whole idea of self publishing. But PLEASE someone point this author to an editor, hell, I will give her the name of my 7th grade English teacher. First off, did we really need to see the word fuck 364 times? blech.. I read a lot, and until this book, I don't think I have ever seen parenthesis used in a book. I'm sure there must have been instances, but in this book it was over the top and unnecessary. That topped with the run on sentences, incomplete sentences, the fact that the H, Max's lines were missing words as if he was a total illiterate hillbilly, yet he had a college scholarship and was built up that he was intelligent. The constant use of "then" was annoying. Then I did this.. then I did that ..then we .. all in one paragraph. Also the h, constantly saying, "Max-" or "Max!" or just "Max." They guy never let her finish her sentences.
I also liked the story itself, and finished it just to find out who killed Curtis. But there were too many contrived parts, too many things going on that were befuddling, too many things that just didn't serve a purpose or did not finish out. Such as her father and fiance'. what was the purpose of them showing up? What was the reason they offered Max huge amounts of money? I understand why the father did, but why did Niles? I am going to end this rant now or I will go on forever and possibly spoil it for others who will most likely enjoy this book. If I find out this authors other works are better edited, I may read them as she is quite a story teller. Just not enough of one to make it worth my time.