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2 Ratings
Avg - 2.50
The Unclaimed Mail Order Bride (MF) by Paige Cameron (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Contemporary, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 1 - Poor

I had to give up on the book partway through. Unfortunately, the writing is incredibly stilted, dialogue is lacking rhythm, and overall, it reads like a rough draft. I have read other books from this author and enjoyed them, but this was a definite miss for me. There were problems with wrong words being used, spelling errors, grammar, but they weren't overwhelming, so that didn't bring the rating down for me. My issue with it lies mainly where there are often times the flow in a scene feels very off, especially when Art is being confronted the day the heroine arrives. The dialogue was rough, definitely could have used a proof read to see where the sentences didn't make sense. I recommend passing on this book

Reviewed by: Lindsey (Date: 09/24/2017)
Total reviews by this reviewer: 7 See all my reviews


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6 Ratings
Avg - 4.50

Okay, to start, this isn't a bad book. I don't regret buying it, and I might read it again sometime in the future. If you have read Becca Van, then this is going to feel a little familiar. It is essentially her last couple of non paranormal books combined into one story, but new names. The timing was a bit confusing at the beginning. The 8 years reference is just misleading and can be disregarded; it isn't really relevant except to show her nomadic life in foil to the romance and stability and provide a basis for character development. That's fine, but I thought the 8 years was in reference to the attack, and isn't explained very well. This isn't a huge deal, but is a flaw. becca Van is improving in her writing, fewer grammar mistakes, and conversation is more fluid. However, she is stuck on heroes' love at first sight of the heroine, and has a plot that is getting a bit lazy. For the sake of speed of publications, her plots are very much wash, rinse, repeat. That being said, it is a quick, fluffy read, and I will certainly continue to try her books. I think if the author did some research, tried expanding on her plots, she'd really increase quality. Anytime one of her heroines has ambition or is a workaholic, the story becomes implausible and...well, bad. If the heroine is described as a rancher or secretary, try it. If she is a cop or pilot, etc, don't waste your time; it will read very amateur, lacking any credibilty. So, should anyone buy this book? Sure. It is a nice read, nothing too thought-provoking, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Reviewed by: Lindsey (Date: 02/26/2015)
Total reviews by this reviewer: 7 See all my reviews


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14 Ratings
Avg - 4.07
Their Forever Home (MFM) by Marla Monroe (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Science Fiction, Futuristic

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

With each book marla monroe releases, her writing improves. The story building is different, better in this border book, and the characters have more personality. I wIsh there was more substance to the book, but it was good

Reviewed by: Lindsey (Date: 02/06/2015)
Total reviews by this reviewer: 7 See all my reviews


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36 Ratings
Avg - 4.72

There are so many male love interests in this book even the author couldn't keep track of them. The heroine, Alana, has an old boyfriend Gabe that has PTSD and enough angst to make you gag. He is largely anti social, so imagine my surprise when he suddenly appears with his friends at the bar at the beginning of the book. While ALana is bartending, three of the guys are flirting with her, but the author starts confusing Geno and Gabe's names. Normally, you wouldn't notice, since all of her male personalities are usually the same, but in this case, rather obvious mistake, since he is supposed to be hiding away. Proof reading is a good tool before asking for money for a book. I have been on the fence with Dixie Lynn Dwyer; I really like her work for a while, especially when there are 2 heroes, there seems to be chemistry. Her more recent work is...not good. Conversations are stilted and expositional (don't use conversation to tell us familial relationships constantly, etc), making it very awkward to read and difficult to connect with a character. I have to think, if the author can't keep the characters straight in her head, maybe reduce the number of them. At this point, it is making her work suffer. I will not be purchasing anything further from this writer. Too many blatant plot holes, mistakes, choppy dialogue to be worth the money.

Reviewed by: Lindsey (Date: 02/06/2015)
Total reviews by this reviewer: 7 See all my reviews


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48 Ratings
Avg - 4.35

I struggled with this book. Characters have cardboard personalities, the chauvinism is increased to the point that female seems to be equivalent to incompetent. The heroine, an acknowledged much admired cop, is forced to give up her gun when people are trying to kill. I think because they thought she wasn't stable, due to her drawing the gun when she was startled once. The excuse seemed flimsy, and a plot device to put her to a disadvantage, thus needing the 'heroes.' I really hated the guys in this book. None have personalities outside of being sexist horny guys with a hard on for being seals. We are told about them being in the military so many times, but there is practically nothing else described about them. We know they are buff and one ex girlfriend got into an abusive relationship. Dixie Lynn dwyer aspires to large menage relationships that are such a deterrent to her quality of story. Avoid this book; it'll be aggravating with no hook or redeeming qualities. Her earlier books with three or less heroes are much better. Each book she publishes is getting worse, turning into mushy cardboard characters with the same plot in each book. The only thing that changers are the names of the heroes.

Reviewed by: Lindsey (Date: 01/16/2015)
Total reviews by this reviewer: 7 See all my reviews


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1 Ratings
Avg - 1.00
Second Chances (MF) by Kaylee Feagans (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$3.5
Categories: Contemporary

This reviewer's rating: 1 - Poor

Wow...they are some serious problems with this book. 1, wasn't proofread. The grammar is surprisingly fine, but words are used incorrectly, words are missing, threw will be used instead of thrown, etc. 2, the dialogue is incredibly awkward. Conversations go on tangents, and suddenly the characters are talking about a slip of the tongue that never happened. There isn't a single conversation in the book that didn't make me confused. 3, major plot holes. The most blatant has to do with Simon and his phone. In the beginning, he is calling the heroine, Lizabeth, and one scene has to do with her checking his phone and deleting her numbers, but in the next chapter, his guardian says she hasn't paid his phone bill in quite a while, so he couldn't have been calling her...except he did like the day before. There are more than just this incident, as well. For such a short book, there are a lot of plot holes. I can't recommend reading this book for free, let alone spending money on it. The author seems smart, but I don't think she has a talent for story telling. I will not read anything by her in the future. I deleted the book and wish I hadn't wasted my money on it.

Reviewed by: Lindsey (Date: 01/15/2015)
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3 Ratings
Avg - 3.00
Forever Her Loves (MFM) by Gabi Tarantino (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 2 - Fair

The author tries so hard to create an introspective and self discovering atmosphere, but it quickly becomes repetitive and angsty. Too many couples evaluate their relationships, character development becomes a way for the author to remove conflict and create an almost hallmark summation of relationships. We hit so any tropes, misunderstanding from eavesdropping, wounded war heroes, amnesia, etc. Not good. Grammar was pretty bad, often used then instead of than, instead of over the threshold, it becomes over the fresh hold. Very evident there was no editor, and it reads a bit rough. Cops are called constantly whenever a family member shows up, and it gets to the point where the book becomes unintentionally funny. I would not recommend purchasing this book at this time.

Reviewed by: Lindsey (Date: 01/07/2015)
Total reviews by this reviewer: 7 See all my reviews


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