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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

I am such a sucker

His Penniless Beauty - Julia James

For HPs with the poor, misunderstood waif heroine and the judgmental asshole Greek billionaire hero.  It's very much a guilty pleasure and Julia James is a master with this plot. This one's just a tad too overwrought to make it over 4 stars but on the plus side:  No Secret Baby!  

 

Since I am in confessional mode tonight ... Ms. James's Baby of Shame was the second HP I read. (The first was Penny Jordan's Marriage to Claim his Twins.)  I was drawn in by the reviews that exclaimed over how much the lead characters hated each other. And then there was the awful title. I was an innocent to the ways of HPs and just had to read it to discover how an author could possibly turn that into a romance.  I think it imprinted on me. I keep reading it over and over - different titles, different authors, same plot.  Every one of them makes me cry.  And I must admit I love them, even when they are not very good.