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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.

Island of Secrets Review

Island of Secrets: The Billionaire's Passion (Harlequin Presents) - Robyn Donald

This was not as bad as I expected.  It did turn out to be a bit strange, especially in its final third.  The problem with it isn't that the hero is unredeemable or that the story made my blood boil in some way.  It's just not really a romance.  There was a lot of interesting information about Polynesian history, small business management, artisanal beauty products, etc.  I actually enjoyed all that more than I enjoyed the little bit of romance that was thrown in.  I can certainly understand why romance readers were disappointed with it. 


This is a sad bundle, especially considering it contains 4 bonus stories.  You would think at least one of them would be really good.  I have one more book to read in the bundle and it's another by Robyn Donald.  I don't have very high hopes for it. 


On a happier subject, Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it.  Happy Thursday to us all. :)