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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.

The Billionaire's Passion Review and Overall Review of Bundle

Harlequin Presents March 2013 - Bundle 1 of 2: Playing the Dutiful WifeExpecting His Love-ChildA Reputation for RevengeThe Greek Billionaire's Baby RevengeCaptive in the SpotlightBlackmailed Bride, Innocent Wife - Carol Marinelli, Jennie Lucas, Annie West, Robyn Donald

The final book in this bundle was Robyn Donald's The Billionaire's Passion.  It was one of the better books in the bundle and I would give it 3.5 stars as a stand alone HP.  Unfortunately it is not sold separately anywhere and is only available as part of this bundle or as part of a duo along with her Island of Secrets which is weird and not very romantic.  The leads in Billionaire's Passion have that love/hate thing going on and it comes off as pretty intense.  There's also an intriguing mystery in the book and as well as a scheming other woman.  It's good but not great.

 

The lesson of the bundle overall is:  quantity does not equal quality.  There are 8 books in this bundle.  Maybe 3 out of 8 were reasonably good for HPs.  On the other hand, only one (Captive in the Spotlight) is horrifically bad.  I can't say I recommend the bundle.  It's around 1500 pages of mediocrity.  I've read several other bundles and they've always been more enjoyable than this one, but they've also all been regular 4 book bundles.  I think from now on I'll take the doubling up as a warning.