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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.

In His Eyes

In His Eyes - Emmie Dark In His Eyes is a wonderful second-chance romance. It’s the second Harlequin Superromance I’ve read from this author and I’ve enjoyed both of them very much. But please heed this warning: in both cases I’ve needed a tissue box at hand the entire time I was reading. Emmie Dark serves up big helpings up angst throughout the book.The heroine is a “bad girl” returned home for her grandfather’s last days and funeral to a small town in one of the wine producing regions of Australia. The hero is both the boy next door and the town leader. Their families have been feuding for years and the book has a very strong Romeo and Juliet feel to it. These two are haunted and controlled by their past and they both have very realistic flaws and problems they have to work through (partly together and partly on their own). Zoe is a runner and Hugh has more or less walled himself off from his own feelings (and they both turn out to be martyrs). They also get slammed with a load of family secrets, most of which are the source of their own insecurities and these are the main forces driving them towards resolution. Most of the book deals with their journey to deal with the past and change their futures and there is a lot of introspection. Usually it bothers me to be too much in the characters’ heads but that didn’t happen here. I found them to be very likeable and relatable characters and also found myself seriously invested in their relationship and happiness. Unfortunately most of the revelations are made by a character who does little but provide info dumps. That was really the only problem I had with the book and I’d only deduct half a star for him. There’s so much I did like about the book, including great descriptions of the small town and the vineyards and of the wine making process, secondary characters that are realistically annoying or tragic and the author’s use of both the wine making process and the weather to set the mood, that it’s one of my favorites from this year.I also found myself craving a glass of wine.