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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.

Instant Attraction (Wilder, #1)

Instant Attraction (Wilder, #1) - Jill Shalvis I have mixed feelings about Instant Attraction. I loved the town and mountain setting and as a set up for the series it works very well. As a romance it is not quite so successful. Both the hero and heroine are likeable characters who have experienced some pretty traumatic difficulty. They are both being avoidant at dealing with their experiences but in opposite ways. Unfortunately the hero is very reluctant and runs away from emotions which I dislike in my romances. I also dislike romance (or worse yet, sex) as a substitute for therapy and that happens with both the hero and heroine here. Then there is a secondary romance based mainly on repeated misunderstandings, miscommunication and missed opportunities. I think it was supposed to add humor. Instead it annoyed me and made me dislike the female character intensely which is not good as she appears to be the matriarch of this family. But there were things I did like a lot, including the heroine's attitude, the rest of the secondary characters and the setting.