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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 Wolf Next Door

The Wolf Next Door - Lydia Dare Really 1.5 stars. I finally slogged my way through this thing, skimming a great deal between the 25% and 50% mark. I still cannot stand the heroine. She was great in the first book in the series, A Certain Wolfish Charm, and I do recommend that book. But Prisca's undergone a horrible personality transplant, nothing she thinks or says makes much sense, she's rude and hateful and I feel awful for the hero for being stuck with her. Despite feeling bad for him, I also felt that Will underwent a bit of a personality change and there were times I didn't like him much either. Miscommunication is overused a great deal in this book. I believe there were other ways Ms. Dare could have created tension between Will and Prisca. Still, there were a few nice moments and some good dialogue and there are some well-developed secondary characters in the book, so I bumped my rating up from the initial 1 star to 1.5 stars. Barely. The first and second books in this series (A Certain Wolfish Charm and Talk, Dark and Wolfish) are much better. I haven't read book 4 (Taming the Wolf) but it looks promising. I recommend reading those and skipping this one, even though this book introduces the hero for book 4.