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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.

Maid for the Billionaire (Legacy Collection, #1) - Ruth Cardello This book got off to a good start, bogged down in the middle and fell completely apart for me at the end. I thought Ms. Cardello started with an interesting take on a standard HP type plot. The hero is grieving and angry and coerces his substitute housekeeper into keeping him company. That part was fine. In the middle the focus is on the heroine's thoughts. I found her thoughts excruciatingly boring. The hero's mostly absent and it just goes on and on. Then, during the last third, things go wacko but not in a good trainwrecky way.Unfortunately, the heroine turns into an obnoxious Mary Sue type, sought out by the most important woman in China, adored by billions, able to save complicated business negotiations by her mere presence. She also turns into an extreme weeper. She delivers a lame rant and of course the hero then is willing to sacrifice his business (and his employees livelihoods) so that this ridiculous, weeping woman will stay with him. And this guy's supposed to be some kind of super businessman. But the heroine was able to understand what almost cost him this huge Chinese deal better than he could. Riiiggght. Then the only interesting bit of mystery from the good beginning of the story is instantly resolved in a completely uninteresting wayBlech.There is some decent sequel bait in the secondary characters. I have a feeling books 2 and 3 may be more interesting than this one. It wouldn't be that hard.