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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.

Truly Madly Yours (Truly, Idaho, #1) - Rachel Gibson DNFed. I have enjoyed Ms. Gibson’s Chinooks hockey team series very much. I was hoping the horrible cover art was not a reflection on the writing in Truly, Madly Yours and that I would enjoy this book as much as I have the Chinooks books. Unfortunately, the part I managed to slog through was full of lazy, sloppy writing. There’s a then/than error in the first chapter. Instead of real characterization, the heroine is a cliche “quirky hairdresser with daddy issues who is obsessed with designer shoes” and the hero is acliche “fake bad-boy biker with long flowing hair.” Ugh. Every stale, quickly tossed-off, boring contemporary romance and cozy mystery uses these in place of real characterization. Since I automatically deduct 1 star from romances for each of the following: a) long haired men, b) shoe name dropping and c) then/than errors, I knew I was done early on. I decided to stop and give this book 2 stars before it got knocked down to 1 or less by a stale, cliche plot I could see coming from a mile away. I realize this is one of Ms. Gibson’s older books and I won’t let it stop me from reading others, but I think I have to pass on this series.