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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.

Marriage Made on Paper - Maisey Yates This was an enjoyable fake-engagement romance (and marginally a boss-employee romance though Lily is not technically an employee*). Instead of unrequited one-sided longing that appears in many Harlequins, both Lily and Gage claim they don't want a relationship and both futility fight falling in love. There are plenty of hot love scenes and when they are going at each other (either in lust or denial-based anger) there is plenty of heat and chemistry. In between those times, however they both come off as cold and I had trouble engaging with them. The hero's slightly more sympathetic than the heroine, at least for me, mainly due to his relationship with his sister. I'd give this a bit over 3.5 stars -- maybe 3.75. And I'd recommend it for those times when you want a steady, persistent build up rather than big heartbreaking drama.*Lily owns her own PR firm and has a contract with Gage. She has other employees working on other contract PR work for other clients. Though she has an office in Gage's business, I don't think even the IRS would consider her an employee.