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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.

A Little Harmless Addiction - Melissa Schroeder 3.5 stars. I took a fairly long break between books in this series and almost skipped this one because it sounded like it didn't contain any BDSM play. (And it does not, though there are some nice se y love scenes.) It had a very different feel from the other Harmless books. The pace is much slower and less suspenseful. I like both the hero and heroine and they certainly have plenty of chemistry, but I never felt much tension driving the plot. In fact, almost all the drama in this book occurs in flashbacks. It's like coming upon an beautiful and wild undiscovered beach a day after it has been swept by a violent storm and with an afternoon squall threatening to break just a little out to sea. The waves have picked up and the clouds move in and suddenly your dashing for cover. But the storm is brief and simply highlights the wrath of the previous day's tempest.I found this book calming, even during its most angsty parts. It eemed like a major departure from the rest of the series but in light of its placement in the series, I think that is okay. I would have liked more drama in the actual plot of the book, though and less reliance on flashbacks. I prefer the wild tempest to the little afternoon popup squall.