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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.

Enemies and Playmates - Darcia Helle Very intense, well-written romantic suspense. Some of the scenes are difficult to read, but that's necessary to the story. The villain's a little over-the-top but that's my only real complaint with this book. I liked the choppy style. It gives the book an old fashioned noir/pulp feel. The point of view shifts quite a bit, but the author handles that so deftly that it adds to the story rather than detracts. Both the primary and the secondary characters are well developed and the plot is tight and tense throughout.