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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.

Cassie's Grand Plan - Emmie Dark Cassie's Grand Plan is an excellent, engaging and very angsty romance. The central relationship involves strangers in difficult circumstances an an unequal power dynamic as the hero is a consultant evaluating the heroine's work. There's not a lot of mystery here. Something has to create conflict and it's pretty obvious what it will be from the beginning. Despite this the author has created a suspense filled plot.that really drew me in.The heroine is sweet and naive and so full of hope and fear that she made my heart ache. The hero is much less likeable in the beginning. He grows considerably throughout the book and by the end I felt he was good enough for the heroine. Most of the secondary characters make only brief appearances and they mainly serve to develop the hero and heroine's characters and create tension leading up to the book's main conflict. Fortunately they are fleshed out just enough that they are realistic characters rather than charicatures. The main characters' father figures are better developed and it was very interesting watching the hero and heroine's perceptions of them change over the course of the story.I've seen Ms. Dark compared to Sarah Mayberry in reviews and I feel it is a valid comparison as they both write Harlequin SuperRomances very well. However, I think their styles and themes differ quite a bit which is a good thing. I like variety. This book was very enjoya le but should come with a tissue warning. I cried several times while reading it.