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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.

Weekends Required (Danvers, #1) - Sydney Landon This was a bit better than I expected it to be. I'd give it 3.5 stars. It's a typical boss/PA contemporary romance with little side plots dealing with the heroine's creepy neighbor and her mother's Alzheimer's. Both side plots serve to give the hero opportunities to come to the heroine's rescue though the mom side plot is much more fleshed out and also provides some characterization for the heroine. The hero is a hypocritical jerk but he does improve some as the story develops.Previous reviewers have mentioned the stilted, formal, contractionless dialog between the hero and heroine. What's even stranger is that the few contractions that do appear make the dialog sound even more formal and also old fashioned. There are someting like "I've plenty of time to..." That was problem 1 for me. Problem 2 is angst that resolves far too quickly at the end but that is typical of the HP romances this resembles.Then there was the name of the party planning company which I mention in comments below. Why not just use Parties Plus? I found the mother-daughter relationship more interesting than the romance but this was still a nice enough romantic read. It is certainly not the hot mess I was expecting from some reviews. It's basically an HP with a little added plot and some odd and funny diction missteps.